Three-minute read. For the past 14 years youth, their families, clergy, volunteers, and others have gathered to celebrate the previous year at the Bishop’s Ball. Unfortunately, we were unable to reschedule the Bishop’s Ball this year. There was still some celebrating to do though.
Two-minute read. The Episcopal Church Department of Faith Formation, in collaboration with the 2020 Episcopal Youth Event (EYE20) planning team and Episcopal Church leadership, announced today that the Episcopal Youth Event (EYE) will not be convened this triennium due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Note: the following information is presented in English and Spanish
Aviso: La siguiente información se presenta en inglés y en español
Today MissionPalooza @Home is focusing their outreach efforts on eldercare, serving those that live in nursing homes and are homebound. In the past volunteers at MissionPalooza have visited nursing homes in the Kansas City area. While there, volunteers spend time with the residents playing games, crafting, serving food, and visiting through conversations. Since COVID-19 has made it difficult for family and friends to visit their loved ones living in nursing homes, the MissionPalooza Design Team has found a way we can be able to engage with the residents through homemade cards.
Every year at MissionPalooza we take a small group of teens and adults to volunteer at various pet shelters in the Kansas City area. Last year we spent time at both Unleashed Pet Rescue and Midwest Animal Resq. While at these shelters we spend time cleaning cages, engaging with the animals through playing and walks, and one of the biggest projects, helping with the laundry. Pet shelters go through an enormous amount of washing. We also take time to bake dog treats and make blankets. The dog treats are super easy to make, and most of the ingredients can be found in your pantry.
July 20-24, is MissionPalooza @Home! As the video states, everyone is encouraged to participate as you can. Bishop Marty and Josh Trader have challenged the entire diocese to participate; challenge your friends and neighbors too. Even though we can’t be together in-person for MissionPalooza this year, the design team has been hard at work to help you bring MissionPalooza to your home. Even the smallest acts can have some of the biggest impacts on those around you.
Even in the midst of a pandemic where we are physical distancing, life can be busy. There is Zoom call after Zoom call, chores, maybe a job, friendships, family, and so many other things that keep you busy throughout your day. This weekend is designed to help you to slow down your life and listen to God.
One-minute read. In cooperation with youth leaders from around the diocese and Bishop Field, we have made the decision to host all youth events online through July. We are developing plans for “long-distance” offerings, including online Small Groups that will meet throughout the summer, as well as potential new ways to gather in person when we feel it’s safe to do so.
One-minute read. Interns are highly valued team members of The Diocese of West Missouri’s Formation programs. The Summer Intern program has two places available for young adults who graduated high school in 2019 or earlier. The new Ministry Intern is for young adults, at least 21 years old and who have discerned a call to ministry.
One-minute read. DYG – Registration for the 2019 Diocesan Youth Gathering October 25-26 is open. EYE – In order for us to plan our trip to EYE20, we need to know how many are interested in attending. At the current moment, we do not have a cost estimate, this will depend on the registration fees for EYE and how we will need to travel.