Children and Youth
The vision of the diocesan children's and youth ministries department is to be a Christian community that reflects Christ's love and a place of acceptance of all people. The children's and youth ministry department strives to provide opportunities for young people (grades six through twelve) to come together in fellowship with other youth to grow in spiritual formation and develop leadership within the church. This mission includes supporting youth leaders and congregations in their youth ministries. While this department has been historically focused on ministry with youth (those in middle and high school), the staff are available to assist congregations with all of their Christian formation needs, including youth, children and families.
During this time of limited in-person gatherings, the diocesan children's and youth ministry department has created guidelines for conducting these ministries during Stage 1B, as well as a template for collecting contact tracing information.
A subset of children's and youth ministry, the Children, Youth and Mental Health Committee, is dedicated to supporting young people and their parents in navigating mental health challenges and supporting mental wellness. They have curated resources appropriate to different age groups. Contact Amy Campbell, children's and family missioner, or the Rev Lauren Villemuer-Drenth, committee chair, with questions.
See an example of recent diocesan youth programming in the video below.
The Chartered Committee on Youth is a group of youth and adults from the seven different convocations in the Diocese of North Carolina appointed by the Bishop to govern all the youth programs in the diocese.Read More »
Christian formation doesn't happen in a vacuum! It also doesn't happen in just one setting, in one group, at one location, only on Sunday mornings. Transformative Christian formation occurs in those places where life and faith meet. It occurs at the dinner table, on ball fields, at work, on the playground, in the classroom and too many other places to list. Relationships are the key to a faith that will last and grow.Read More »
Safe Church training is designed to increase awareness regarding sexual misconduct and abuse of power, to outline steps toward preventing abuse, to offer ways to intervene when misconduct occurs and to equip anyone in a position of parish leadership with ways of healing and rebuilding the body of Christ.Read More »
Read descriptions of the four annual diocesan youth events - Bishops' Ball, Genesis, Happening and HUGS Camp - and register for upcoming events.Read More »
Find general best practices for youth ministry, sample youth ministry forms, ideas for youth mission trips and worship resources.Read More »