It is often said in church circles that “young people are the future of the church.” In the dioceses of Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania, we believe that young people are the church now. We seek to provide quality programming that is accessible and valuable to youth from each of our congregations.
Episcopal Youth Event (EYE)
EYE is the triennial gathering of young people and their sponsors from every diocese of the Episcopal Church. It is a celebration to inspire deeper faith in Jesus Christ and a renewed commitment to mission and ministry. It is the single largest youth event in the Episcopal Church, attended by some 1500 young people, adult sponsors, bishops, staff, and resource people. EYE is an opportunity to meet other young people from around the world and experience the church on a global level.
Youth Summer Camp Days on August 15 and 28
Wendy Schumacher, missioner for children and youth, has worked with camp staff to offer two opportunities for families to experience a little slice of camp this summer:
Sunday, August 15 at Lake Chautauqa Lutheran Center (LCLC) in Bemus Point, NY
The day will start at 2 p.m. and end with a campfire around 8 p.m. Additional activities will include a nature hike, arts and crafts, camp theme time with Bible art, lawn games and gaga ball, camp songs, and dinner provided by LCLC.
Saturday August 28 at Camp Nazareth in Mercer, PA
The day will be start at 10 a.m. and end with a church service around 4 p.m. The activities planned for this day include swimming (in a chlorinated pool), camp theme with Bible art, arts and crafts, a nature hike, camp songs, and lunch provided by Camp Nazareth.
As long as weather permits, all activities will take place outside on both days. In the event activities must take place inside due to weather, masks will be required for all participants. This year’s camp theme will be “Healer: reacting as Jesus taught us!” Campers who have received Bibles in prior years should bring them along.