SO, YOU WANT TO START A CHILDREN OR YOUTH FORMATION PROGRAM?

January 19th and 26th on Zoom

Join our diocesan formation staff for an online gathering focused on resource sharing, visioning, and discussion aimed at equipping leaders to build (or rebuild!) their congregation’s formation programs for young people.

Whether you’re someone already working with young people in your congregation or you have dreams of growing and building in this area, you are invited to join us on Zoom to vision and imagine a children or youth program for your congregation. All are welcome.

With questions, please contact McKenzie Knill, Director of Children, Youth, and Young Adult Formation, at mknill@eastmich.org or mknill@edwm.org, or at 810-434-5982.

RSVP

This session will be offered twice, please join us for the date and time that work best for your availability. Click the buttons to RSVP to receive your Zoom link.

Thursday, January 19th

10-11:30am

 

Thursday, January 26th

6-7:30pm

PREACHING FOR SPIRITUAL FORMATION

February 4th, 10-3pm at St. John’s, Midland

During her preparation for her D.Min. in Preaching, the Rev. Canon Dr. Tracie Little, Canon to the Ordinary serving Eastern Michigan, developed the Barrier-Pivot-Passage model for preaching for spiritual formation within a congregation that had identified a restlessness and readiness to deepen their spirituality. The preaching project that unfolded at St. Jude’s, Fenton during that time revealed that this model can help listeners connect the pattern of Barrier-Pivot-Passage in scripture to their own spiritual lives, having an impact on their participation with God’s ongoing work in the world.

This workshop will help participants craft sermons that move congregations focused on cognitive learning from a head experience into an engagement with the heart, leading to a growing awareness of their own response to God.

This event, which will take place on Saturday, February 4th from 10-3pm, is offered for all clergy and licensed lay preachers serving in Eastern and Western Michigan.

**This event was rescheduled from its original date in September. Those that had registered and paid for the September event will automatically be transferred to this new date. If you are unable to attend, please contact kforsyth@eastmich.org and we will issue a refund. Thank you! **

Please contact the Rev. Canon Dr. Tracie Little with any questions – tlittle@eastmich.org.

LOCATION

St. John’s Episcopal Church
405 N. Saginaw Road
Midland, MI

sjec-midland.org

REGISTRATION

This event is open to all clergy and licensed lay preachers in Eastern and Western Michigan. The cost to participate has been subsidized to $10 per person, which includes lunch.

Please register by the end of the day, January 29th.

 

Convention Ordinations – Fall 2022

By the Grace of God and with the consent of the People, The Right Reverend Prince Grenville Singh Bishop Provisional will ordain the following people at the Fall 2022 Joint Convention.

Joseph Kennedy

To the Sacred Order of Deacons in Christ’s One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church

The Rev. Alicia Hager, The Rev.  Derek Quinn

To the Sacred Order of Priests
in Christ’s One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church

and will receive a priest,

The Rev. Shadrack Owuor

in accordance with Title III, Canon 10 of The Episcopal Church,
from the Diocese of Butere, Anglican Church of Kenya
to The Episcopal Church

Being our closing Eucharist of the Third Joint Diocesan Convention, your prayers and presence are requested.

Anyone may attend the Ordination Service and Convention Closing Eucharist, regardless of whether they are registered for convention. However, those wishing to join us for lunch or any other part of the convention programming must register as a visitor by October 12th.

The service will also be livetreamed on the Eastern and Western Michigan Facebook Pages.

Clergy will process in alb with red stoles.
Congregational banners will process in celebration.

DATE

1:30pm

Saturday, October 29th, 2022.

LOCATION

The Lansing Center
Exhibit Hall A
333 E Michigan Avenue
Lansing, Michigan 48933

VIRTUAL YOUTH GROUP RETURNS!

First Wednesdays from 6:30-8:30, Starts Nov. 2nd

All Eastern and Western Michigan young people and their mentors are invited to gather on the first Wednesdays of each month for our bi-diocesan virtual youth group!

We began this experiment during the early days of the pandemic and have continued with regularity ever since! After a break for the summer, our online youth group returns on Wednesday, November 2nd.

Who’s invited? Any and all young people in our dioceses, middle school and high school-aged. Their adult mentors (congregational formation staff and volunteers, clergy, etc.) are invited also!

What will we do? Our activities vary month to month, but each time we gather, we’ll have some time to check-in with one another, engage in some Christian formation, play some games, and finish our evening praying Compline together.

Questions about this offering?
Please contact either McKenzie Knill, Director of Children, Youth, and Young Adult Formation at mknill@eastmich.org or mknill@edwm.org, or Jeff Brown, Regional Youth Missioner serving the Central Youth Region, at jbrown@eastmich.org or jbrown@edwm.org.

JOIN THE ZOOM

There’s no need to RSVP to join us at Virtual Youth Group — just join the Zoom meeting!

We meet every first Wednesday of the month from 6:30-8:30pm, beginning November 2nd and continuing through May 2023.

Here’s the link to join us (you may want to save this for later!):
https://zoom.us/j/969320032

LIVING LIGHTS: AN ILLUMIZOO EXPERIENCE

CENTRAL YOUTH REGION FAMILY OUTING

November 12, 6-7:30pm at John Ball Zoo

Youth from the Central Youth Region (and their families!) are invited to gather at John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids for Living Lights: An Illumizoo Experience!

This unique annual event invites the community to get outdoors, celebrate Michigan’s beautiful fall weather, and explore and learn more about the animals and organisms that lights up the night. Bring your family and friends and enjoy the wonders of living creatures that light up the night and the dark waters. Vibrant lights and sounds will transform the Zoo, enriching the appreciation of wildlife and wild places found all around us.

Admission will be sponsored for the whole family by the Dioceses of Eastern and Western Michigan. At least one parent/guardian from a family is required to attend with their kids for the duration of our time together. Space is limited!

We will gather at the Zoo at 6pm at a meeting spot to be determined — we’ll email all details to registrants a few days before the event.

Questions about this event? Please contact Jeff Brown, regional youth missioner serving the Central Youth Region, at jbrown@eastmich.org or jbrown@edwm.org.

DATE & LOCATION

John Ball Zoo
1300 Fulton St W
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
jbzoo.org

A specific gathering spot will be communicated to participants ahead of the event!

REGISTRATION

The cost for this event is entirely subsidized by the Youth Formation budget of the dioceses. There is no cost for families to join.

The deadline to RSVP is Thursday, November 3rd.

CORE DISMANTLING RACISM TRAINING

October 14-15 at St. John’s, Grand Haven

The Dismantling Racism Task Force will sponsor an opportunity for members of the Episcopal Dioceses of Eastern and Western Michigan to participate in a two-day intensive offered by CORE (Congregations Organizing for Racial Equity).

The training, titled “Understanding Racism” covers the many facets of racism, from its origins to its outward manifestations. It explores scripture, definitions of racism, and common language, and encourages participants to look inward at their biases, as well as outward at the institutions and locations in which they live, work, and worship. This particular offering will be contextualized for an Episcopal audience.

For Western Michigan participants – this training satisfies the requirements under Level 1 and Level 2 of the diocesan dismantling racism policy.

Please read below for details about cost and registration, including an option for overnight accommodations.

We are anticipating an additional training opportunity to be held in a northern location sometime next Spring.

Photo: Eastern and Western Michigan participants during last Spring’s CORE Training in Grand Rapids.

DATE & LOCATION

October 14-15, 2022

St. John’s Episcopal Church
524 Washington Ave
Grand Haven, MI 49417

The program takes place from 7-9pm on Friday, the 14th and from 9-4pm on Saturday, the 15th.

REGISTRATION

The cost to participate has been subsidized to $20/person for the two-day training, which includes lunch provided on Saturday.

(This event is made possible by the Dismantling Racism Task Force. The typical cost to attend a CORE training is $200 per person.)

The training is open to all in the Dioceses of Eastern and Western Michigan. Space is limited to 40 participants. We will maintain a waiting list to fill extra spots, should they open.

We have a small block of rooms available at the Best Western Beacon Inn, for participants at a reduced rate of $180/night. To reserve, please call 616-842-4720 and give them the group name, “EDWM-Core.” The deadline to reserve rooms under this block is September 14th.

The deadline to submit your registration for the training is October 10th.

CONTEMPLATIVE FIBER ARTS RETREAT

September 23-25 at Camp Chickagami

Fiber artists of all kinds and skill levels are invited to join us at Camp Chickagami to retreat and create, enjoying the beginning of autumn in Northern Michigan!

Join us for several days in community focused on building a closer relationship with God and other fiber artists. The schedule for our retreat is flexible – with time spent both alone and in group, in crafting and exploring our retreat theme: “Exploring Mystery – In Our Fiber Arts and In Our Lives.” As we craft together, we will reflect on the role that our fiber arts have in our lives and in our spiritual practices, especially when it is unexpected.

Our retreat is led by the Rev. Radha Kaminski, Rector of the Central Michigan Episcopal Covenant, a collaboration between St. Andrew’s, Big Rapids and St. Mary’s, Cadillac. Radha is a knitter, sewist, and aspiring spinner. She learned to sew as a child in her grandmother’s sewing classes and taught herself knitting after college. Knitting is a significant part of her spiritual practice, whether through its meditative rhythm or by crafting saintly gnomes.

Artists are asked to bring their own fiber arts materials and tools. There will be extension cords and some lamps available in the main hall we will be meeting and crafting in, but please bring any specific ones you will need. Projects and equipment may be left in the main hall during the retreat.

Learn more about adult retreats at Camp Chick, including a recommended packing list, FAQs and more, on their website.

WHAT ARE FIBER ARTS?

Fiber art — practices and creations as old as humanity — is art that employs the use of fiber materials, such as yarn, wool, or fabric. Creations of fiber arts can serve functional roles while also being sources of storytelling, of spirituality, and of deep complexity. Examples include knitting, crochet, weaving, quilting, needlework, spinning, braiding, lacing, and much more.

GENERAL SCHEDULE

Friday, September 23 – Check-in anytime between 3:00 and 6:00pm. We will gather at 6 pm for dinner, followed by community reflection, conversation, and fiberwork. An optional service of Compline will end our day.

Saturday, September 24 – The day includes gatherings for community reflection, conversation, fiberwork, free time, community meals, optional communion bread baking, and prayer services.

Sunday, September 25 – After breakfast we will gather for our closing service of Holy Communion with our final time of community reflection, conversation, and fiberwork. You are free to depart anytime after the service, but are welcome to remain for lunch and relax for a while.

ABOUT CAMP CHICK

Camp Chickagami, incorporated in 1929, is the ACA accredited camp and retreat center owned and operated by the Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Michigan. Located in Presque Isle, Michigan with frontage on Lake Esau and access to Lake Huron, Camp Chick offers individual and group rental stays and programming for children, youth, and adults throughout the summer season. Learn more at campchickagami.org.

REGISTRATION

This retreat’s pricing is a tiered pricing structure, beginning at $300, which includes lodging, all meals, and some materials.

Lodging will be assigned by Camp Chickagami with assignments ranging from cottages to bunk-cabins. If you have requests for cabin-mates please let us know during the registration process.

Partners/families are welcome to attend, whether or not they are also fiber artists or crafters. Children are welcome; though please note that there will be no childcare or children’s programming provided during the retreat and all children must be supervised by their responsible adults.