Category Archives: Youth Ministry

Together Despite Differences: Youth Worship Event Report

By Madison Smith, Deep Run East In order to bring teens “together despite differences”, Eastern District and Franconia Mennonite Conference held their annual Youth Worship Gathering on June 4, 2016. The theme of the event was “Built together in Christ”, and was led by Chantelle Todman Moore, Philadelphia Program Coordinator for Mennonite Central Committee. According to Christian … Continue reading Together Despite Differences: Youth Worship Event Report

Havin’ A Blast!

By John Stoltzfus What do you get when you bring together 130 junior high youth from 15 different churches in Franconia and Eastern District Mennonite Conferences? A picture of both the present and future reality of the church and kingdom of God. Our junior high youth are image bearers of God. They have the ability to … Continue reading Havin’ A Blast!

Waiting together in the cold

by John Stoltzfus, conference youth minister Recently, I spent three days with a group of conference leaders who work in youth ministry. This is an annual gathering at a beach house that has no agenda other than to be with one another, share what is happening in our lives and ministries, and eat some good … Continue reading Waiting together in the cold

New Anabaptist ministry starts at Penn State

by Lora Steiner, managing editor As college students head to campus this fall, one congregation, University Mennonite Church in State College, Pennsylvania, is beginning a new initiative: an Anabaptist campus pastor, called by the church to minister to students. University Mennonite Church is located just a few miles from Penn State University. It began over … Continue reading New Anabaptist ministry starts at Penn State

Lehigh Valley congregations partner to support youth minister

Danilo Sanchez at Lock-in

by Sheldon C. Good HARLEYSVILLE, Pa. – Some of the most diverse growth in Anabaptism along the East Coast is occurring in Allentown, Pennsylvania’s fastest growing city and now a city that is majority Hispanic. Even so, none of the city’s broad range of Anabaptist congregations has enough resources or even youth to maintain a … Continue reading Lehigh Valley congregations partner to support youth minister

Worship event to foster connection among youth

Luke Hartman

by Sheldon C. Good HARLEYSVILLE, Pa. – Franconia and Eastern District Conferences are hosting junior and senior high youth this June at an event that will feature elements very similar to the biennial Mennonite Church USA youth convention, but with one key difference – it’s outside. The worship event, cosponsored by the Mennonite Heritage Center, … Continue reading Worship event to foster connection among youth

Seeking peace and pursuing it with Conference youth

Arise & Methacton youth

What happens when a youth group from a 274-year-old congregation (Methacton) meets with the youth from a community outreach that is just about a year old (Arise)? What happens when you then pile those youth in a couple of vans and drive two hours to a cabin where they will be cooped up for a couple of days? What happens when you add to this mix three 50-something-year-old leaders who want to connect with these kids and have a serious discussion about being peacemakers? You get a weekend when all of us learned a lot about each other and probably a little more about ourselves, a weekend when we all learned that we can have a lot of fun together.