- Monthly Youth Pastor/Worker gathering on the fourth Wednesday at 10:30AM-12:00PM (August through May). We value the opportunity to meet together to collaborate in ministry, support and prayer for one another, and plan youth events. Everyone who works with youth is welcome to join. We meet at various locations. Contact John Stoltzfus if you want to know more or join the email list.
- Franconia/Eastern District Conference Youth Workers facebook group
- October 16: noon fellowship meal at Plains Mennonite Church provided by Ripple and Whitehall youth as a fundraiser for MCUSA convention. All are welcome to come. Check with Heather Gingrich or Danilo Sanchez for more details.
- “The Dwelling Place – A casual event featuring ongoing live worship music and interactive prayer stations where young and old can dwell in God’s presence. Come to Souderton Mennonite Church for a time of experiencing God through worship, praise and prayer on Saturday, October 29th at 7:00pm. Souderton Mennonite Church’s address is 105 West Chestnut Street; Souderton, PA 18964. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 215-723-3088.”
- Conference Assembly: the Franconia Mennonite Church youth group and John Murray (Mennonite Mission Network) are hosting a youth event on November 4 which is the evening of the conference assembly worship at the Penn View Campus of Dock Mennonite Academy. Everyone is welcome to come with your youth for a time of pizza, games and some words from John Murray. It will begin at 5:45. And you are welcome to come whenever you are able to get there. We will start with pizza and then move into games such as human sized dutch blitz. We will meet in the smaller gym at Penn View campus.Stay for worship from 7-8:30PM. Nate Stuckey who is familiar to many of us from his work with youth for many years in this area is the speaker. There is ice cream following the worship. Here’s more about the worship: http://edc-fmc.org/assembly/
- December ice skating party open to all youth groups…more details and date will follow.
- March 17, 2017: Annual Jr High Late Night Blast: 6:30-11PM. A great tradition of worship, play and fellowship with other youth from the conference.
- March 5, 2017: Annual Volleyball Tournament at Men-O-Lan: This event is also a tradition from EDC Young People’s Union. Open to everyone. Join other youth groups in an afternoon of volleyball competition at Camp Men-O-Lan.
- June 2 2017: Survivor Croquet: Mennonite Heritage Center WHACK & ROLL Croquet Tournament—Survivor Croquet for senior high church youth groups. Winning teams win prizes of $1,000 (first place), $500 (second place), and $250 (third place) to put toward a service trip
The 2017 Late Night Blast will be March 17 at Dock Mennonite Academy! From 6:30 to 11:30 pm, we will have inspiring worship, fun games, great fellowship and all the pizza you can eat. Contact John Stoltzfus (email@example.com) if you have questions.
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It is the commitment of Franconia Conference that up-to-date information and resources will be provided that educate, equip and empower youth workers in their ministry with youth. There is openness to expanding this collaboration with others who share a similar Anabaptist vision for youth ministry.
Vision: Healing & Hope
God calls us to be followers of Jesus Christ and, by the power of the Holy Spirit, to grow as communities of grace, joy, and peace, so that God’s healing and hope flow through us to the world.
The mission in Mennonite youth ministry is to actively invite every youth to commit to a personal relationship and everlasting adventure with Jesus Christ, mentoring them towards wholeness within a supportive church community and empowering them to bring healing and hope to the world.
To follow Jesus Christ more faithfully, we mentor youth to love God with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength. By:
- Enriching our prayer, worship, and study of scriptures.
- Offering all that we are and have to God.
- Providing an environment where commitment to Christ is encouraged.
- Nurturing spiritual devotions, solitude, reflection, and fasting.
- Discipling through biblical teaching.
- Encouraging healthy self-esteem and respect for one’s body.
- Modeling biblical stewardship in all areas of life.
- Advocating love, peace, and justice as the Christian way of life.
- Guiding responsible decision-making in ethical and lifestyle choices.
- Teaching biblical ways of conflict resolution.
To grow as communities of grace, joy, and peace, we invite all youth to be an integral part of congregational life. By
- Calling and nurturing congregational leaders for ministry in a changing environment.
- Practicing love, forgiveness, and hospitality that affirm our diversity and heal our brokenness.
- Creating a loving and supporting environment.
- Strengthening family life.
- Embracing God’s gift of multicultural and intergenerational diversity.
- Advocating for youth in church and society.
To live as people of healing and hope, we call forth the gifts in youth and challenge youth to minister to the world through the power of the Holy Spirit. By:
- Inviting others to faith in Jesus Christ.
- Seeking God’s peace in our homes, work, neighborhoods, and the world.
- Seeking, recognizing, affirming, and involving the gifts and talents of youth.
- Calling youth to share their faith.
- Inviting youth to a lifestyle of mission and service.
- Educating, equipping, enabling, and empowering youth to minister.
- Partnering with denominational institutions and organizations to provide opportunities for ministry and missions.
- Walking with youth as they live out their faith.
- Discovering Opportunities for Outreach and Reflection (DOOR)
- Mennonite Disaster Service
- Sharing With Appalachian People (SWAP)
Summer and Short Term
- Mennonite Central Committee (two days to one month or more)
- Youth Venture
- MCC Summer Service Program
For more service opportunities click the following links:
LinksHealthy Balance – Hope, Dreams & Wings
Resources for Peacemaking
- The parent and youth leader resource event “Healthy Balance – Hope, Dreams & Wings” included seminars on parenting, modesty, technology and internet safety, crisis care and sports. Click here to read more and view the resources available from this event.
- Introducing the Materials for Conscientious Objection
- Advice to those Considering Enlistment
- How to Create a Conscientious Objector’s (CO) File
- Explanation for the Peacemaker Registration Form
- Peacemaker Registration Form (Record of Conscientious Objection to War)
- Video/Web/Printed Resources
Mennonite Camps & Schools
- Four Year Sunday School Curriculum Guide created by Blooming Glen Mennonite Church
- Youth Breezes Archive