17 June 2010

Episcopal Youth Event 2011 Pricing

COME TOGETHER: Intimately Linked in this Harvest Work
REUNAMONOS: Entrelazádos Intimamente en esta Cosecha
June 22 - 26, 2011
St. Paul, Minnesota
The 2011 Episcopal Youth Event will feel similar to past events in many ways, yet it is shaping up to be a very different experience. Reflecting the growth, progress and transformation of our church over time, the EYE Mission Planning Team has identified a theme from scripture that, combined with the Five Marks of Mission, will call participants into a greater awareness of and commitment to God's mission in the world.
There will be three very full days of  worship, sharing, praying, learning, singing, and working between the arrival and departure days. The primary event will be followed by an opportunity for Three Days of Mission.
Three Days of Mission
Minnesota is preparing to offer Three Days of Mission following the triennial event. Youth groups will have opportunities to either remain on campus through June 30 to engage in urban mission in the Greater Twin Cities Area, or may deploy to rural locations throughout the diocese and the province. Plans and coordination efforts are under way and opportunities will be announced as they are identified.
Minnesota Youth Ministers are already planning for their mission of hospitality, support and resources as they prepare to welcome the youth of the church next summer. The Rt. Rev. Brian Prior, Bishop of Minnesota, has identified local leaders to help coordinate efforts .

Registration and Pricing
Each diocese of The Episcopal Church will be allowed up to 32 youth participants and 8 adult participants, observing a one adult to four youth ratio. In an effort to keep prices low and access open, we plan to charge $275 per participant (youth and adult). Ten percent of each registration will be used specifically to respond to mission opportunities at the event in keeping with the Five Marks of Mission and Millennium Development Goals. The remaining registration will cover meals and lodging at the event. A nominal fee of less than $25 per person may be charged for airport/train station shuttle service on the Minnesota end of travel.
Bethel University will also be offering lodging and breakfast for groups who wish to remain on campus for Three Day of Mission at a rate of $20 per person. This will be an option that can be selected when the registration process opens and once mission opportunities have been identified.
Time Table and Criteria
We hope to open registration January 2, 2011. Our intention is to then leave registration open until we fill the event, so diocesan registrations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Details on the process will be forthcoming. This fall each diocese should begin its own process of discerning whom amongst them is called to represent and mentor the youth of the diocese at this amazing gathering. Each diocese will need to establish an open process that allows for recruiting a diverse delegation, considering the full breadth of our multi-cultural and richly diverse church.
Adult leaders also need to be discerned with care. The Episcopal Youth Event is not simply an adventure that requires chaperones, but a gathering of the youth leadership in our denomination. Adults will also have opportunities to gather and learn together as they walk with young people in lifting up our covenant for being in community with respect, and adhering to appropriate behaviors and boundaries. All participating adults must be Safe Church Trained and Background Checked. Each diocese will need to have it's own registrar who will coordinate the logistics of registration, transportation, and payment with the Youth Ministries office. Dioceses will also need to arrange their own transportation and expenses for traveling to and from Minnesota.
Please keep this event in your prayers as the Youth and Adults on the Mission Planning Team walk forward in faith to this sacred gathering. Plan to Come Together, for we are Intimately Linked in this Harvest Work!
Faithfully in Christ,
Bronwyn Clark Skov
Youth Ministries Officer

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