Youth & Young Adult Programs
Dear Communities of faith in the Nakonha:Ka Regional Council: With the provincial reopening plan in full swing, and churches across Quebec making plans to have face-to-face worship again, our YaYA leadership team wanted to highlight a few recommendations for churches...read more
United Spirit Camp online was a big success. In these uncertain and disconnecting times, we wanted to be able reach out to our camper community and remind them that we love them and miss them! When things are safer we will be here to welcome them to camp....read more
I want to begin here today with a caveat; while I think many contemporary issues young families face can be tackled with a beautiful children’s book in hand, I am wary of education as being the singular approach that many white people take to combatting racism. We all...read more
A prayer written collectively by the YAYA: Creator God, be with us as we struggle to process, learn and understand the magnitude of the injustice in our world. Help us be brave in facing our own prejudices. Help our eyes to see what is happening. Be with the people on...read more
It is with very mixed feelings that the United Spirit Camp committee has decided that we will not be holding any face-to-face programming at the Camp D’action Biblique site this summer. Even though we will miss everyone we know we can keep camp spirit alive. We all...read more
SPECIAL INITIATIVES DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC
Daily Online Conversations for Youth and Young Adults
Almost every day, youth, young adults and their leaders from our region, and our neighbours to the West in Region 12 have been meeting on ZOOM to chat about our day, pray, tell silly jokes and share in community. These meetings take place on weekdays at 3:00pm ET and youth and young adults are welcome to hop on anytime.
Contact Shanna Bernier for details about how to connect.
Online Children’s Church
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Shanna Bernier is offering a weekly online children’s church service on Facebook Live at 9:00 am on Sundays. Videos of past services are available below.
Please note that this initiative is on hold for the summer.
Online Youth Forum – April 18, 2020
Letter from Shanna Bernier:
I am writing to you this strange, rainy Easter Monday with sadness in my heart that the Youth of Conseil régional Nakonha:ka Regional Council cannot gather in person in Cowansville as they were supposed to this coming weekend. I am sad I will not be going to Costco to buy hundreds of dollars of food and snacks to feed a church full of teenagers. I am sad we cannot hug and sit in a circle on the floor.
While I am sad, I am so grateful. I am grateful that this community it stronger and more resilient than any pandemic, and that we have found ways to connect despite physical distancing.
This coming Saturday, on April 18 we will be having a special gathering all afternoon to mark the time which would have been spent together at youth forum. I am hoping we have a good amount of participation!
I would ask that everyone who wishes to join please fill in a short registration, as we usually do, so I can update mailing addresses and keep track of who might join. Your info will not be shared with anyone without your consent. The registration link is here:
This Youth Forum Online will start at 12:30 and end around 4:30. We will take a few breaks and if people cannot stay the whole time or need to arrive late they can, but for the best experience I encourage everyone to come at 12:30.
Please contact Shanna Bernier with any questions, and for details about how to connect.
Online Camp – June 29 to July 3, 2020
Rendez-vous Online – August 11 to 14, 2020
Rendez-vous 2020 will be going ahead 11-14 August 2020 – just in a different way.
2020 is turning out to be a year of the unexpected and that means Rendez-vous 2020 will be a Rendez-vous unlike any other. Due to the ongoing health crisis, we won’t be able to hold a large gathering in Calgary this summer. It’s up to us to dream together what it means to be a community of faith, even if we can’t all be in the same (physical) space.
Through real-time online events, recordings, and DIY workshop kits, we will celebrate bold faith, brave space and brazen grace. Here’s what you can expect:
- Inspiring speakers, powerful worship and singing your favorite songs
- Fun, engaging and interactive workshops and activities
- New friends from across the country and around the world
- Awesome t-shirts (yep, it will be a Rendez-vous to remember!)
Learn more: https://www.uccrendezvous.ca/
REGULAR PROGRAMS AND EVENTS
What is Youth Forum?
It is a weekend retreat for high school and CEGEP youth organized by folks from the United Church of Canada. It is an event planned by youth, for youth. Youth Forum has been going on in this region for more than 40 years!
What will we do there?
At Youth Forum, you will play games, eat yummy food, make music, learn new things, meet new people, participate in Worship, explore and deepen spirituality and faith. Youth Forum is hard to explain, it is something best experienced first hand!
Why should I go? I don’t go to Church…
Everyone is welcome at Youth Forum. It is organized by the Nakonha:ka Regional Council of the United Church of Canada which is a progressive, Protestant, Christian Church. People of all faiths or no faith are always welcome. This is not an event to convert folks, but to explore meaningful relationships and new ideas. We are an open-minded and diverse community.
Contact Shanna Bernier for more info: email@example.com
United Spirit Camp Esprit Uni
United Spirit Camp Esprit Uni is designed for boys and girls aged 8-15. All are welcome (no church affiliation required).
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to be put on our mailing list and receive links to online registration.
Rendez-vous is a United Church of Canada national gathering for youth, young adults, and their leaders. It is an opportunity to come together and worship, dream, and connect with one another. This event will provide a showcase for local, regional, and national ministry ideas, speakers, and musicians. Participants will take part in inspired and powerful worship, listen to engaging and relevant speakers, participate in workshops and exposure trips, and create community with peers from across this country.
Rendez-vous is an event for all people who are passionate about youth and young adult ministries in The United Church of Canada. Rendez-vous is for high school aged youth who want to connect with other young people sharing the same struggles and search for meaning in life. Rendez-vous is for young adults discerning where and how God is calling them to live their life. Rendez-vous is for educators and leaders who desire a better understanding of the value of youth and young adult ministry and desire contextual, theologically based resources to serve their ministries faithfully.
Get involved with Rendez-vous, the national gathering of United Church of Canada youth, young adults, and their leaders. Rendez-vous is held every three years in the year before a General Council.
Rendez-vous 2020: https://www.uccrendezvous.ca/