March 8, 2021

Youth Leaders and Pastors,

There will NOT be a youth leaders' gathering this week on Wednesday.  You are encouraged to connect with a mid-week Lent service if you can, or take the time for some extra rest and reflection.  Please see the announcements below about some upcoming items.

Please watch for information about gathering on Wednesday, April 14th. For now, plan on it happening, but if it is NOT happening, I will let you know by Wed., April 7th.

Please let me know if there's any other way I can support your leadership or ministry with young people.

In Christ,

Deacon Michelle Collins
cell: 321-376-3746 (on WhatsApp)

Keep reading for:

  1. Upcoming events for Lutheran/Anglican Youth Leaders through Stronger Together
  2. Easter Vigil--April 3, 2021
  3. Young Adult Zoom Gathering--March. 22 @ 7:30 pm. Special Guest: Bishop Susan Johnson (National Bishop, ELCIC)

Upcoming Events for Lutheran/Anglican Youth Leaders through Stronger Together

Youth Leaders in MNO are invited to join upcoming events with youth leaders from the Anglican Church and ELCIC across Canada, organized by the Stronger Together (annual Lutheran/Anglican youth leader event) leadership.  Please note that the times listed are for Toronto.

Social Night  

Topic: Youth Leader Social
Time: Feb 23, 2021 07:30 PM America/Toronto

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 813 8320 1134
Passcode: 205837

Donna Rourke is the Youth Internship Program Leader for the Diocese of Ottawa. She helped create the program and leads it with compassion and authenticity. They were able to quickly adapt to Zoom meetings when the pandemic hit and were incredibly responsive to the needs of the interns as they struggled to adapt. She will lead an activity with us that was very popular with her group of interns. It will be a tool in your tool chest for your next Zoom meeting.

After we play, Gretchen (ELCIC) and Sheilagh (ACC) will provide a CLAY update as you might be curious about how planning is coming along as we shift CLAY 2021 online.

Bible Study 

Topic: Youth Leader Bible Study
Time: Mar 9, 2021 04:00 PM America/Toronto

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 821 3604 1695
Passcode: 769625
Kayko Driedger Hesslein is a Lutheran pastor who teaches at Lutheran Theological Seminary in Saskatoon, SK. Kayko will lead this Lenten Bible study on the theme of lament. More information to come.

Book Study

This year we will look at the book Delighted – What teenagers are teaching the Church about Joy. This study will start in mid-April and will meet 6 times over 12 weeks. We will send out a doodle poll in later March to determine who wants to come and what time works best for everyone who is interested. If you have any questions about that, please be in touch!

If you would like to get direct updates from Stronger Together, contact Sheilagh McGlynn, Animator for Youth Ministries (Anglican Church of Canada)

The March MNO Synod youth leader monthly gathering/brainstorm session is on March 10 at 7pm via Zoom.  
The focus of this gathering will be inviting and including youth in leadership. As we anticipate planning synod youth ministry for 2021-2022, how might we invite youth to be part of the planning?

The Zoom meeting info for March 10 is:
Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 818 2150 5292
Passcode: 983303

Virtual Easter Vigil

The synod is organizing a virtual Easter Vigil service, which will include a creative series of readings, responses and reflections.  Music, drama, storytelling, pictures, and silence are some of the ways viewers will be invited to enter into the waiting and praying of the Easter Vigil.  The link to the Vigil will be shared with congregational leaders, and posted on the synod's Facebook and Instagram accounts.  Watch the synod e-newsletter on March 18th for more information.

Young Adult Zoom gathering on March 22

The Young Adult gathering on March 22 will be a chance to connect and share with National Bishop Susan Johnson.  She will share a bit of her story of going into leadership, as well as share the joys and challenges of that role.  There will be plenty of time for discussion and questions about how the church is responding to the world today.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 875 5649 1134
Passcode: 670552

The next Young Adult gathering will be April 26, and will be a repeat of the creative art experience scheduled for Feb.
This is communication intended for pastors and youth leaders sent by Deacon Michelle Collins regarding synod youth & young adult ministry.  As I am working on confirming contact lists, please help me by sharing this email with those who may be interested, and please check with the youth leaders in your context to confirm they received it.  You can email change in contact information to me at
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