February 22, 2021

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

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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

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. Luther League Legacy Fund Applications due by March 1
  2. Climate Justice--Call to Action
  3. Young Adult Zoom Gathering--Feb. 22 @ 7:30 pm. Guided Creative Expression

Applications for the Luther League Legacy Fund Open through March 1.

If you are a young person in the ELCIC or someone who is looking to offer a training program that would directly benefit youth under the age of 25, then the Luther League Legacy Fund (LLLF) is for you.

LLLF is here to develop leaders in the church and for the world. It provides grants and bursaries to enable young people to participate in leadership training and development activities. In the past, $500 grants have been awarded. Leadership training can include online education and training events.

Not sure what the LLLF is all about? Read more about the program here! 

To find out more information on who and which projects can apply for funding, and to complete an application, please visit: Deadline is on March 1.

Climate Justice - Call to Action!

If you are a youth (children and families are welcome!) or young adult who is passionate about the environment and climate change, please see the infographic and click the link to participate in a brief survey. 

The ELCIC is building a network of young adults and youth who would like to engage the church in some climate discussions and assist the ELCIC in working towards the goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050. Come and join the conversation! 
If you have any questions, please contact

Link to survey;

Young Adult Zoom gathering on Feb. 22 --Guided Creative Expression

The Young Adult gathering on Feb. 22 will be a guided time for creative expression, led by Sister Michelle Walka. We will explore the theme of “Let There Be” through creative expression and prayer practice. During our virtual time together, we will work through a creative project, dwelling with self-care (in mind, body, and spirit) and how this connects to our faith and life along the way. No art experience or special skills are needed. 

More information about this event, along with a list of supplies participants are invited to bring to the gathering is HERE.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 875 5649 1134
Passcode: 670552

The next Young Adult gathering will be March 22, with a visit from National Bishop Susan Johnson.
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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