Recommendations for Youth Ministry Online Gatherings

Adapting Youth Ministry Access Sessions and Resources for Online Gatherings
The last few weeks have certainly been a hectic and uncertain time. Parish life and youth ministry programming have been turned on their heads in many ways given the stay-at-home orders that impact communities throughout the country. But the mission of Jesus and the church continues! We have seen how many parishes have responded to the pandemic wit...
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A Message Regarding COVID-19 from Director Tom East (April 22, 2020)

A Message Regarding COVID-19 from Director Tom East (April 22, 2020)
Dear Partners in Mission, Thank you for your participation in Young Neighbors in Action and Just5Days Programs. Like you, our team has been dreaming, working, and planning diligently for nearly a year for these experiences of faith, mission, and service. Like you, we are now facing the reality of COVID-19 and the ways that this pandemic is altering...
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At Home, Talking about Life and Faith this Holy Week and Easter

At Home, Talking about Life and Faith this Holy Week and Easter
Preparing for Easter as a family was always such a blur. We hosted the family Easter gathering with 20 plus people, complete with an egg hunt. That meant the house and the yard needed to be ready. We didn't want anyone finding an unwanted surprise from our dog instead of a colored egg. Still, amid going to the parish for Holy Week services, prepari...
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Best of Youth Ministry Access for April

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Celebrating the Season of Easter with Young People Sessions for the Easter Season Egg-xactly! Uniquely and Wonderfully Made by Rosy HartzSeek and You will Find: A Competitive Online Scavenger Hunt by Peter Bierer (high school)Baptism: Reject Satan Choose Jesus by Sr. Kieran Sawyer SSND (high school)Body Building: Helping Youth Explore and Experienc...
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Starting a Social Media Strategy for Your Ministry

Starting a Social Media Strategy for Ministry Settings
Social media strategy is a plan for how you intentionally engage your young people and families through your websites and social media channels.  It about how you create and curate content and engage your audience.  A great primer to setting started with a social media strategy is to adopt the P.O.S.T. method as a practice for h...
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Connecting with Youth, Family, Parish, and Wider Community in Non-Gathered Ways

Connecting with Youth, Family, Parish, and Wider Community in Non-Gathered Ways
In the current situation regarding COVID-19 and increasing number of self-quarantine, ministers across the country are trying to discern how to engage the people they serve without physically coming together.  Non-gathered ministry allows ministry leaders to reach youth who do not attend programs (or even church).  Consider these pra...
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A Guide to Designing Non-Gathered Programs

A Guide to Designing Non-Gathered Programs
​As we prepare our ministry response in the current and uncertain situation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, there is no shortage of ideas and resources.  Links, websites, resources, downloads abound online.  The real challenge for ministry leaders is discerning and developing an effective and responsive ministry in this new situation.&nb...
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Best of Youth Ministry Access for February

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Honoring February Feast Days February 3, St. Blaise St. Blaise: Bless My Voice so that I May Speak the Truth by Susan Searle (middle school)February 8, St. Josephine BakhitaSt Josephine Bakhita: Saint of Hope by Susan Searle (high school) February 22, St. PeterThe Passion-Driven Life: Saints Peter and Paul as models for living a Christian Lifestyle...
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White Privilege and Youth Ministry

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"There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus." Galatians 3:28 U.S. Catholic magazine recently ran an article with Sister Helen Prejean in which she says to "check your white privilege." This got me thinking… are we having this conversation with our young people? S...
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Save 20% with the Diocesan Discount Program!

Save 20% with the Diocesan Discount Program!

We strongly believe in making YMA an affordable resource for all parishes and schools. That's why we created the YMA Diocesan Discount Program for your parishes and schools. Through the program, the diocese agrees to strive for at least ten subscribing parishes and/or schools. Then parishes and/or schools receive a 20% discount when ordering! We also provide a free webinar to help parishes and schools learn how to use Youth Ministry Access. The diocese also receives a complimentary subscription for review and demonstration purposes. Best of all, there's NO COST to participate!

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