, r o t s a P r o i n Dear Se ...will you listen?
A cry for help from Youth, Young Adults and Youth Workers in our Conference.
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what is your greatest fear and hope for youth and young ministries for 2010? “That the youth of our conference continue to grow in faith and unity.”
“That the general church will continue to treat young adult ministries as second class. They let go both young adult staff people last year and gave it to the youth guy. What's next?”
people feel loved enough by Christ and His church
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“That we as leaders [may not] have enough resources and support available to us [so] our young people's ministries thrive.”
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“That the youth and young adults will not get the attention that they have deserved and earned.”
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that they stay connected with the church during all the stages of the ir lives.” “That young adults will appreciate the local churches and conferences [that] are doing good young adult ministries.” “That more churches will see the
need for hiring youth leaders even though they may
February’s survey question
not have a large youth group.”
Are we listening to young people?
D i s t r i c t c o n n e c t i o n An A-Team is an opportunity for District Youth Directors, Leaders, and Ministers to gather to support each other with prayer, accountability and be able to plan district events, leadership training in a community oriented setting. Together we also allow for a cross-pollination of creativity to take place taking Youth and Young Adult Ministry to new levels of excellence and creativity fit for an emerging generation.
Hawai’i Rona Mangayayam, firstname.lastname@example.org Monalisa Siofele, email@example.com
pasadena Allison Mark, firstname.lastname@example.org
santa ana Darren Cowdrey, email@example.com
long beach Kathey Wilborn, firstname.lastname@example.org
riverside Val Weise, email@example.com
santa barbara Brian Long, firstname.lastname@example.org
THE AQUILA Cal-Pac Conference of The UMC
Editor: Fernando Alcántar
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To post a comment or a note in response to any of the items in this edition send an email to:
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Contact your District Coordinator to get connected today!
los angeles Val Jean Boyd, email@example.com
san diego Rebecca Hensley, firstname.lastname@example.org
conference Caroline Dawes, email@example.com
Dear Senior Pastor, ts and t my childhood, I went to church with my paren I love the United Methodist Church. Throughou ual family and my older people in the church became my spirit was virtually raised by the congregation. The me, as a member of ver, I’ve started to notice how difficult it is for mentors. As I’ve grown a little bit older, howe feel that we, “elders,” or the “more experienced,” tend to the youth, to get involved in the church. The to be substantial today’s teenagers, are far too wild or immature e see our crazy participants in the Church. These certain peopl and immediately try to fashion sense, hear our ‘obnoxious’ singing, don’t have anything to push us aside. I mean, come on… the youth
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teenagers bring offer the church! I beg to differ. Today’s - Would you believe charisma, passion, and joy into the church.
y what we have to that? - Will you give us the opportunity to displa bring renewed offer? These qualities can shed fresh light and ... we need to have our chance. e that we don’t take energy to the church. While some may believ Even though we may church seriously enough, I assure you we do. Him, God any less. We want to praise Him, to serve be younger, that does not mean that we love and we do this by being able to be ourselves. just as much—if not, more—than anyone else, h. No. As d just, all of a sudden, start running the churc Now, by no means am I saying that youth shoul tively lead the , we need to be trained and taught how to effec the emerging generation of United Methodists being able to serve on to be substantial members of the church; by church. We learn by getting the opportunity already, believe it or nal testimonies (yes, many of us have those committees, to lead worship, or give our perso the church to the e the “older generation” we will be able to run not). One day, when today’s youth have becom want to work or “training” that is necessary. For now, we best of our abilities, with all the “experience” tial. the United Methodist Church to its utmost poten alongside the older generation in order to carry
ty to give it, to serve it. I’m asking for the opportuni We want to help the church, to contribute to largely shaped whom I am today. back to the amazing church that raised me and te generation did. But did your generation imita We will never be able to do things the way your ce to create its done? No. Just as your generation had a chan everything your parents or grandparents had identity, we need to have our chance. Will
you believe in us and let us display our own
Please give it some thought, we are here, and “Teenage Boy”, age 16 United Methodist Youth
Making a difference in our generation
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But the truth is, Senior Pastor, it is hard to lead when you are not
spiritually fed. It is hard to believe when you are torn in a million diﬀerent , it directions. It is hard to be faithful when you are losing your faith. Frankly
is hard to be a United Methodist young adult, in this day and age. And I suppose hardest of all, is each time I do not say these things, it is another missed opportunity we have to ask for help.
but I never thought I would be one of the young adults we talk about losing, I am slowly becoming one of them. I feel guilty for not being at church every Sunday, but I work Sundays. I feel guilty for not tithing, but I cannot even to pay my own bills. I feel guilty for not being more involved, but it is hard find time for myself. I feel guilty for slipping away, but there is nothing in place to catch me.
It is not a secret that active and passionate young adults are hard to come by; in our congregation, our district, our conference—our world. But it is also not a secret that the few who are out there are fleeing to other denominations, other churches, other places that offer Thursday night services, other forms of worship that
make our souls cry out—other congregations that
family obligations, medical and health complications, marriage,
reach us where we are, and listen to what we have to say.
a faithful servant with a heart for God through it all.
starting families, having children, aging parents, and how to remain
I am not saying it is your fault, or that it is solely up to you to fix it. But I am saying you can make a choice to help, to save the young adults, and save the United Methodist Church. We need a church in which we feel welcome. A church that embraces new ideas. A church that is not afraid of change. A church that does not make us feel worse, when we are lost and seeking guidance. A church that challenges us. A church that is not afraid to talk about the tough issues like sex before marriage, relationships, substance use,
an open I do not think it is too much to ask. We are back and make you and flexible bunch. We are not going to sit Please help. do all the work, but we cannot do it alone. Sincerely, “Young Lady” United Methodist Young Adult, Age 25
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Dear Senior Pastor, This letter is hard to write but I think you need to know that I am considering leaving the Methodist church. I’ve always loved being a Methodist. I truly love Jesus, John Wesley, and the teenagers I work with. And for the 10 years
meetings that go nowhere. The list goes on and on. I guess I’m just tired of everything that goes along with
I’ve been working in Youth Ministry I’ve loved that I have a job that makes a diﬀerence to people. I consider it a
organized religion that ISN’T Jesus. Aren’t we all? A lot of this can’t be helped, but can I tell you what I am tired of
blessing that I am able to share God’s message and love
with the youth of our church. I’m tired of “sitting at the Kids’ table” when it
So why am I leaving?
comes to having a say in what goes on around here.
I’m very unhappy, and I just don’t want to
Here is what I mean. Quite frankly, I feel as though the Youth Programs of the Church are being marginalized. They’re being kept in the corner.
continue feeling negatively about something I used to love and have passion for. You see, I’ve become very tired. I’m tired of many of the same issues as you‐
Sometimes I feel as though you put the needs of the
the constant bickering, the gossip, and
loudest people first and the needs of those most
the politics of the Church, the uninspired
worthy last. No one would deny that the Youth are
when h are at a critical age in their lives the future of our Church. The yout e the er become life long members or leav they are making the decision to eith that leaves now, that’s a family church. For every Youth that this is that er. In your heart, you know will not be in attendance lat more attention by hiring me. And true, so you gave the Youth program n to, job was done. I know you didn’t mea then . . . you walked away as if your kly attend a Youth Event…or lead a wee but ask yourself: How often do YOU e asid set or time and money is budgeted Youth Group meeting? How much ation? for the young people of our Congreg
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d babysitter who keeps the kids I no longer want to be a church appointe yone work. I need it to matter to you and ever “busy” while you do the “real” Church m doing something. And most of all… I WHAT I do with the kids and not just IF I a r and asto s a P ing a elieve in what you are do want a voice in the bigger picture. I b that ’t do programming and outreach! But I can want to integrate your vision into my e about Can you and I just talk mor if I don’t know what that message is. riving ministry? Our Youth program is th what really matters to our al part wn entity. We need to thrive as an integr right now, but we’re thriving as our o oung ith y ork w oﬀ as “one of the kids”. Yes, I w of the Church. Please don’t write me heard as to contribute. My voice needs to be people, but I’m an adult and I have ide t just a n, no visio a part of the overall Church and respected, and my work needs to be
I’m sure you are aware of the turnover rate in Youth Ministry. It isn’t because we
Wouldn’t it be great if they set the example and set aside time and money for Youth and Young Adult ministry in our Conference?
stop enjoying our work with the kids. It’s because we’re tired of ﬁghting the
I regret to inform you in this way that I will be leaving. I don’t
bureaucracy. The kids and their parents love us and
know when, but probably sooner rather than later. You see, while
appreciate us, but the leaders of the Church tend to patronize us as if the work we do is less important than other
I truly believe that God has great things in store for the future of this church, I think I need to take care of myself for a while and watch from a distance. My
church business. And though you don’t know you’re doing it, you marginalize me and the
greatest hope is that the United Methodist church
work I do as well. We should be working
will truly become that: “United.”
together as a team to discern what this church is really being called to do. We need to assess what that vision is and then we need to work
Above all, I wish you would see that you REALLY have the
hard and make that mission a reality. I really want to help you!
power to make all of these things happen. Remember, the congregation looks to you to see which direction the Church is headed in. Unless you look over at the corner to the kids’
I hope that if you hear me and start to re‐prioritize our local church
table, no one ever will.
and turn it around, that the conference will hear you too. Wouldn’t it be amazing if the Bishop and all the D.S.’s spent more time assisting you and working alongside the local church?
ly, Sincere ctor th Dire u o Y r You
Must knows about Cal-Pac Young People
2. youth alive
Visit www.calpacyoungpeople.org for information, updates, forms and everything young people at CalPac. You will also find links to our social networks such as facebook, twitter, youtube and flickr.
Youth Alive is our Annual Conference High School event. It usually takes place during President’s Day weekend. Look for information in the mail or at our website.
3. spirit quest
4. young adults
Spirit Quest is our Annual Conference Junior School event. It usually takes place in the month of April. Look for information in the mail or at our website.
Young Adults have retreats every quarter and range from a ski retreat, camping, or a mission project.
6. the aquila
5. a-teams Each district has a gathering of youth and young adult leaders who meet to encourage each other, and plan events and training for young people. Info on District leaders at our website.
You are reading it now. The Aquila is a tool for the networking of youth and young adult ministries within the Cal-Pac Conference of The UMC. Subscribe to the email delivery at firstname.lastname@example.org or find it online.
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SD District UMC Youth Rubio's Fundraiser for Camperships
World Vision’s 30 Hour Famine
When: April 11 from 11am-5pm Where: 3 locations - Mission Valley, Grossmont Center and Encinitas.
When: February 26-27, 2010 (Friday-Saturday) Where: La Canada United Methodist Church (104 Berkshire Place, La Canada, Ca 91011) Contact: Pastor Sunny Ahn (Phone: 818-790-3605; email: email@example.com) calpacyoungpeople.org/calendar
Download flyer at calpacyoungpeople.org What has worked for our youth group in the past is printing a flier and putting one in each bulletin during church the day of the event. If you are 20 feet away from the front door you can also pass out fliers near the location! Fish tacos and Jesus are always a good combo!
brown baggin’ it 2010 - Straight and narrow
Los Angeles District WE NEED YOU… OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW… TO HELP STAFF OUR 1ST L.A.DISTRICT CAMP – JULY 12-16, 2010. - Come join in our “Journey of Faith” with the high schoolers. - Download and share the staff application form. Commit to be a part of the camping experience. - Please respond to us by FEBRUARY 23rd. - Peace, Blessings & Stay connected to Christ and each other…. - Contact: Ms. Val, 310.503-8296
Junior High CONFERENCE JUNIOR HIGH EVENT This event is designed specifically for Jr. Highers, with programming that includes fellowship, worship, games, small groups, campfires, and fun. This weekend is a firestarter for your youth, a jump-start to your Spring ministry, or a perfect Confirmation Retreat if you need one. Mark your calendars now and stay tuned for details arriving in your mailboxes & inboxes soon! Date: April 23 – 25 Location: Forest Home Camp Cost: $125 (includes lodging, all meals, and theme t-shirt)