REGISTER NOW FOR THE 2ND ANNUAL DON SHELTON MEMORIAL MINI GOLF CLASSIC - SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17

The PSWR Young Adult ministry is so excited to host the mini golf tournament again this year at Camelot Golfland in Anaheim, CA. Cost is $75 for a foursome. We are also opening up sponsorship opportunities for folks again this year to help keep costs low and raise money for young people across the PSWR ($500 for Food Sponsorship, $250 for a hole sponsorship – for more information, click here).

Last year, we had over 100 people share the fun with friends and family! Join us for an afternoon of fun and fundraising!

 

Youth Leadership Retreat - September 1-4

This leadership retreat will be taking place at Loch Leven and all youth (6-12 grade) and young adults are welcome. This is a planning retreat for regional Gathering and other regional youth/young adult events. Additionally, NEW YLT and YIM participants will be selected from applicants who attend! See below for details.

 

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR

Youth Leadership Team (YLT) AND
YOUTH IMMERSION MINISTRY (YIM)

All high school youth interested in applying for the 2017-2018 Youth Leadership Team (YLT) can download the application packet here. A representative will follow up with all those who apply to schedule an interview and provide more details. If you have immediate questions, please feel free to contact YLT Adult Mentor, Rev. Matthew Harris-Gloyer at FCC Riverside – 951-686-0646.

All high school youth interested in applying for the 2017-2018 Youth Immersion Ministry (YIM) can download the application packet here. A representative will follow up with all those who apply to schedule an interview and provide more details. 

This year, we encourage all applicants to attend the Youth Leadership Retreat at Loch Leven on September 1-4 (see above). This weekend of workshops, conversations, and programming will offer a glimpse of what it means to serve with the Youth Leadership Team and Youth Immersion Ministry. Learn more about both of these important youth ministries in the articles on this page.

 

PSWR YOUTH global service project in hawaii

On June 16, 10 youth and 6 adults traveled to the island of Oahu for a 10 day service project with three DOC congregations. These young people served the poor, cleaned litter, worked a taro farm, and staffed a community Vacation Bible School. Their experience also included various cultural perspectives at the Polynesian Cultural Center, honoring the fallen at Pearl Harbor, and welcoming home the voyaging canoe Hokule’a (an historic and very special sight to see). Among the adult’s chaperoning this mission trip was Daniel Delgadillo – Claremont Theological Seminarian and member of Centro Familiar Cristiano Restauracion in San Bernardino. When asked to share of his work with the youth in Hawaii, Daniel wrote:

“… we worked with… Surfing the Nations. This organization has been working for twenty years. The main project that they work with is feeding communities in need. We participated in food drives, distributing food to about one thousand four hundred people. Serving in this program gave me the best experience of the whole trip. During one of the food drives, we served a community of mainly elderly people. A lot of them did not speak English, so communication was a problem. We had people arguing, fighting for plastic bags and for the goods that were being distributed. It was at this moment of tension that I experienced the voice of God in my heart, a voice that made me reflect on the things that we were doing. God made me ponder his people: even though they were not being the most lovable at that moment, they deserved love because they are created in the image of God. They didn’t need to be treated according to their behavior but they needed to be honored and respected because God created them in his own image. That changed the way I was handing out food. Even though my job was small… it changed my heart and the way I serve. 

I came to realize that I was the one getting more blessings, the one learning more and the one that ended up receiving more from God. My blessings came in different ways: helping these organizations, mentoring teens that were traveling with us, and participating with our host church.

I have recently been more involved with the work being done with youth in the regional level. As a member of the Hispanic Convencion, I never thought that we could be considered for these opportunities. After being a Disciple for fourteen years. I am grateful for this opportunity. It is something that I have been praying about for many years. That’s why I feel the need to make an invitation to all youth leaders to get their youth involved in regional events. It has opened doors for me to do ministry and serve God.”

Rev. Danny Bradfield (Bixby Knolls Christian Church, Long Beach) was the on-site director of the service project and chaperone of one of the teams. We writes about his experience:

“What made this a successful mission trip? In addition to the excellent planning and extensive preparations put together by B. J. Barlow, the following things come to mind: 

1) Prayer: we definitely felt the prayers of our congregations, our region, and the churches who hosted us. Prayers were said for us and with us. We had morning devotions each day that we excellently prepared and helped us prepare for each day’s activities. 

2) Existing relationship: since the congregations we worked with were within the PSWR, a relationship existed between us and them before we ever arrived. This helped facilitate the further building and strengthening of relationships that made this such an enriching experience for us as well as those who hosted us. 

3) Experiences that fostered relationship building and the telling of stories: In just about every service opportunity we had in Hawaii, our youth were actively engaged in conversation with other we were working with, learning about their lives and their culture. In the kalo field, working in the mud side-by-side with the interns… at the heiau, being led by Dr. Paul Brennan, president of the Kailua Historical Society, who told us fascinating stories about the history of the land on which we stood. 

4) Participants (youth and adults) who are emerging leaders: Everyone in my group was ready to work and eager to serve. They were open to new experiences and learning new things, actively seeking out opportunities to grow in understanding. They asked many questions of the people we met throughout the week, and were eager to share what they had learned. 

5) Financial Support: I do not know the details of where the financial backing for these trips comes from, but it certainly allows some to participate who wouldn’t otherwise be able to. For many of us, this trip would not have been possible without this support.”

All of those who are invested in the PSWR Youth Ministries join Danny and Daniel in gratitude for the generosity of our Church family. If you would like to recommend youth from your church to participate in Regional Youth Leadership, or if you know someone who may like to be a chaperone on one of our trips, please contact Rev. B. J. Barlow – bjbarlow@disciplespswr.org

 


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Youth Leadership Team (YLT)

A regional leadership training ministry that prepares young leaders for lifelong service by engaging their gifts and passions to support regional camp ministries. High School youth from around the PSWR are recruited through a broad application and interview process. The size of this ministry varies depending on the need and interest, but normally between 16 and 21 youth are chosen each year. Focusing on five areas of spiritual formation (Hospitality, Mentorship, Local Service, Global Mission, and Disciples Identity), these young leaders participate in leadership for our High School Winter and Summer Camps, as well as, serve as Counselors in Training for our younger aged camps (optional). Additionally, each year YLT participants are encouraged to visit regional congregations to share information about the ministry and recruit new members. We pray that God will use this ministry to prepare leaders who have deep roots in service in the local, regional, and national expressions of the Church in a way that empowers their passion for camp ministry and Christian service wherever God leads them. (Total monthly commitment: 15-20 hours including one week-long summer camp each year)

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Adult leaders for YLT are invited each year to chaperone events, mentor youth, and plan programming for youth participants. All adult leaders are expected to engage in camp leadership at at least one older aged youth camp each year. Additionally, adult leaders commit to anti-racism training as well as consent to a background check to ensure the safety of all minors involved. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a YLT Adult leader, please contact Rev. B. J. Barlow – Associate Regional Minister – bjbarlow@disciplespswr.org. (Total monthly commitment: 20-30 hours including one week-long summer camp each year)

 

Youth Immersion Ministry (YIM)

A regional anti-racism/pro-reconciliation initiative that prepares young leaders to do ministry in cross-cultural contexts. High School youth who are recommended by their pastors are interviewed and selected based on their passion and interest in promoting justice for all people. The ministry is designed to engage 16 youth selected from among the North American/Pacific Asian Disciples constituency, Hispanic Convencion constituency, African American Convocation constituency, and Anglo/European communities of faith in cultural experiences from all over the world. Focusing on five areas of spiritual formation (Hospitality, Mentorship, Local Service, Global Mission, and Disciples Identity), these young leaders participate in one significant immersion experience per year, difficult conversations regarding race and culture, service projects in local settings, and advocacy on behalf of those whose voices go unheard. We pray that God will use this ministry to prepare leaders who have broad world-views, sensitive but bold voices for justice, and strong foundations in our Christian tradition. If you or someone you know might serve well as a YIM participant, you are encouraged to speak with your church pastor about how to be considered for recommendation. (Total monthly commitment: 15-20 hours including an immersion trip each year)

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Adult leaders for YIM are invited each year to chaperone events, mentor youth, and plan programming for youth participants. Ideally the adult leadership is comprised of one male and one female from each of the constituent ministries listed above. All regional adult leaders commit to anti-racism training as well as consent to a background check to ensure the safety of all minors involved. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a YIM Adult leader, please contact Rev. B. J. Barlow – Associate Regional Minister - bjbarlow@disciplespswr.org. (Total monthly commitment: 20-30 hours including an immersion trip each year)

INVITE YLT OR YIM TO YOUR CHURCH ON SUNDAY!

Are you interested in hosting a YLT or YIM Sunday at your church? We are anxious for the opportunity to come share the good work being done at camp and the amazing opportunities experienced in reconciliation ministries for high school students in the PSWR. Our YLT or YIM have experience presenting in worship and can offer a 15 minute message or program during Sunday School/Coffee hour. Whatever works for your church, we welcome the opportunity to partner with you, and to spread the good news of what God is doing in and through our young people in the PSWR. To schedule a Sunday, contact the regional office at 626-296-0385.