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What is Youth Ministry about?
Youth Ministry is all about Jesus.
Youth Ministry is about young people coming to know and follow Jesus.
Youth Ministry is about each and every young person knowing they belong, they are valued, and they are loved by Our God.
Youth Ministry is about each and every young person knowing the love of God.
Youth Ministry is about loving God and loving others.
Youth Ministry is about sharing Jesus with each and every young person.
Youth Ministry is about discipleship.
Youth Ministry is about love, forgiveness, redemption, grace, repentance, and hope.
Youth Ministry is about becoming more and more like Jesus.
Youth Ministry is about glorifying the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Youth Ministry is about young people growing, learning and becoming who God has called them to be.
Youth Ministry is about young people becoming disciples who make disciples.
Youth Ministry has a purpose.
It is to love God and love others. (Mark 12:30-31)
It is to make disciples of Jesus, who make disciples. (Matthew 28:19-20)
The purpose for youth ministry in the Diocese of the Arctic is found in 3 scriptures:
- Our mission statement and the great commission, Matthew 28:19-20:
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.
- Colossians 1:28-29:
Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that
we may present everyone mature in Christ. For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.
- 1 John 4:19-21:
We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.
We have several active youth ministries across the diocese. Please pray for all our youth leaders and youth committee members.
For information on upcoming events, click here.
There will be a youth leader manual published and given out to youth leader across the diocese in September 2018! This manual will be translated into Inuktitut hopefully by the end of 2018. We will also be giving this manual to those in attendance at the youth ministry school in Iqaluit. The manual will include the vision and mission for youth ministry in the Diocese of the Arctic as well as sections on leadership, outreach, discipleship, evangelism and safety.
Arviat Youth Committee Training
Mid - November 2017 I received a message from Rev Lucy Netser saying that a youth
committee has been formed in Arviat, Nunavut, and that they would like to invite me to come facilitate some youth committee training. So, I went to Arviat February 21 st through 28 th. We had a range of 5 to 20 participants, and the training was during the days and evenings. We focused primarily on becoming disciples who make disciples. We learned about how Jesus wants us all to be disciple makers, which is highlighted in our diocesan mission verse, Matthew 28:19-20.
We spent time working through a youth leader discipleship book: ‘Building to Grow’ by Ken and Julie Moser. We dug into our bibles to learn about the foundations of youth ministry, the weekly meeting, leadership and bible studies. We as well learned a little about our diocese, its mission and being relational just like Jesus. There were three scripture passages we kept coming back to as the week and sessions progressed: Colossians 1:28-29, Matthew 28:19-20 and 1 Thessalonians 2:11-12.
The youth committee decided to add bible study and prayer to their outreach youth night. This youth night is a place where youth from the community can come, spend time with godly leaders and work on crafts and projects (such as kamiks and crocheting hats) together. The Arviat Youth Committee hopes to host a regional youth event in the coming months. Please pray for the youth leaders as they seek to become more like Christ and as they share Christ with youth in their community.
Deanna Fillion, Diocesan Youth Coordinator
Taloyoak Youth Revival
Taloyoak Anglican youth group did a youth revival in Taloyoak, on April 26-30. We had people from different areas. They were more than 20 people that came from Gjoa Haven. There was two from Coral Harbour. There was one from Baker Lake. And one from Yellowknife. During the morning they did Bible study, and it started at 9:00 and the did until 11:30 they went for lunch. At 1:00 they went back to do the bible study and it continued until 3:30. They did that for a few days. Then in the evening at 7:00 they did a youth revival-praise and worship, and that went on until 10:00 to about 11:30. We had speakers from Taloyoak, Gjoa Haven, And Yellowknife. The first night Steve Swan from Yellowknife was the speaker. Then the second night Ikey Nashooraitook from Gjoa Haven. And those first two nights there were a lot people in our little church, and it was very crowded; that was good to see. Then the third day it was taken care of by Jacob Atqittuq also from Gjoa Haven and it was at the Community Hall. Then on Sunday they did a Holy communion in the morning at 11:00 and that was done by Ikey and Steve. Then at 7:00pm they speaker was Salomie Arqviq from Gjoa Haven and the last night was Rhoda Nanook from Taloyoak.
During the week we had an outing to a cabin that was 20 minutes away and we had country food. The weather was cooperating with us and it was a very beautiful day. And the youth group was so thankful to the people that came from far away, so they gave them gifts: Steve was gifted seal skin mittens, Judy from Baker Lake received an Ulu, and Maggie from Coral Harbour also received an Ulu. During the evening service people gave Testimony.
The theme for this youth revival was ‘encourage youth’. And all the speakers did a very good job at capturing this theme. It was so successful that on our last night we had almost 300 people, 297 to be exact. The youth group had help from so many people, they got helped from a lot of individuals in the community by donations of their own houseware items. Some of them even donated homemade items that were very beautiful, and I know that they put a lot of time and effort into their work. We had support from our local Government the Hamlet Council. We also got helped from our local Vestry.
While we were doing our youth revival, there were people helping behind the scenes. We had people from out of town to be prayer warriors, and in town we had people that offered their homes for people to stay in that were from out of town.
Taloyoak Anglican youth group are so thankful to all the people that were involved one way or another. We believe that God will bless all the people that were involved with the youth revival one way or another.
Throughout our revival, the youth group felt all of the prayers from people, and the group was also praying for the community to be close to God and His will. We hope that you will help us keep praying for all the people that need God’s help.
Taloyoak Anglican Youth Committee
To email Deanna Fillion, our Diocesan Youth Coordinator, click here.