Costa Rica Servant Trip

Posted on August 6, 2014

SEPA Synod youth, young adults and adults had an amazing week serving in Costa Rica.  The teams led Vacation Bible School in six locations and met children that will stay in their hearts forever.  Read their reflections and the daily blog at   Here are a few highlights of the trip…

LYO Board Openings

Posted on August 5, 2014

We will be appointing youth to the following positions on the LYO Board: Northwest Philadelphia Conference Northeast Philadelphia Conference Diversity Representative Definitely-Abled Representative   If you have a young person currently in grades 9-11 who might be interested in this leadership position, please email Molly at

2014 – 2015 Dates

Posted on August 5, 2014

As you do your calendar planning for next school year, don’t forget to include these important dates for synodical youth ministry!  Download the list of dates now! 2014-2015 YM Dates

Boston Servant Trip

Posted on July 16, 2014

In June, 52 youth and adults from all over our synod spent nine days serving and learning in Boston on our Urban Servant Trip.  Learn more and see pictures on our participant blog at   Here are a few highlights…                                ...

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Teens & Cutting Handout

Posted on May 17, 2014

A huge thank you to Dr. Stephen Treat from the Council for Relationships for an excellent session on Teens & Cutting at our latest Youth Ministry Network lunch.  He experience and care for young people and their families dealing with cutting and other forms of self harm was very evident. Dr. Treat provided a handout which will...

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Ignorance is Not Bliss – Social Media for Adults Who Care About Youth

Posted on February 27, 2014

Assistant to the Bishop – Youth Ministry Specialist for our synod, Molly Beck Dean, is offering to come to congregations, clusters and conferences to lead this new workshop.  Aimed at parents and other caring adults, it’s both an introduction to the most popular social media platforms and ideas to help young people navigate life saturated in...

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Helping Hands Day 2014

Posted on January 28, 2014

Thanks to all our participants and service sites for an AWESOME Helping Hands Day 2014.  Check out pictures on our Facebook page

South Dakota Servant Trip Video

Posted on September 20, 2012

Thinking about going on the South Dakota Servant Trip or offering it up to the youth at your church, but want to know more?  Check out the video done during the 2007 SD Trip. It’s long, but has several sections so you could easily show just a few parts to interested youth and parents. Special...

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New Visions for Bear Creek Camp

Posted on January 31, 2012

After a visioning process that involved hundreds of Bear Creek Camp constituents, the camp’s board has adopted a core purpose statement that reflects the renewed spirit at the camp: “Explore, Celebrate, and Grow in God’s Creation.” As a first step in effecting this change, BCC has retained Mark Ristine to serve as summer director to work with...

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Detroit Blog: Work Day 5 (Friday) with Work Crew 4

Posted on July 9, 2011

Although we stayed on site at the church today, our work was just as rewarding as the previous days.  The church has a food pantry every Friday except for the first of the month.  Bagging the vegetables up, we became aware how a bunch of food can soon disappear. Full bags of squash and potatoes,...

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