At the heart of Christ’s life of love a message was embodied that taught his followers to reach forth in love and service. Service to Others is one visible manner in which that message is alive in the world today. We are the hands and feet of Christ – in this moment, in this breath, in this offering.
Opportunities for Peer Ministers and other interested parties include local campus ministry service opportunities, diocesan wide efforts, as well as domestic and international opportunities.
DIOCESAN YOUTH EVENTS
Peer Ministers lead fellow students in the call to serve others both locally through opportunities mentioned on individual ministry pages and by serving as sponsors at diocesan youth events. Events highlighting the year include Fall Fun Fest, MIQRA, and MEGA-camp.
Fall Fun Fest
Fall Fun Fest is a weekend that seeks to welcome youth to the Diocesan Youth Program. The event is fun, social, and an easy way to “check out” what Diocesan Youth Events are all about. All participants are encouraged to invite a friend to this overnight experience held at the beginning of the school year.
MIQRA (meek-rah), a Hebrew word meaning “reading,” refers to the ancient Jewish practice of gathering at the local synagogue to hear a public reading of scripture. MIQRA is a weekend retreat, shaped to meet the needs of contemporary youth, that focuses on the Bible and allows teens to discover what’s in it, why we should care, and how to read it. MIQRA is an annual gathering held over Martin Luther King Day weekend.
MEGA-Camp is held the first week in June at Camp Wood and features a variety of activities such as horseback riding, archery, climbing tower, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, water slide, mud slide, arts and crafts, and sports. The volunteer Episcopal staff provides solid Christian education, featuring worship, music, small group discussions, and prayer.
The seeds of the Episcopal Service Corps were planted in the mid-1980s with the six existing Episcopal programs gathering from across the country to found a national network in 2008. Today, Episcopal Service Corps volunteers bring their energy and sense of justice to a year of service, community living, faith formation, and vocational discernment. The experience pushes participants out of their comfort zone and into a place of holy encounter with oneself, with other people, and with God. It’s an experience that continues to impact lives, long after the year of service is over.
Young Adult Service Corps (YASC)
– Are you 21 to 30 years old?
– Are you ready for an experience that will transform your life?
– Do you want to be a part of what God is doing in the world?
– Do you want to experience diverse cultures, make a spiritual commitment, and reflect on your vocational possibilities?
If so, Young Adult Service Corps could be for you! YASC is a ministry for those interested in exploring their faith in new ways by living and serving in communities around the Anglican Communion. YASC offers young adults a unique opportunity to be an active part of what God is doing in the world.
Kansas to Kenya
Kansas 2 Kenya is a mission that began at the Diocese of Kansas in 2008. It seeks to work with other organizations to achieve the Millennium Development Goals in Kenya. As a community living out our faith, K2K values and supports community transforming community.
View a short reflection about the impact and work of Kansas 2 Kenya from Tyler Kerr, a peer minister at KU.