Feb 16 - Youth Spring Fling

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Presented by the Pacific Southwest District Youth Cabinet
Payment and all 5 items due no later than Friday, April 7, 2017
  1. Read Erik’s letter with directions (Click for PDF)
  2. Payment by mailed check, or credit card (Click for registration form)
    • $30 cost includes 3 meals Saturday, Sunday breakfast, admission to “Condor Challenge” and “CALM“, a place on the floor for your sleeping bag on Friday and Saturday nights.
  3. Forms 1 & 2 of 4: Spring Event Permission Slip & Youth Covenant (Click for PDF to print and mail)
  4. Form 3 of 4: Health History & Medical Consent (Click for PDF to print and mail)
  5. Form 4 of 4: Condor Challenge Liability Release (Click for PDF to print and mail)

Dominion: An Exploration of Genesis 1:26-28

What is meant by, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth?”
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Check-In and Lodging are at Bakersfield Church of the Brethren. 327 A Street, Bakersfield, CA 93304
Contact Interim District Youth Advisor, Erik Brummett, with any questions.
 cell 317-694-2283 (or) office 530-695-1709 (or) peacefulpastor@gmail.com
Publicity Items you can use in your local church, they both have schedule details:
Color filled “Spring Fling Flyer” (Click for PDF to print and share)
3 panel “Spring Fling Pamphlet” (Click for PDF to print and share)
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The Condor Challenge consists of high and low ropes courses as well as a climbing tower. Its purpose is to foster and develop trust, self-confidence, determination, cooperation, communication and agility. For more information and photos, please visit: www.calmzoo.org/condorchallenge
The California Living Museum exists to display and interpret native California animals, plants, fossils and artifacts to teach a respect for all living things through education, recreation, conservation and research. Located on 14 park-like acres, CALM’s zoo features over 80 species of unreleasable animals. For more information, please visit: www.calmzoo.org

2017 Spring Fling

Spring Fling is open to all our District Youth who are currently in High School.

Registration deadline is April 7, 2017
Leadership: Erik Brummett & your church youth advisors.
When: April 21-23, 2017 (Friday evening - Sunday morning)
Where: Bakersfield Church of the Brethren. 327 A Street, Bakersfield, CA 93304

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Aug 29 - 2016-2017 Congratulations Youth Cabinet

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The following youth have been called to serve the PSWD
on the Youth Cabinet for the 2016 / 2017 year:
  • Jorge Molina – Príncipe de Paz
  • Elizabeth Piazza – Live Oak
  • Mario Cabrera – Príncipe de Paz

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The new cabinet met Saturday & Sunday, August 19-21, 2016 in Modesto to plan for District Conference and Youth opportunities throughout the year. Our time together began early Saturday morning with breakfast, bible study and bonding! In the afternoon we toured Modesto Church of the Brethren, visited Rock N Jump, had lunch at Milano’s Pizza and wrote resources for Saturday worship at District Conference. In the evening we researched plans for a Spring Fling at Camp La Verne in April and assigned follow-up responsibilities. We concluded our time together Sunday by worshipping and providing leadership with the Modesto congregation. Your prayers for the work of this cabinet are appreciated!

District Conference Youth Activities & Schedule

Dawna Welch, youth@pswdcob.org

Jun 22 - Apply for the 2016/2017 PSWD Youth Cabinet!

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     andrea_S_checkmark_on_circle_2 July 8 is the Deadline to Apply for the 2016/2017 Youth Cabinet

                                              Are you ready to step up into leadership? Or know someone who is?

The PSWD Youth Cabinet is comprised of both Middle School and Senior High aged Youth, in grades 8-12 during the 2016/2017 school year, from around the District. As a cabinet you will work with the Youth Advisor to plan, publicize, and carry out the District’s Youth Program for the year. Interested Youth must be able to travel within the district, attend cabinet meetings, follow through on assignments, and participate in youth events.
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Do you feel called to serve on the District Youth Cabinet?
If you have any questions, why not call or text Dawna Welch, District Youth Advisor at 909-267-5477 or send an email to youth@pswdcob.org
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Want more information?
Click here: for an application.
Click here: for application instructions.

Feb 25 - Youth Ministry in the Age of Reason

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Recently I attended a Youth Ministry conference in Dallas, Texas where folks from all walks of life gathered for 4 days with inspirational speakers, thoughtful discussions, and celebratory worship services, all designed to strengthen our ministry with middle school and high school aged students.

Acknowledging that attendance in most mainline denominations is in decline and that we live in a culture with unprecedented access to knowledge, a seemingly insatiable appetite for excitement, and shorter attention spans due to the development of the internet and social media, many congregations report they are having difficulty finding their place in the lives of youth. For instance, how do we offer the Gospel mystery to Youth of the digital age? To a generation that has been led to believe that every mystery is solvable, given enough study, time and CSI skills?”

Presenters at this conference suggested that every answer to every question seems to raise more questions. They challenged us to consider that the church’s job is not to “solve” these Gospel questions, but to create space and relationship with Youth in order to struggle with their real time quandaries like:  Who am I?  Why do bad things happen to good people?  Why don’t the people I pray for always get better?  Why am I getting bullied at school?  Why are school children in Nigeria being kidnapped from their classrooms?  How can I make a difference in the world?

The church can offer something youth do not experience anywhere else in their over-scheduled lives – space. Space for grieving and lamenting, space for rituals to process doubt, fear, and anger, space to deepen their Kingdom values. The church offers resources and support through scripture, prayer, and companionship which has more resonance with youth than answers alone and helps us all move closer to the heart of the Gospel. What youth need is space for their faith, a safe space where their questions are welcomed, and where caring adults are willing to walk, work and wonder alongside them.

My big take away from this conference is that Youth Ministry today needs to be more relational than ever before. Our objective is not to simply “see” youth at church, but to be with them on their turf as well, on the soccer pitch, on the baseball fields, in the theaters, and at their shows. In doing so we might just learn that youth who are less likely to come to church are more than happy to welcome the church that comes to them!

As I work to support the PSWD congregations and their ministry with youth I would be happy to meet with local leadership to continue this conversation.

Jul 25 - 2014 NYC Return & Thanks!

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Thank you for your prayers and support that sent 63 youth and their advisors to National Youth Conference in July. Our Youth were engaged and enthusiastic about worshiping and gathering together with 2,300 Brethren kids from around the country. They were curious and open-hearted while learning about each otherʼs varying beliefs and Brethren backgrounds demonstrating the unique ability of encouraging each other’s authentic expressions of faith and being a true community to each other. Stay tuned for a report from our Youth during business at District Conference on Saturday, November 8, 2014.
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Dawna Welch, youth@pswdcob.org

NYC Before & During photos
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May 29 - 2014/2015 District Youth Cabinet Now Forming!

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Calling all PSWD Youth, Grades 7-12!

Are you ready to step up into leadership? 

The PSWD Youth Cabinet is comprised of both Middle School and Senior High aged Youth, in grades 7-12 during the 2014/2015 school year, from around the District. As a cabinet you will work with the Youth Advisor to plan, publicize, and carry out the District’s Youth Program for the year. Interested Youth must be able to travel within the district, attend cabinet meetings, follow through on assignments, and participate in youth events.
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Do you feel called to serve on the District Youth Cabinet?
Click here for some helpful instructions on how to apply today! Are you ready?
Click here for an application
If you have any questions, why not call or text Dawna Welch, District Youth Advisor at 909-267-5477 or send an email to youth@pswdcob.org

Dec 20 - 2014 NYC/District T-Shirt Design Contest

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Are you getting excited for National Youth Conference??

Why not have a logo designing party to create the t-shirt that all PSWD district youth will wear during NYC. Details and promotional flyer can be found by clicking here!

Sep 24 - Child Abuse Prevention Policy Statement Revised

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The PSWD Executive Board revised its “Child Abuse Prevention Policy Statement” on Friday, August 3, 2012 with a new section on gift giving. You can read the statement at: www.pswdcob.org/youth/youth-worker-forms  All of our district conference volunteers working with children and youth read and sign this statement and go through a background check.
 
Does your church have a similar policy in place? This PBS Video highlights how many organizations (churches included) miss the obvious by not having an official policy and teaching parents, workers and volunteers.
 
The district office mailed each PSWD congregation a free copy of the May/June issue of the Church Law & Tax Report containing the article “12 Lessons Church Leaders Can Learn from Penn State’s Abuse Scandal
 
Our church insurance company asks churches to do background checks on youth, Sunday School, and nursery workers. PSWD and the denominational office use Protect My Ministry: www.protectmyministry.com Email the district office frontdesk@pswdcob.org for help signing up your church or camp for the reduced rate of $7.50 for each background check.

Sep 01 - 2013/2014 Youth Cabinet

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The following youth have been called to serve the PSWD on the Youth Cabinet for 2013/2014 year:

Leilah Floyd – Glendale

Rayna Harrison – La Verne

Jake Hoover – La Verne

Mollie Montgomery – Bakersfield 

I look forward to working with this team of bright and dedicated youth leaders.

Please keep us in your prayers as we come together to plan activities for District Conference, 2013 in Arizona and promoting NYC, 2014!

Feb 20 - April 2013 Spring Youth Event. Register Today!

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 PSWD YOUTH EVENT

“PERCEPTION, CONNECTION, DIRECTION”

April 19-21, 2013

Modesto, Empire and Waterford, California

Proverbs 11:14

Without good direction, people lose their way;

the more wise counsel you follow,

the better your chances

 During our time together we will challenge perceptions, share meals and laughs, and look to the future as a community of Jesus lovin’, fun havin’, service minded Youth of the PSWD!

Important Stuff:

Registration – $30 per youth (Grades 6-12)

*Optional Donations For CROP WALK by separate check: CWS/CROP – For more information about CROP: www.cwsglobal.org/

Medical Release Form and Applications available at: pswdcob.org/youth

Forms due by Friday, April 5, 2013

Event Flier

Brochure/Registration