Chi Rho & CYF Digital Regional Youth Group Sept 23
6:25pm: Digital Room Opens
6:30: The Fun Begins!
7:55: Preview Next Month
8:00: We bid you goodnight
Spiritual Practice Guest Speaker: Guest Speaker: Rev. Nancy E. Brink, the Donna (Ford) and Fahmy Attallah Endowed Director of Church Relations at Chapman University. Read more about Rev. Brink. Rev. Brink will talk about centering prayer and offer other practices youth might explore.
Musical Guest: Andra Moran lives in Nashville, Tennessee where she works as a songwriter, singer, author, worship designer and freelance touring musician in a variety of ecumenical settings. In addition to her work in concert and commissioned music, Andra is a consultant in worship design, modern liturgical music and leadership in churches and denominational conferences across the country. She is regularly engaged as a clinician and workshop leader, teaching songwriting and creative expression in colleges and retreat centers. Currently, Andra tours and writes full time, and works part time on the staff of Woodmont Christian Church in Nashville as the Creative Director and worship pastor. She has a four year old daughter named after the heirloom lilies in that bloom in her garden.
Q: How do I get my group to DRYG (digital regional youth group)?
A: To access DRYG youth group leaders need to email Rev. Michael Davison who will send them connection information.
On the Horizon . . .
Digital Regional Youth Group
Join the Regional Youth Council and other Chi Rho and CYF groups from around the Region for Digital Regional Youth Group this fall! The RYC is planning four (4) opportunities to see your friends and make new friends around the Region. The theme for the fall Digital Regional Youth Group Is: Reconnect with God. Each month a different aspect of the theme will be explored.
Digital Regional Youth Group [6:30pm-8:00pm]
Reconnect with God
- September 23: Spiritual Practice
- October 28: Music
- November 18: Service
- December 16: Community
To protect the security of our meetings, your adult leader will need to contact Rev. Michael Davison to receive the link to the meeting.
October 27: 10am-Noon
A webinar day to connect and learn from other children and youth ministry workers in our Region.
Resources for Pandemic Time
Intentional Christian community is about our neighbors. What affects any one of us affects all of us. We are experiencing that in real time and in real ways that could change our culture and congregations for the better. So, continuing to plan for and do the work that will make summer camp happen is faithful, and points to a time that will be different, maybe even feel normal, but not routine as we’ve known it. That is what we are experiencing. And that’s ok. Maybe that is what Jesus was trying to tell disciples all along. Below find a resource list for this time of isolation.
- Resources for Families, Children, and Youth Dealing with Anti-Racism Pro-Reconciliation
- How to talk about . . . (Videos from Common Sense Media)
- 15 Ideas for Small Group Book Studies on Antiracism (BuildingFaith)
- Resources to Deal with School Closures and More (Common Sense Media)
- From the Front Lines of Empathy (ScreenAgers)
- Story Time from Space (NASA)
- I want to understand my emotions. (All Mental Health)
- David L Edwards Music (Rev. Kaye Edwards)
Find A Camp
Types of Camp
Outdoor Ministry is a defining characteristic of the missional ministry that the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) offers to children, youth, and adults. Often people will think of Outdoor Ministry as “summer camp” only, but our Region’s Outdoor Ministry includes weekend retreats, traditional residential week long camps and non-traditional week long camps that give children, youth, and adults of all ages the opportunity to play, pray, worship, study, and serve one another and new neighbors. Outdoor Ministry is one way we teach the language of faith, and the practice of Christianity for the Church today and tomorrow.
About the Camp Facilities
In Oklahoma there are three camp facilities that have Disciples roots dating to the early 1950’s. These facilities remain related to Christian Church in Oklahoma. Each one, Camp Christian, Texoma Christian Camp, and Central Christian Camp & Conference Center have their own governing boards that set policies, rental fees, and maintain onsite staff and programs. The Christian Church in Oklahoma has no oversight, nor financial responsibility for these facilities. One of our Associate Regional Ministers attends the board meetings of the facilities and provides support and advice when needed. Many individual members and congregations provide their time and financial support to one of our Disciples related facilities.
What Happens at Camp?
Great question. The design of our outdoor ministry is based in small groups that provide intimate space for campers to learn how to listen and talk to others. Campers spend time each day with their small group, and within the whole community they participate in art projects, they hear and interpret bible stories, worship together, and of course there are games, singing, sports, and pool time. Chi Rho and CYF campers are also offered workshops that teach life skills. Some recent workshops have focused on Internet safety, budgeting, photography, car maintenance, first-aid, and relationships.
Designed for children who have completed grades 2-3. This weekend camp introduces children to living in intentional Christian community.
Designed for Grandparents and a child that has completed grades k-4. This two night-three day experience will give grandparents and grandchildren the opportunity to share family stories and faith stories.
Alternating Summers: Heifer Week for Chi Rho and CYF
We send a small number of youth to the Heifer Ranch in Perryville, AR to learn about other cultures through their Global Village program.
Some years during Spring Break we offer a two-night three day trip to the Heifer Ranch for a short program in the Global Challenge.
We publish the summer camp schedule for the upcoming year during the fall the year before. In late January each year you can download the “Camp Guidebook” from this website. This publication will help you know how to register, what forms are needed, costs, and answer many of your questions.
The summer camp rates are set each January/February before the coming summer season. The rates cover the cost of the site fee, t-shirt, adult volunteers, insurance, lodging, meals, supplies, and program expenses. We offer a “discount rate” for those who register for camp between February and April 16 and “regular rate” for those who register for camp between April 17 and May 17.
Summer Camp dates, along with all other program ministries for children, youth, and young adults, are published on this website as well as on the CYYA Ministries Facebook page, and the CYYA Intersection.
Are you a subscriber to the CYYA Intersection? This monthly e-News will keep you up to date with opportunities, events, resources, and stories about ministry with Children, Youth, and Young Adults in our Region.
YES! Please contact Michael Davison. I'd love to talk with you about adult volunteer experiences at our camps.
A Word from the Commission with Children, Youth & Young Adults
The CYYA offers a variety of opportunities throughout the year for persons ages K-35 years old. CYYA Ministries in Oklahoma are evolving and growing into a future that includes age appropriate experiences and events beyond the summer months for our diverse age bracket.
We need two things: adult volunteers and funding. Our summer camp directors are always seeking adults to be counselors. As our opportunities expand we will need a variety of adults with different skills to make these opportunities a reality. The other major need is funding.
Your generous gifts to the Disciples Mission Fund or the Annual Fund underwrites the operation of the Region (Regional Office, staff salaries, benefits, and expenses, the Board and Commission work), but it does not provide financial support for the program ministries of the Region: events, retreats, camp, and mission experiences for children, youth, and adults.
Please consider a gift and support one of these experiences:
International Affairs Seminar
Each young person attending a summer ministry experience helps pay for the adult volunteers for that week. This fee is added to the camper fee and is based on the number of campers who attend and the number of adults needed. Funds raised for Summer Ministry could lower the cost for everyone that attends a camp in the future no matter where it may be hosted. Please consider a gift to support Summer Ministry and help us create funding to support this ongoing program ministry of the Region.
Are you considering a "legacy gift" to fund a ministry in your congregation or through the Region? The Oklahoma Disciples Foundation does this kind of work to support ministries throughout the Disciples of Christ in Oklahoma.
Make your check payable to Christian Church in Oklahoma, and note in the memo line what program ministry you are supporting.
Mail To: 301 NW 36th Street / Oklahoma City, OK, 73118. Please indicate IAS, Youth Ministry, Children's Ministry, Young Adult Ministry, Heifer Week, Mission Camp, or Summer Ministry in the memo line.
Thank You, Thank You, Thank You! Contact Rev. Michael Davison for more information about how you can support these missional ministries.
Visit our homepage to donate Online.
Choose "Youth Ministry" from the dropdown box.
In the "Special Instructions" box type which experience you want to support.