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.

Adult Swim

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.

Click here to read the September edition of the CYYA Intersection and stay connected to the Region’s ministry with children, youth, and families.

International Affairs Seminar
July 9-17, 2021 (tentative)

Covid-19 has affected the Region’s planning process for both of these study trips.

Intersections
September 4-10, 2021 (tentative)

an IAS style trip for adults 21 and older

Why Digital Only?

Following the preference of the Region’s Executive Committee, the Commission for Children, Youth, and Young Adults and the Regional Youth Council will not be sponsoring in-person retreats or events for the rest of this year.  It is disappointing, but the virus numbers across the Region continue to increase.  This decision will be revisited IF there is a significant, continuous 14 day downward trend in Covid-19 infections and deaths which is the current CDC guideline for religious organizations, businesses, and other activities.

We know some congregations are holding youth gatherings, with appropriate steps for safety, as well as worshipping in-person again.  That may be possible inside a congregation’s health perimeter, but it is not possible to create an effective health perimeter when youth and adults from around the Region gather in-person.  You have probably heard of this through the lens of a bubble or pod.

We know that school systems around the Region are discussing a variety of ways that students, teachers, coaches, teaching assistants, and administration can return to their buildings for school this fall.  Some are online only.  Some are hybrid.  We know that no matter which decisions are made by school boards, someone will not be happy.  The same is true with congregational life and Regional life.  We trust that patience, listening, thinking of our neighbor, and community will prevail in the masked struggles in some of our congregations and communities.

Meet the Regional Youth Council

The Regional Youth Council is staffed by Youth and Adults from around the Region.  This group of leaders plan and lead retreats for Chi Rho (junior high) and CYF (high school) youth, plan and lead family retreats, publish an Advent Devotional and Lent Blog, serve at summer camp, and are active in their congregations.  This fall they are planning and leading Digital Regional Youth Group as well as creating a videotaped Regional Youth Sunday worship for congregations to use.

RYC welcomes new members each summer as we offer prayers, well wishes, and gratitude to those that served the previous year and graduate into adult life.  Applications to serve on RYC are available from Feb 1-April 1 each year.

My name is Katelynn Dahn. I am a member of First Christian Church in Cherokee.  I am a Senior at Cherokee High School. I reside with my guardians Helen and Bucky Bell. My school activities include: Cross Country, FCCLA, Softball, Basketball, FFA, Cheerleading, Band, Track and completed a year at Northwest Technology Center in the Biomed I program. My additional activities include: attending the RYLA Camp sponsored by the Rotary Club, acted as a Camp Counselor in Training, and serve on the Regional Youth Council. I hold a State Office in the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls representing the Oklahoma Flag. My future plans are to major in Physical Therapy, college undecided. A fun fact about me is that I love volunteering in my community as much as I can.

My name is Eli Ghere. I attend Forest Park Christian Church in Tulsa. I am very talkative.  I like meeting new people and debating things. I am actually a low key nerd so I like Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, D&D, and all those sort of things.  Please don’t be shy if you want to chat.

Hi my name is David Gillett. I am a member of Western Oaks Christian Church in Oklahoma City. My favorite part of being involved in the Disciples of Christ community is the fellowship. My favorite youth event is by far going to church camp and seeing friends that you don’t get to see very often. I am also involved in the Boy Scouts of America in which I hold the rank of Eagle Scout.

I’m Rilee McCurley. I’m a senior at Cyril high school where I’m involved in multiple clubs including FCCLA for 5 years, academic team for 5 years, NHS for 3 years, and student council for 2 years. This is also my second year on Regional Youth Council. A few fun facts about me is that I love the TV show The Office, my favorite animal is a frog, and my go to karaoke song is Owl City’s Fireflies.

Hello.  I am Philip McIntosh.  I’m a senior at Putnam City North High School and I am a member at New Covenant Christian Church in Oklahoma City.  I am one of the Executive Officers for Regional Youth Council and hope to make the best of the year.

Hello.  I am Krissie Phillips.  I am a member at First Christian Church in Sulphur. I am a senior at Sulphur High School.

My name is Jasmin Pickens. I attend First Christian Church in Sulphur. I am a sophomore.  I love God and all his creation. I like to fish, bake, and outdoor activities. I have two dogs and a lizard. I am excited to be back in school and learning. I have been looking forward to being on RYC since I knew what it was.

My name is Scout Stanley. I attend Central Christian Church in Enid. I am active in band and choir.  I like watching movies and hanging out with my friends.  This is my first year on Regional Youth Council.

My name is Trinity Towle and I attend Central Christian Church in Fairview. I am a senior at Fairview High School participating in band, cheer, student council, and yearbook.  I am one of the Executive Officers for Regional Youth Council. Some of my favorite things to do include fishing, spending days at the lake, and watching Netflix.

Greeting my name is Travis Carlson, I grew up in the Disciples denomination, I currently attend First Christian Church in Chickasha where I serve as an Elder. I am married to a wonderful person, an English teacher, and have a college age daughter and son. I am lucky to teach reading and math intervention and technology in the same grade school I attended.   Also, I have worked with youth and college age individuals for almost twenty years counseling and directing camps and retreats.

Lastly, I am a technology addict, according to my wife and kids.  I like to build computers, which I learn from my great uncle who worked for IBM on mainframes in the 70’s.  Also, my family and I are Disney nuts.  I find the storytelling and the creative and technological innovations that have come from the company amazing.  My motto is “If it is geeky, I have probably done it.”

Rev. Shannon R. Cook serves as the Minister of Faith Development at First Christian Church in Norman.  She grew up in central Florida, went to college in Chicago-land (Lake Forest), Illinois, attended seminary at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, and was ordained by the Florida region in 2001.  Before coming to Oklahoma, she served churches in the Kentucky region.  She enjoys reading, hanging out with her husband, Bart Hanna, and their cats, watching movies, and having dance parties whenever possible.

Pastor Tara Dew is the Associate Minister at First Christian Church in El Reno where she recently celebrated 20 years of service.

Pastor Eula Hledik serves as Associate Minister at New Covenant Christian Church in Oklahoma City.

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Camp 101

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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 younger youth who have completed grades 4-5 and lasts a week.
Designed for youth who have completed grades 6-8 and lasts a week.
Designed for youth who have completed grades 9-12 and lasts a week.

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.

A study trip to Washington DC and New York City designed for youth in grades 11-12. Accompanied by adults, the youth study a topic relevant to both our culture and faith while taking in the sites and sounds of these two major East Coast cities.

FAQs

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 Gifts Make a Difference!

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
Goal $5000

Summer Camp
$10,000

Summer Ministry
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.

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