The Diocese of Saskatchewan is one of the youngest dioceses in North America. In many of our parishes, over 70% of the population is under 19 years of age. Not surprisingly, we take youth ministry seriously.
In 1998, we held a fundraiser called the 'Opening Doors Campaign', a chief goal of which was to raise funds for a diocesan youth worker. As a result of that campaign we are able to employ a Diocesan Youth Coordinator.
In 2001, we ran the 'Next Generation Campaign' to energize family ministries throughout the Diocese. This programme produced, among other things, a wonderful manual of proven ideas for family ministry which is available from the Synod Office.
For the past five summers a travelling Vacation Bible School Programme has been run across the Diocese. Supplementing our many parish-based youth ministries -- Sunday schools, choirs, kids' clubs, Confirmation classes, servers' guilds, scouting groups and nurseries, in a typical year we also hold:
- Several Youth Conferences
- Twenty-five Vacation Bible Schools
- St. Michael's Conference for older teens
- An annual aboriginal youth conference
- Three Gospel Jamborees
- Camps for various ages at our Diocesan Summer Camp -- Camp Okema.
Last year we also ran a nine-month training course for prospective youth-group leaders and a programme to teach parents how to drug-proof their children.