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ACYMC Parramatta 2018
ACYMC is expected to gather over 500 attendees from across Australia, who minister with young people in a variety of settings including parishes, schools, religious orders, communities, dioceses, universities and Church organisations. The event will share learnings from the Year of Youth in 2018 and prepare a future pathway for the diverse and growing needs of Catholic youth ministry in Australia.
“Hosting the Convention in Western Sydney provides a unique opportunity to tap into the rich diversity of our Diocese. I look forward to the opportunity to discern the vision and strategies required to reach young people in Australia. The feedback from the recent national youth survey has challenged us to address more confidently the issues of mental health, drugs, alcohol, relationships, and the digital world,” Bishop Vincent said.
ACYMC will include elements of formation, retreat and a unique forum in which youth ministers can contribute to future national initiatives and support. The convention program and speakers will be announced in early 2018.
More details HERE 

Research Seminar (Brisbane, 9-10 Mar)
This seminar brings together leading Australian researchers and youth ministers. Details HERE, sponsorship available, contact the AOY to find out how.

Blueprint 2018 will be held on Saturday 21 July. More details to come!

A two-day seminar to inform ongoing youth evangelisation. The seminar will gather researchers, sociologists, theologians, teachers, clergy and youth ministry practitioners from across the country to inform the practice of youth ministry with recent research and analysis.

Keynote Presenters:
• Prof Richard Rymarz – BBI - The Australian Institute of Theological Education
• Dr Philip Hughes – Christian Research Association
• Dr Maeve Heaney – Australian Catholic University
• Stephen Reid – ACBC Pastoral Research Office
• Kelly Paget – Diocese of Broken Bay
• Fr Chris Ryan MGL – Missionaries of God’s Love
• Malcolm Hart – ACBC Office for Youth

Blueprint is a workshop day offered by the Archdiocesan Office for Youth, designed to support people working or volunteering in youth ministry. Blueprint April 2017 will equip leaders with skills and training to effectively evangelise youth in the ever changing culture of today. Registration includes a take-home resource to support your continuing development in youth ministry. Participants will receive a certificate of completion to recognise their training within the Archdiocese of Melbourne. The day includes a keynote presentation, workshop options, Mass, and great networking opportunities. Lunch is provided and registration online is essential. Registration closes 2nd of April.

In 2017 we have decided to charge $10 for registration for Blueprint. This money will go towards the costs of the day and will enable us to purchase a resource/book for participants to take home to continue their development in youth ministry. We encourage youth leaders to approach their Parishes to contribute to this cost if they need assistance.

Workshop Topics:

§  ACYF Prep- With ACYF only 10 months away we want to help give you practical advice on taking a group to such a big event. This workshop will also cover the finer details of what ACYF will have to offer and how the festival is going to run.

§  Writing a talk and presenting to young people- Presenting information can be tricky. Public speaking can be nerve racking. There are so many different ways, styles and options to get your point across when speaking to your audience. Whether you are facilitating a gathering, or leading a game, there are a number of skills you need to develop to keep your audience engaged and interested. In this workshop, we will explore a variety of different tools, techniques and tips to prepare you for the various public speaking situations you will come across in your ministry.

§  Navigating Relationships in Youth Ministry- This workshop looks at the policies and laws around working with young people and how to connect with your youth in ways that help them grow in their faith.

§  Social media, Catholic identity and youth ministry- We have created a digital version of ourselves which expresses who we are and connects us to others on many different levels. In this workshop we explore the pros and cons of social media, and the impact it has on our Catholic identity. We look at ways we can navigate social media personally, and how we can use it effectively to serve our ministries.

§  How to approach Euthanasia-Euthanasia is an increasingly important topic in our country. Last year, a parliamentary inquiry recommended an assisted suicide law and a bill will be introduced into parliament by the Victorian Government this year. This workshop will help you explain to young people the Church’s view and why it opposes Euthanasia. It will also give you ways to approach the topic of Euthanasia in a youth group setting.

§  Leading leaders- A team of leaders who feel inspired and supported in their ministry is essential for sustainable youth ministry. This workshop explores strategies for helping your leadership team grow as a community which effectively witnesses to Christ.

WHEN: April 8th
WHERE: 278 Victoria Parade, East Melbourne.
WHO: Everyone
COST: $10

If you are new to youth ministry, we invite you and your team to come along to ‘Called and Sent’, our first ever camp for developing foundations in youth ministry. We’ll be beachside from 10-12 February, taking you deeper into the gospel message at the heart of your call to ministry, equipping you with practical ideas and helping you set goals for 2017. Places are limited!
Called and Sent: Developing foundations in youth ministry for new leaders
10-12 February 2017
Don Bosco Camp, Safety Beach
Cost per participant: $80
Registration (Opening Dec 1) :

A big thanks to all who were able to join us for Blueprint on Saturday 24 September. A selection of workshops and the keynote were filmed. See below!
Keynote: The Bigger Picture presented by Fr Chris Ryan MGL
Coming Down from the Mountain presented by Rhonda O'Connor - How to return from large scale events like World Youth Day or the Australian Catholic Youth Festival or an awesome Camp/Retreat and adjust to life in your youth group.
Amoris Laetita presented by Dr Conor Sweeney- What is it about this apostolic exhortation that we can understand better to help us in Youth Ministry?
Mentoring Leaders presented by Fr Paul Newton - Handing over to the next generation of leaders can be difficult and sometimes they can be hard to identify - this workshop looks at mentoring your future leaders.
Prayer with different age groups presented by the Melbourne NET team -  Learn some techniques and style of prayer to suit different age groups
Seriously Important Stuff You Need to Know presented by AOY and Ciel Neenan - an updated workshop looking at the changes in laws and policies that affect how we work with young people. 
Looking ahead to ACYF Sydney 2017 presented by the AOY - Might seem crazy to think ahead but as we fast approach 2017, we want to help you get the most out of opportunities that ACYF Sydney 2017 will offer with a planning workshop.

Blueprint is a workshop day offered by the Archdiocesan Office for Youth to inspire and support people working in youth ministry. This Blueprint on Sunday 27 September featured two international guests from Life Teen in the US - Stephen Lenahan and Steve Allgeyer. Stephen presented the opening keynote on Understanding Gen Z. This is part of his presentation.

The 2014 Australian Catholic Youth Ministry Convention (ACYMC) was held in Adelaide from 3-5th October. As the name suggests, this was a national convention where youth ministers can meet and learn more about how to effectively minister to young people. The convention includes key note presentations, workshops and liturgies and is also an opportunity to develop informal relationships with other youth ministers and get re-inspired about your ministry. The Convention is held on a two-three year cycle. The next ACYMC is yet to be announced but stay tuned for details.

In 1960, a young university professor, Karol Wojtyla (St Pope John Paul II) wrote Love & Responsibility for his students. It combines penetrating insight with practical advice about friendship, love, and the dynamics between men & women. Join us as we use Edward Sri’s summary of Love & Responsibility to discover a wisdom both timeless and new.

Who: Young adults aged 18-35 years. Stay tuned for next round of discussion groups.


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