ACYMC Parramatta 2018 September 21-23
The Australian Catholic Youth Ministry Convention gathers youth ministers from a variety of contexts and ministries including schools, parishes, diocese, movements, religious orders, communities, organisations and ministry to form and inform them for ministry. It is the largest networking opportunity for Catholic youth ministry in Australia. The ACYMC exists to develop and nurture a national understanding and identity of Catholic youth ministry; provide high-quality formation and training for those engaged in youth ministry across Australia; provide an opportunity for youth ministers to network within and beyond their immediate fields of ministry; provide a space for youth ministers to seek spiritual reflection and nourishment.
Who is the ACYMC for?
The ACYMC invites all those who are engaged in ministry with young people in a Catholic setting. It brings together those from schools, parishes, diocese, movements, religious orders, communities, universities, vocations, social services and organisations from across Australia.
Early bird Registration $350 Closes 20th July
Full Registration $385 Closes 24th August
All registrations will be online including participants, expo holders, presenters, guests and volunteers.
Please review the registrations preparations steps, then select one of the registration option listed to begin your registrations.
Registration includes participation in all three days of the Convention and its variety of program elements including 2 dinners, workshops, keynote address and expo. Morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea (Friday and Saturday) and dinner (Saturday only). Morning tea, lunch (Sunday) Participant bag including program, promotional material and resources. Please note: Registration costs does not include accommodation.
Archdiocesan Office for Youth Subsidies
The Archdiocesan Office for Youth is offering a limited number of subsidies worth $200 each, to go towards the registration cost for ACYMC. This subsidy is to encourage current youth leaders and others who are hoping to start youth ministry in their parish or community to gain formation in this area.
Subsidies are limited to two per parish/ group and priority will be given to the following:
1. Leader/ Coordinator - Parish youth ministry group
2. Leader/ Coordinator - Community youth ministry group
3. Individuals hoping to establish Youth Ministry in their parish or community
Process of application
2. The AOY Team will assess if applicant fits the criteria and determine who can be offered the subsidy
3. AOY Team member will contact applicants notifying them of their success by Monday 16th July 2018
4. Registration code will be sent to successful applicants to complete registration online
*Applications close on Friday 13 July 2018. Applications received after this date will be considered if there are any subsidies remaining.
To view the ACYMC website, see HERE
LEAD Workshop Day (formerly Blueprint) will be held on Saturday 21 July 9.45am - 3.30pm. It equips those working or volunteering in youth ministry with skills to effectively evangelise young people. The day includes a keynote presentation, workshops options for entry level and experienced youth ministers, networking opportunities and a delicious morning tea and lunch! All youth ministry leaders are welcome to attend however prior
registration is essential and closes on 12 July. Cost is $10 and includes a resource valued at $25.
Keynote presentation by Fr Christian Fini, OMI: “Creating a culture of leadership; inspiring, challenging and developing leaders”
1. Watch out!!! Burnout is on the horizon: The importance of Self Care in youth ministry (Dr Marcel Koper)
2. “You’re not friends till you’re Facebook friends”: Helping young people safely navigate social media
3. Project and event planning for Youth Ministry (Jess Mills)
4. Understanding current Child Safety standards in a youth ministry context (Katherine Levi)
How to use “Alpha” and other youth ministry programs in your youth
ministry (Jacqui Guilliano)
6. Structures for sustainability:
Creating a framework for eternal youth
ministry (Fr Christian Fini, OMI)
To see the full descriptions for workshops, download the FLYER HERE
Every year in Australia, 1 in 4 young people have the symptoms for a diagnosis of anxiety or depression. A youth ministry leader may be the first trusted adult a young person seeks for help.
The Archdiocesan Office for Youth is supporting youth minister to respond to mental health issues in young people by offering the Youth Mental Health First Aid Course, presented by accredited instructors from Ultimate Youth Worker.
The 14-hour course teaches adult youth ministry leaders how to assist adolescents who are developing a mental illness, experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem or in a mental health crisis, until appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves. Participants will learn about adolescent development, the signs and symptoms of common and disabling mental health problems in young people, where and how to get help when a young person is developing a mental illness, what sort of help has been shown by research to be effective, and how to provide first aid in a crisis situation.
THIS COURSE HAS BEEN RUN FOR 2018, WE LOOK FORWARD TO RUNNING IT AGAIN IN 2019. TO STAY INFORMED, WHY NOT SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTH LEADER UPDATE - A LINK CAN BE FOUND ON OUR HOMEPAGE
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.