Happy New Year! Can hardly believe it's 2015. We hope that you had a bit of a break over the Christmas Holidays and were able to do some things you love! We are looking forwards to the year ahead. As you may already know, Eric is on a well deserved sabbatical from January 1st to April 9th. He has some exciting things planned for this time and we wish him the very best. I will be working a few extra hours so as to provide support for you as well as planning for Walking the Talk and May Retreat. For these two events there are planning meetings for interested leaders, youth, and young adults who have a passion for these events and like to plan! All meetings will be held at the VANYAYA office: Walking the Talk Planning - January 12th at 6pm May Retreat Planning - February 5th and March 5th at 7pm (Please let me know if you will attend, just send me an email or call me!) Really looking forwards to seeing you in 2015!! Blessings, Andrea (and Eric too!!) YYAC Meetings Jan 15th, 10-12:30 @ VANYAYA Office, 2776 Semlin Drive, Vancouver We will be looking at the year ahead so please bring your calendars! NEED FIRST AID CERTIFICATION - Let us know looking to get a bunch of people together for date in early February! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Open to all people working (paid or volunteer) or who have a passion for Youth, Young Adult, and Children's Ministry from the Lower Mainland. The Purpose of Our YYAC Meetings Intentional spiritual networking and mentoring of all involved in Youth, Young Adult, and Children's Ministry, through community building, sharing resources and talents, and planning events. All gatherings are potluck-if you can please bring something to share-however, please come even if you are unable to bring anything! There is always tons to share. YYAC Facebook Page AWE Sunday Jan 18th 1pm & Sunday Feb 15th 1pm @ St Andrew's Wesley UC Come and join us in an expression of worship that is engaging and participatory and explore new ways of worship. Be Still For those who work or volunteer with Children, Youth, and Young Adults in The United Church of Canada. @ Rivendell Retreat Centre, Bowen Island, BC January 27-30, 2015 (3 Night Event) contemplative...practices...rest...renewal...in community Please email Mary Nichol at [email protected] for info! Children and the Church 15th Bi-Annual Ecumentical Event Storytelling and the Spiritual Lives of Children January 31st, 2015 9am to 4:30pm Special Guests: Storyteller, Kung Jaadee(Haida) and Rev. Dr. Martin Brokenleg(Lakota) Presented by the Vancouver School of Theology Learn more and Register Imagine Children's Retreat 2015 February 20-22 @ Stillwood Retreat Centre Camp Counsellors are needed once again for this event. If you have experience and love working with children please apply as soon as you can to join our fun team. You must be in Grade 10 to 12! Apply to be a Camp Counsellor www.imaginechildrensretreat.ca May Retreat 2015 We are planning May Retreat for 2015 (May 15-18) for Vancouver and Westminster Presbyteries and we want your input! This event is to take place at Fircom! Please email [email protected] if you are interested in helping plan this event. We are meeting the following dates to plan: Thurs Feb 5 7-9pm @ VANYAYA Thurs Mar 5 7-9pm @ VANYAYA Walking the Talk 2015 This event is schedule to take place April 24-26th based out of St Stephen's United Church on Granville. We are currently planning this event around the theme of Climate Justice. Our first meeting is on January 12th at 6pm! Please email [email protected] if you are interested as I will be figuring out food in advance!