Beyond Bowling: Faith Formation with Youth (Neos)

October 17, 2014 - October 19, 2014
Offered by Five Oaks Centre
Paris ON


Beyond Bowling: Faith Formation with Youth (Neos)


This is a core youth ministry education course for Neos: Five Oaks’ Youth Ministry Certificate Program.

Youth leaders often have a difficult task of keeping youth interested and engaged in coming out to youth group, special events, projects and programs, let alone trying to nurture and explore a sense of Christian identity and faith. It can be challenging to keep things creative and contemporary for youth, while at the same time taking care of one’s own spiritual needs as a leader.
During this weekend at Five Oaks we will explore the role of the youth leader when it comes to faith formation. We will explore various approaches to a faith-filled youth ministry. Specific topics that will be explored include adolescent development, ‘rites of passage’ such as confirmation, the use of music in faith formation, social justice and mission.

All people in paid accountable ministry, as well as active volunteers, will benefit from this program. You will come away with lots of resources and practical tools to put to use in your ministry with youth as well as meet a network of colleagues and friends.

Those taking this program toward the Neos Certificate in Youth Ministry must attend the full weekend in order to receive credit.


Marilyn Arthur is the Director of Children and Youth Ministries at Riverside United Church in London, ON. One of Marilyn’s passions is helping to create community for youth to come together to share in their faith and recognize that Christ in the midst of their relationships.

Beth Parsons is in Family ministries at Calvary United Church in London, Ontario.  Her ministry includes working with youth and young families and building outreach programs in the community.  A large part of Beth’s work involves youth music, drama and visual art.s  “I feel very blessed to work in such a creative church where children and youth thrive in expressing their faith through the arts.”

Michael Shewburg is the Minister to the GO Project. Michael has served the United Church of Canada the last 12 years as Minister to Children and Youth at Islington United Church in Toronto (2005-2012) and as the Director of Camping and Youth Ministry in Kent Presbytery, London Conference (2000-2002, 2004). Michael participated in the Training in Mission Program in South Africa and in India in 2003. Michael is passionate about mission and service and social justice issues. Michael loves to race sail boats and enjoys time on the farm in Paris, Ontario where he lives with his partner.

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Beyond Bowling: Faith Formation with Youth

Start: Oct 17, 2014 @ 7:30 PM
End: Oct 19, 2014 @ 12:30 PM
Cost: $265.00

includes tuition, meals and accommodation.

Please note that this program ends with lunch on Sunday.

Registrations are processed only once we have received your payment – either a deposit or the full amount. After you fill out the online registration form you will be directed to pay through paypal. If this payment does not go through, please contact our office at 519-442-3212 to complete the registration process. You will receive a letter from our Registrar confirming your registration within the week.

 For a printable flyer for this program, click here. 

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