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Child Youth and Family Ministry Network

The Child Youth and Family Ministry (CYFM) Network works to have a grace-filled impact on children, youth, emerging adults, and families throughout our synod. This will boldly empower all of us to live out our baptismal call in the world. We focus on:

  • Baptismal Identity: articulating a shared theological understanding based in the baptismal covenant--CYFM is at the heart of ministry, with every person equally valued from infants to older adults.
  • Connectivity: strengthening the network of support for CYFM by connecting people, congregations, conferences, and communities.
  • Equipping: providing training that empowers leadership development in CYFM.

We want to know your stories! -- and to share them with other congregations. Are you planning an event? Let us know and we will help get the word out.

For more information, contact chairperson Deacon Charlie Germain at 845-225-4698.


Scholarships available

E17_Logo_SquareThe Child Youth & Family Ministry Network is offering two $1,000 scholarships to attend the ELCA Youth Ministry Network’s Extravaganza. The Extravaganza is an outstanding conference featuring numerous seminars on children, youth and family ministries. In addition to the courses and seminars offered, there are outstanding speakers, and you have the opportunity to meet and network with people working in the trenches of children, youth and family ministries from around the country.

The total cost to attend an Extravaganza, including registration, airfare, rooming and cost for food is estimated to be approximately $1,300. Once the awards are announced, the winners are responsible to register themselves and make arrangements for their room and travel. Those awarded the scholarships are expected to attend one of the intensive care courses as well as the main event, and will be asked to give feedback to the Child Youth & Family Ministry Network about their experience at the Extravaganza.

The theme, 500, is in recognition of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation which started 500 years ago when Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses on the door of the Wittenberg church on Oct 31, 1517.

Scholarship nominations are due by November 9. The award will be based on present activity and how the knowledge gained will be used. The Child Youth & Family Ministry Network will review the applications and announce the winners.

Download the application here. Applications should be e-mailed to Deacon Charlie Germain at Charlieg424@comcast.net.



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