The Diocesan Youth Movement (DYM) is a group of youth workers, young people and those involved with youth ministry who co-ordinate youth ministry initiatives in the Diocese of New Westminster.

2019/20 Events

OCTOBER 11-14: BCYAYM Fall Conference - Becoming Human
  • The annual Thanksgiving weekend youth event is back! This year the theme is: Becoming Human and the guest speaker is Matt Belcarras. The theme will explore how to live lives of compassion, justice, and beauty. It will be at Camp Owaissi in Kelowna. Registration is $150.00 until Sept.13 and includes transportation, meals, accommodation.

NOVEMBER 16: Youth Leader Training - Peer Ministry Leadership
  • A one-day, cross-generational workshop filled with experiential learning, discussions, one-on-one conversations, and creative biblical storytelling and candle time prayers. It's a face-to-face, heart-to-heart, learn-by-doing, youth and adult friendly adventure in caring skill learning. This is a training event sponsored by the diocese and the ELCIC (Lutheran) churches. It also comes with follow-up coaching and a training manual. More info here
    When: Saturday Nov 16, 2019, 8:30AM - 5:00PM
    Where: Trinity Lutheran Church, 11040 River Road, Delta, BC, V4C 1S5
    Tickets: $10/person by November 1st, 2019; $15 after November 1st
    Participants: Youth and adults, ages 12 and up
    Register: click here

FEBRUARY 14-17: DYM Youth Winter Retreat - See the article about this year's retreat here!

APRIL 9: Maundy Thursday Sleepover - cancelled due to Covid-19, but wait! There's this:

APRIL 25: Confirmation Preparation Day - postponed, date TBD
  • The Diocese of New Westminster invites all those being confirmed, reaffirmed or received into the Anglican Church this year to join us for a day of teaching, conversation and worship.  Our theme, "Strengthened by the Holy Spirit," will be the beginning of our discussions and wonderings about how we live into our relationship with God, and each other, in the Anglican Church of Canada.  Come bring your questions!  This day is designed to complement whatever preparation candidates will be undertaking within their parishes.
  • Date: SATURDAY, April 25th, 2020
    Time: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
    Location: Diocesan office, 1410 Nanton Avenue, Vancouver
    Registration: $15 - includes lunch. Register here.
MAY 2: Diocesan Confirmations - postponed, date TBD

MAY 15-18: Young Sojourners Weekend


The Diocesan Youth Movement in the Anglican Diocese of New Westminster affirms diversity of individuals and perspectives while fostering relationship with God and with each other. We seek to equip youth and youth leaders to seek challenge and growth through positive action within individuals, the Church and the wider world.


Diversity of individuals, theology and worship. All individuals and perspectives are welcomed within an environment of respect.
Relationship with God and between peers as well as with the larger Church are integral to our mission. We week to connect individuals, parishes and diocesan ministries.
Challenge & Growth are strongly linked within our ministry. By providing opportunities that challenge individuals, ministries and the wider church we seek to foster growth.
Equiping youth, youth leaders and the wider church with tools and experiences to further their journeys in faith and ministry.
Positive Action is a way in which we fultill our potential in faith, enact our core values and respond to changing needs within our ministry.
The DYM leadership team meets monthly to plan upcoming events and keep each other up to date on what is happening in youth ministry around the Diocese and beyond. The current chair of the DYM leadership team is Anne Kessler, Children, Youth and Families Minister at Christ Church Cathedral.
DYM maintains a Facebook group for discussion of youth ministry and for keeping people up to date with what's happening at the moment. To connect with DYM, join the Facebook group.
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Annual Retreats

Each year, the Diocesan Youth Movement hosts a retreat for young people in the diocese, often in partnership with our friends in ministry: Camp Artaban, Sorrento Centre and the British Columbia and Yukon Anglican Youth Movement

Click the links below to read reports and to watch video from the annual retreats for previous years:

2008: Urban Pilgrimage

2009: Survivor Artaban

2010: Destination Transformation

2011: Apocalypse Wow!

2012: The Saints Rise

2013: Keep Calm and Wait

2014: Keep Calm and Love God

2015: Keep Calm and Stay Cool

2016: Here and Now

2017: A Wizard's Retreat

2018: Blessed are the Poor of Spirit

2019: May the Force be with You