Lauren Odile Pinkney, Children Youth & Families Minister at Christ Church Cathedral in Vancouver is looking to the Say Yes! to Kids campaign to fund a new dramatic arts development program for 2022- 2023 “The Cathedral's vision is to create a program where youth can meet regularly in an informal way, learn and gain a broad range of skills under the umbrella of dramatic arts,” says Pinkney. “Be it acting, improvisation, stand-up comedy, musical theatre, playwriting, production, or set and stage design, this program need not be limited in the areas it can explore. Pinkney, who has a background in theatre, is hopeful the program will result in variety of performances and showcases, and the development of partnerships, both within the Cathedral and the broader community. “Most importantly, I’m hoping to see a group of young people emerge as leaders in dramatic arts, with new skills that will carry them through adolescence and beyond.”
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"we are so grateful for this fantastic seed grant from Anglican Foundation, however this is just a beginning and there are many opportunities to support this ministry. Please follow this link to the Canada Helps page. Your participation is much appreciated."
During the last eight years a significant group of families from the Chaldean Christian community, as well as other newcomer children, have joined the Church of the Epiphany in north Surrey, contributing to its development as an integrated community of Arabic and English-speaking followers of Christ. “During the pandemic most of the children and young people did not come to Church,” says the Rev. Stephen Rowe, Rector. “However, in recent weeks they have begun to return.” Rowe says the church plans to use proceeds from this year’s Say Yes! to Kids campaign to rebuild a children and youth program—Sundays and a midweek meeting for teens—with staffing support. “These children and young people have left their homes in Iraq and elsewhere and come to Canada, often as refugees,” explains Rowe. “As they have made a new life in our community, we want to build on the deep faith of their families now as part of the Anglican tradition.”
Please send your donations to The Anglican Parish of the Church of Epiphany with Youth and Children Worker in the memo line. Regular mail will be appreciated, send to:
10553 - 148th Street, Surrey, BC, V3R 3X7
For every $10 donated to the New Westminster teams, $4 will be shared between youth-focused ministry at the diocesan and national levels. This year the diocesan share of Say Yes! to Kids campaigns will support the Diocesan Youth Movement (DYM). “Of significant benefit to young people in our diocese is the DYM Annual Retreat,” says the Rt. Rev. John Stephens, Bishop of New Westminster. “What better way to Say Yes! to young people than to bring them together: engaging their hearts and minds, increasing their sense of belonging, and contributing to their journey of self-discovery. I am grateful to both our Cathedral and Church of the Epiphany for their support and leadership in this Say Yes! To Kids initiative.” Nationally, funds raised through Say Yes! to Kids will support Indigenous youth initiatives that are national in scope, and that complement the transformational work being done at both the local and diocesan levels. Archbishop Linda Nicholls, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada and Chair of AFC’s Board of Directors, says, “Our Say Yes! to Kids champions are wonderful examples of sacrificial love and service, showing us in ways large and small how to be adaptable, how to persevere, and how to keep the faith amid uncertainty."
For more information on registering a fundraising team for the 2023 Say Yes! to Kids campaign, contact Michelle Hauser at email@example.com.