Children’s and youth ministers gathered on Saturday, May 9, for a creative and productive Youth Summit II. Teresa Ruff of St. Andrew’s, Ben Lomond helped us to learn new ways to use Facebook, Webpages, Google and more to reach the youth in our ministries.

Susie Ferguson of ECA and Katherine Doar of St. Francis, San Jose shared their tips for creating and running VBS programs of all sizes and shapes. We dedicated our collegial time to discussing our challenges with curriculum and communications. Thank you to St. John’s Chapel in Monterey for hosting us and for sharing your lovely worship, 1928-style.

Mark your calendars for Youth Summit III: Communications and Collaboration, taking place Saturday, August 22, from 10 am – 3 pm at St. Stephen’s in the Field, San Jose. We’ll focus on working with the diocese to develop communication tools to better partner in our ministries. Our guest presenter will be Diocesan Communications Specialist Elrond Lawrence. Bring your event calendars for your ministries and your openness to new social media and collaborations among our ministries. To join our Children & Youth Ministries contact list or be part of the planning team, email

The Rev. Katherine Doar