This BLOG has been created as a mechanism for sharing among the Youth Missionary Society (YMS) of the AME Zion Church. Feel free to make comments or send E-mail. Any derrogatory information will result in discontinuance of this BLOG.
Welcome to the YMS Blog
The Youth Missionary Society is made up of female youth ages 13-21 with male youth of the same age as honorary members. The society has been successful at blending issues with missions and continues to do so.
This blog has been set up for the members of this society to chat, comment and speak on anything they choose, while at the same time, learning more about the Youth Missionary Society. Enjoy!
Have You Registered Yet?
The 2010 Dorothy S. Johnson Y Retreat is approaching. The retreat will be held July 9th-11th at Camp Dorothy Walls Conference and Retreat Center in Black Mountain, North Carolina.
Registration is $154 per person BEFORE June 15th (includes materials, meals and Friday night concert). Anyone who registers BEFORE June 15th will receive a FREE CD either from Neptune7 or ElectionSure. After June 15th, the registration goes to $179.
What is the Dorothy S. Johnson Y Retreat?
In 1984 then, Mrs. Dorothy Johnson presented the idea of a General “Y” Retreat to the Executive Board. With the blessings of the Board she organized and coordinated the first General “Y” Retreat on the campus of Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina, held in June of 1985. Its purpose was and still is to address many of the contemporary problems and spiritual needs of our youth, to explore Christian solutions to the same, to foster their personal Christian development, generate a greater sense of missions, broaden their circle of friendship and heighten their Christian commitment.
Who Should I Attend the Y Retreat?
Although the retreat is geared toward members (female) and honorary (male) members of the Youth Missionary Society and their friends ages 13 to 21, Youth Secretaries, chaperones other interested parties are welcome to attend.
What Can I Expect at the Retreat?
This weekend will prove to be a fun-filled, energy-packed, anointed experience with comprehensive workshops, valuable information and unforgettable entertainment. Here are a few highlights: Stuffed animal donations to local Children’s Hospital; Special NCNW (National Council of Negro Women) Workshop to emphasize Mrs. Michelle Obama’s obesity campaign initiative; the Vickie Awards; Relationship Enhancement and Break the Cycle – Domestic Abuse Discussions; and a Holy Ghost Party featuring Christian Rap groups Neptune7 and ElectionSure.
What Else Should I Expect at the Retreat?
The Vickie Awards ceremony will be held to celebrate the accomplishments of our Youth for the 2009-10 school year. There will be a formal event during the retreat to honor those who have reached high-level achievement in the areas of Academics, the Arts and Sports (applications online or in the Youth Missionary Society’s Official Study Guide). Applications are due no later than June 28, 2010.
Each retreat participant is asked to bring a BRAND NEW stuffed animal to the retreat. We will donate the animals to a local Children’s Hospital.
Below you will find a list of books that I recommend for Youth Missionaries and/or Secretaries:
Arterburn, Stephen and Fred Stoeker with Mike Yorkey, EVERY YOUNG MAN’S BATTLE, Waterbrook Press: Colorado Springs, Colorado: 2002. ISBN 1-57856-537-5 – this book asks and deals with the question “How can any young man remain pure in the real world of sexual temptation?”
Foster, Charles R. and Grant S. Shockley, WORKING WITH BLACK YOUTH: OPPORTUNITIES FOR CHRISTIAN MINISTRY, Abingdon Press: Nashville: 1989. ISBN 0-687-46196-0 – this book deals with underlying issues that affect our young women and young men in society and the church.
Gottlieb, Lori, STICK FIGURE, Berkley Publishing: New York, New York: 2000. ISBN 0-425-17890-0 – I found this book while looking for resources to help a young woman in my local church deal with an eating disorder. You read it first, and then give it to the person who is struggling; it will make a greater impact, because you can discuss it.
Ison, Colleen, SKITS THAT TEACH TEENS, Standard Publishing: Cincinnati, Ohio: 1962. ISBN 0-7847-0108-3 – this is a book that I have used over and over again, it proves to be an excellent resource.
Jacob, Iris, MY SISTERS’ VOICES, Henry Holt & Company: New York, New York: 2002. ISBN 0-8050-6821-X – this is an excellent book of poems and expressions by young women.
McCall, Nathan, MAKES ME WANNA HOLLER, Vintage Books: New York: 1994. ISBN 0-679-74070-8 – the language is strong and graphic, but the message is clear. Once you read this book, it will stick with you. I highly recommend it to any young woman or young man. It would be a good idea to read this one and discuss it as a group.
Wilkinson, Bruce, THE DREAM GIVER, Multnomah Publishers: Sisters, Oregon: 2003. ISBN 1-59052-201-X – the author of the Prayer of Jabez and Secrets of the Vine has done it again!
Word Ministries, PRAYERS THAT AVAIL MUCH FOR TEENS, revised edition, Harrison House, Inc.: Tulsa, Oklahoma: 1994. ISBN 0-89274-843-5 – this book is a good resource for prayers.