100 Alderman Road Charlottesville Virginia 22903
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March 14 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Saturday, March 14, 2020, 2:30-4:30
at St. Mark, Charlottesville
“Bishop’s Day” is an opportunity for the youth of our synod to learn more about the call to ministry in the church, especially the public ministry of Pastors and Deacons. We are inviting our adult leaders in Virginia, mainly Rostered Ministers, to accompany youth in grades 7-12 to Charlottesville for an afternoon of conversation with the Bishop’s Staff and other rostered ministers of our Synod. This year’s event is on Saturday, March 14th. (NOTE: The original published start time was 1:30, but it has been changed to 2:30.)
We try to send letters of invitation to every youth who has been identified as “Gifted for Ministry” by a small group leader or other youth leader at one of our Synod youth events, but any youth is welcome to attend along with their pastor. If the pastor is not available, the youth leader or another adult can come instead, but we really hope that our pastors and deacons will be the ones bringing their congregational youth.
Bishop’s Day meets at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Charlottesville. Our program begins at 2:30pm and participants are invited to arrive early for fellowship and snacks. We spend time hearing call stories from several rostered ministers, reflect on our own gifts and sense of call in small group, and hear an orientation to the candidacy process. We conclude with worship and get everyone back on the road by about 4:30pm.
Although our gathering provides a lot of time for useful conversation, we also hope that leaders will make use of the travel time to and from Charlottesville to share your own call story and say more about what a life of public ministry in the church is like.
We do not require pre-registrations for this event, but it helps our planning if you would let me know if you hope to attend and the names and grades of youth who you hope will accompany you. Many youth who have been to this event one time report that they have benefited from a second or even third opportunity to participate. By all means, if you have questions, please also get in touch with me.