The Youth and Family Ministry VSST (vision, strategy, and support team) is comprised of youth (aged 12-18), young adults (aged 19-25), lay people of various parishes and regions of the diocese, clergy of the diocese, and staff support (the Youth and Family Ministry Coordinator). Our team strives to interpret the Diocesan Vision of being a “Christ-centred, mission-minded, ministering community of faith” in light of the children, youth, and families who are currently within the Anglican community and with those of the wider community. This ministry is carried out by various task groups of the team including: the Diocesan Youth Conference (an annual event for youth aged 12-18), a Young Adult Retreat (an annual event for ages 19+), the Connect workshop series for youth ministry (Plans and facilitates training sessions offered in regions, parishes, and for diocesan youth events), and the Welcoming Families task group (Creates resources and provides support to parishes in ensuring that families are fully included in the life of the church, and works to ensure that diocesan policies support the involvement of parents in diocesan life.) In addition to these ongoing groups the VSST also visions and plans for new opportunities such as the return of the Community Roots camps, creating safe and inclusive spaces in the Church, social justice and advocacy work, and assisting groups navigate resources for leaders in parishes.
Rev. Kristin MacKenzie is rector of the Parish of Liscomb Port Bickerton and Priest in Charge of the Parish of Three Harbours. She was appointed team lead of the Youth and Family Ministry VSST in the spring of 2021, previous to this she has taken part and led in youth and family based such as the Diocesan Youth Conference (DYC), the Canadian Lutheran Anglican Youth Conference (CLAY), the Young Adult Retreat, as well as parish based ministries in these areas. She lives in Sherbrooke with husband, Mike, their son Samuel, as well as two amazing cats Scout and Magnificat.
Allie Colp is the Youth and Family Ministry Coordinator for the Diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. Allie has a Bachelor of Environmental Science, with a major in Environmental Biology, and integrates that knowledge and passion for the environment into much of her ministry. She lives in Amherst with her husband, Will, and their son, Simeon, and she spends much of her free time sewing clothes for her family.
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