Revamped website for youth is prettier, packed with resources

After some spring tidying, the new Canadian Anglican youth website is making its debut. The site is thoroughly freshened up, with new content and a sleeker, cleaner design.

“It’s much easier to navigate,” said Judy Steers, coordinator of youth initiatives, “and we know what people want. Most of the readers on the site are young adults from 18 to 25 and youth leaders of all ages looking for ideas and resources, so we are tailoring the content to meet the needs of those folks.”

The site offers ministry ideas, film and music reviews, academic articles, and tons more. But don’t worry if you’re outside of the demographic: there’s plenty for older and younger, including the popular humour files (with its cavalcade of bad nativities).

A young editorial staff is behind the dynamic site. Heather Pearson (Guelph, Ont.) writes about camping ministry and justice issues related to the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund. Matthew Reszitnyk (Sault St. Marie, Ont.) covers music, worship, and local youth events. Allison Boone (St. John’s, Nfld.) looks at hot topics like bullying and poverty through a faith lens. Ms. Steers is also in the mix, finding new resources for youth ministers and sharing thoughts on how to live out faith.

Youth leaders are already praising the site. One young minister from the Diocese of Huron emailed to say she’s downloaded a story that she will use for her Bible study and discussion. Another from the Diocese of Ontario said she’s excited to be working her way through all the resources. Still another wrote, “It is a reminder that we’re not alone.”

So visit, read, digest, and contribute, either by posting a comment, or getting in touch with your own ideas for this important church ministry hub.

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