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The Vine is a community for youth in 6th-12th grade and a collaborative ministry of the Episcopal churches in Erie County. The Vine will meet twice a month for dinner, conversation, activities, and prayer. Service, outreach, and mission will also be incorporated during the year, as well as overnights and social events.

A theme has been set in place to focus our conversations and purpose. This year The Vine will focus on the theme of community. During the fall, we will look at the communities of the church and our role in them. In the spring, we will explore the communities that we are a part of outside the church and our role in them. We will also begin preparing for our summer missions.

Plans are underway for two mission opportunities during the summer of 2015. Middle School students, those in 6th-8th grade, will have the opportunity to do local mission work within our diocese or in a neighboring diocese. High School students, those in 9th-12th grade, will have the opportunity to do domestic mission work in another diocese. Currently, we are exploring mission opportunities in Boston, MA. More information will be available at a later date. In order to take part in our summer missions, students must attend at least half of The Vine meetings throughout the year. As we move forward, meetings will incorporate preparation for these missions.

The Vine is meant to be a safe and loving community for all youth. We ask that all our members be respectful toward one another. Bullying, harassment, and violent behavior toward any member of The Vine will not be tolerated. We also ask that youth bring their whole selves to each Vine meeting and event. Come prepared to worship, learn, and engage in the activities planned for the evening or the event. Come prepared to develop and strengthen your relationship with others and with God.

For more information and to see a schedule of Vine events, click here.

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