Diocese of Georgia Youth ProgramsFebruary 2014
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Living the Story
Doing a Jig for Camp
Youth Summit
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Ahhh!  LENT has STARTED.

If lent were a snake would it have bit you?  Ash Wednesday has passed already.  Are you still deciding what to give up for lent?  Below is a link with some interesting ideas.

Email Elizabeth what you gave up or took on for Lent, and she will post a collection in a lenten issue.  During Lent, Elizabeth will be taking on the task of publishing News from the DoG House weekly.

Register for the Episcopal Youth Event

The Diocese is going to the Episcopal Youth Event (EYE) in Philadelphia, PA!


After careful consideration of the busy schedules and financial constraints of our high school students, the Diocesan trip to EYE has been scaled back.  The trip will take place on July 8-13, 2014.   The Diocese will cover the cost of registration.  The group will fly up to PA.  Participants will be responsible for their cost of transportation.   It is expected to be no more than $450.


Elizabeth Burns needs to have all registrations into the larger Episcopal Church by March 15.  Therefore, you must register by March 14 at NOON, no exception.

Register Here 


Click here for more information on EYE
Doing the Happy Dance for Camp

Lots of campers have already signed up for camp!  Honey Creek Executive Director Dade Brantley promised on Facebook that he would ask Summer Camp Director Elizabeth Burns to dance a jig to Let It Go, the song from Disney's movie Frozen if we exceeded targets for camp registration by Friday's early bird deadline. Campers came through with the registrations.  In fact we had 33 campers register in 5 days! Below, we share with the joy Elizabeth had when registrations flooded in.

Celebrating Honey Creek Summer Camp
Celebrating Honey Creek Summer Camp


New Beginnings This March at Honey Creek
New Beginnings will take place during the weekend of March 28-30, 2014 at Honey Creek. New Beginnings is a weekend retreat for teenagers in grades 7-9 led by a team of mostly teenagers, with a few adults, and two clergy spiritual directors. The weekend takes participants through a discovery about ourselves, our friends, our families, our faith, and how to live out our faith in our daily lives.   

New Beginnings Staff Application


New Beginnings Participant Application

5 Lenten Practices for Families

Now until April 20th is a season of preparation for the coming of Jesus at Easter. Traditionally, Lent is used as a time to "cleanse the soul" and "make peace" with your neighbor and yourself before entering into Easter festivities.

But with 40 days committed to such personal growth, how are we to honor that preparation as families? Ultimately, you will decide of course, but below are my top 5 practices I've seen and experienced to make yours a Holy Lent.

1. Commit to community. Commit as a family to eat specific meals together during the week. For instance, commit to eating Sunday dinner together each week until Easter, or that you will eat 3 dinners together each week. If you already eat together regularly, good for you! Maybe, everyone could for cook as a team once a week?

2. Practice forgiveness. At one meal each week, ask each member of your family to name one person or event they would like to forgive, or name something for which they would seek forgiveness from another family member. This can be a good time to get things off our chests, and nothing feels better than a light heart. If forgiveness is not going to work? Then swap that out for a 3C night: each person gives three compliments to each family member one night a week, based on what happened the previous week.

3. Pray. Grab an old jar and some sharpies and make a "Prayer Jar." The act of decorating it could be fun by itself, but for this practice, we want our families to be used to the idea of praying regularly. Set some post-its or small cards by the jar, and each morning/evening everyone writes or draws a picture of one person/place/thing/event they are praying for that day. Make this a daily ritual, and watch attitudes change.

4. Give up or take on something together. As someone who is constantly fighting weight gain and loss, I know how difficult it can be to try and cut out sweets or junk food when there is still that package of Oreo's in the cupboard, or ice cream in the box. If you want to eat healthier, why not take that on as a family for Lent? Or how about less TV/video games/electronics for Lent? Or grab a favorite children's book from your childhood and spend 10 minutes before bedtime reading it out loud together. (Winnie the Pooh was always my favorite) Set one goal as a family and reach it.

5. Serve together. Go through the house on cleaning days and spring clean your way to a big Red Cross donation. Clear the clutter for a good cause by deciding what you NEED versus what you HAVE. Don't need it? Then find a home for it with someone who would. Or, designate a day for you as a family to volunteer somewhere, or clean the church, or plan and execute a RAK attack. RAK's (Random Acts of Kindness) are pretty stellar ways to help our fellow pilgrims.

So there you go, five good ways to get into the Lenten Journey. If you want more ideas, or help planning some special family night or event, drop me a line, and I'll gladly help.

Hoping you have a holy Lent,

Roger Speer
Children and Youth Minister
St. Luke's, Rincon

Youth Groups Around the Diocese in Photos

Youth are serving up the good stuff at St. Anne's Tifton (above) and St. Thomas Isle of Hope, Savannah (below)



 Cornerstone: Augusta met last Sunday settled down at the end of their time together for engaging Lenten lessen. 

Calendar at a Glance 

March 28-29
7th-9th grade
Honey Creek

April 25-27
6th-12th grade
Honey Creek

May 30-June 1
10th- 12th grade
Honey Creek

3rd-12th grade
Honey Creek

June 23-30
9th-12th grade
Sewanee, TN
June 24-28
6th-8th grade
Wilmington, NC

July 8-13
9th-12th grade
Philadelphia, PA