Diocese of Georgia Youth ProgramsFebruary 2014
In This Issue
New Beginnings
Spring Rally
Episcopal Youth Event
Lent Madness
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Something Contemplative for Lent
Here are two different links to ideas for Lenten prayer stations. Consider taking some time with your youth group or by yourself to slow down and pray this Lenten season.

Here is a link to 5 "Rest Stops" for giving teens the space they need to go where the Holy Spirit may be drawing them.
Click here for a link to 13 prayer stations including a wailing wall, journaling, rest, and time.  
Register Now!  New Beginnings is in two weeks.
Who: Young People in 7th-9th grade
What's the cost: $112.00
When:  March 28-30
Where: Honey Creek 
Why:  This weekend is designed specifically to address the things that youth in grades 7th-9th grades face.  Youth get to spend an awesome weekend at camp singing, praying, and playing.  The weekend is lead by mostly teenagers, with a few adult and two clergy spiritual directors. 


New Beginnings Participant Application

Spring Rally: Be Who Christ is Calling You to Be!

A retreat with a leadership component, Spring Rally offers music, worship, self- discovery, and fellowship.  Young people not only learn more about being who Christ is calling them to be, but they are also given resources that increase their leadership skills to help them  lead both diocesan youth events and events at their home parishes.  Attendees participate in workshops ranging from planning and playing games, leading prayer, facilitating small groups, and event planning to understanding Episcopal Church governance.  These new skill-sets will give participants opportunities to take leadership roles in Youth Programs during the 2014-2015 school year.  Come for an amazing weekend of worship, singing, talks, games, and workshops!  Leave being spirit-filled with new skills, new friends and new opportunities to serve.


Spring Rally is an established, traditional diocesan event that is being re-branded and given a new identity.   Held at Honey Creek, the retreat is for youth in grades 6-12; cost is $114.50.


Register for the Episcopal Youth Event

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

Who: Youth currently in high school

What's the Cost: No more than $450.*

When: July 8-13, 2014

Where: Philadelphia, PA

Why go:  EYE is the largest gathering of Youth in the Episcopal Church and it only happens once every three years.  Our bishop and the Presiding Bishop will be at this event along with hundreds of youth.  Come for an amazing trip with awesome worship, music, games, speakers, and workshops.  

*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 


Get Caught up in Lent Madness!
The competition is moving along at www.lentmadness.org, the online contest that pits saint against saint in an ongoing showdown toward Easter. The format is straightforward: 32 saints are placed into a tournament-like single elimination bracket. Each pairing remains open for a set period of time and people vote for their favorite saint. 16 saints make it to the Round of the Saintly Sixteen; eight advance to the Round of the Elate Eight; four make it to the Faithful Four; two to the Championship; and the winner is awarded the coveted Golden Halo. The first round consists of basic biographical information about each of the 32 saints. Things get a bit more interesting in the subsequent rounds as we offer quotes and quirks, explore legends, and even move into the area of saintly kitsch. Check out the website and vote with reckless abandon!

Youth gathered at Trinity, Statesboro for their Wednesday program - Lent as Enlightenment. For their First Wednesday in Lent the group learned about Judaism with Dr. Rachel Schwartz. 
Clean Up
After worship at Good Shepherd Augusta this past Sunday, 35 students and parents met at Pendleton King Park for a service project and a cookout. Students spent the morning removing debris and helping with clean-up from the ice storm.  
Mixing It Up and Dishing It Out
Youth from Christ Church Valdosta cook pancakes for their pancake supper.
Savannah Convocation Youth Event  
This Sunday 
at St. Thomas Isle of Hope
Teens from Episcopal Churches in and around Savannah will gather this Sunday from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at St. Thomas Isle of Hope. If you are in grades 6-12, come on out and bring a friend or two (they don't even have to be Episcopalians). Savannah Convocation Youth Event (SCYE) is bringing a little bit of Honey Creek to Savannah. Come enjoy music, games, fellowship, food and a special message with all the Episcopal Youth in Savannah.
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