Diocese of Georgia Youth ProgramsApril 2014 - Lent VI
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4-foot Man Eating Chicken
Savannah Convocation
Youth Presence
Lent Madness Update
Summer Camp
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Easter Egg Hunts?  How can we make them more meaningful?

Rev. Rebecca Nelson Edwards and folks at Good Samaritan came up with one strategy to add meaning to Easter egg hunts.   They revamped there egg hunt to focus on outreach.  This event can involve children young and old.  

4 Foot Man-Eating Chicken Little Rascals
4 Foot Man Eating Chicken 
Ladies and Gentleman, Boys and Girls,
come if you dare 
to Spring Rally! 
Spring Rally will be at Honey Creek, April 25-27.  All 6th-12th graders and there youth leaders are welcome to attend this event.  The cost is 114.50, which includes all meals, lodging, activities, and a t-shirt. 
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 two weeks a way.
What about the 4 foot-man eating chicken?
Can you juggle, sing a song, play the plastic spoons, eat chicken, tell a joke, or preform a funny skit?  Then come on out to Spring Rally, April 25-27.  There will be a talent show on Saturday night! 

Sewanee Mission Trip and Pilgrimage 
When is the trip:
June 23-30, 2014
Who is leading the trip?
The Rev. Joshua Varner of St. Patrick's Pooler is the lead coordinator on the trip.  The Rev. Helen White of All Saints Tybee and Misty Graham of St. Thomas Savannah are also chaperoning.
Who can go on the trip?  
The trip is open to youth who are currently in 9th through 12th grades.
Are there people signed up for this trip?  
Yes, there are 5 confirmed people, and several more that have begun conversation with Joshua. 
When is the deadline to sign up?
Youth must sign-up and a down payment into Joshua no later than May 16.  Contact him at jvarner75@gmail.com  to let him know you are interested.
Who will we work with during the Mission Trip portion of this experience?
The group will be working with the Community Action Committee at Otey Parrish in Sewanee.  
What pilgrimage oriented activities will we do?
A few days of the trip will be set aside for a pilgrimage experience.  This portion of the trip will be based on around rest and play.  The group will have opportunities for unstructured down time, intended to help high schoolers have a chance to just be and to unplug for a bit.  The group will also hike on the amazing trail system surrounding the area, and participate in other outdoor adventures. 
The next Savannah Convocational Youth Event is 3 days away!  
Come and join the Savannah Convocation Youth Sunday, April 13  from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at St. Peter's on Skidaway Island.

Vision, Plan, and Create a Strong Youth Presence

Many of our local congregations asks, "What can we do to get youth and young families into our doors?"  The Diocese and Youth Presence Ministries  are hosting a series of workshops to help congregations figure out what their youth ministry might look like and how to build or strengthen it.  YP Ministries and our diocesan staff believe that youth ministry is different in every place and possible in every place.  Come journey with the Diocese and YP Ministries as we help local congregations vision, plan, and create a stronger youth presence in their church.


Whether your church is looking to start a youth program or has one already, all congregations are encourage to come to this workshop series.  Don't get caught asking, "What can we do to get youth and young families into our doors?"  Come.  Take Action.  Participate in the Youth Presence Ministry workshops.  The first workshops are on visioning.  The will be hosted in May and June.


Participants will leave the Visioning Workshop with a:  

  • Plan for developing a youth presence in their congregation
  • List of four priorities on which to focus their efforts
  • Set of goals to accomplish in 90 days and then in 6 months


Phase One: Visioning Training Schedule 

May 16 -17 - St. Anne's, Tifton

May 30-31 - Flowing Wells Property, Augusta

June 6-7 - Bishop's Hall, Honey Creek*

 *lodging at HC available at additional cost if needed


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If you have any questions don't hesitate to reach out to Elizabeth Burns, Missioner for Youth.  Elizabeth can be reached at 912-236-4279 (office), 912-656-9905 (cell) or at eburns@gaepiscopal.org.  She is very passionate about this partnership and would love to take time to answer questions and help you decide if this program is right for you and your church.  



Remember to let Elizabeth know if your parish is interested.

The deadline to register is May 2.


Got Something to Share? 
Please send in pictures, youth group games and activities, and stories to Elizabeth Burns at eburns@gaepiscopal.org 

 Our summer camp Olympics are intense.


Reserve your spot at honeycreek.org 

Calendar at a Glance

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

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