Diocese of Georgia Youth ProgramsMay 2014
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Still Time to Register for Happening
Happening #93 will be held at Honey Creek May 30-June 1, 2014, and is open to those in grades 10 - 12. This will be the last Happening of 2014


Katie Wisenbaker from Christ Church, Valdosta will serve as Rector and Rachel Robinson from St. Paul's, Savannah will
serve as Observing Rector. During a Happening weekend, participants worship, play, sing, and talk about God's place in their lives. They make new friends who share similar concerns and questions - a reassuring discovery. A teenager who serves as "rector" leads the weekend with the help of a staff consisting mostly of young people. Some staff members give challenging talks, after which there's time for discussion and activity. Together, the staff and participants share in an exploration of the impact of Christian faith in their daily lives. Happeners who attend a weekend for their first time are called "Candidates." To be a Candidate, one must:
  • Have completed the 9th grade and have not begun college.
  • Fill out the application:
    Candidate Application for Happening #93

The fee for this Happening is $95, and financial assistance is available. For more information, please visit the Georgia Happening website. 


Happening #93 Participant Application 

Youth Presence
Meetings Upcoming in Savannah and Augusta
Want something more happening for youth in your church? Get some adults to the upcoming Youth Presence Meetings and we will help you get the ball rolling.
The first session as a part of bringing Youth Presence to the Diocese of Georgia took place at St. Anne's, Tifton, this past weekend (pictured here and below). Adult volunteers worked on a unique vision for youth ministry that fits their church and their community. Teams attending the Tifton workshop left with a plan of action. Al Armstrong, a lay leader at St. Patrick's, Albany said of this first workshop, "Youth Presence Ministries took this monumental task and broke it down into something doable and practical." 
Leslie Dellenbarger of St. John's Bainbridge said that she felt inspired by the session, adding that "Youth Presence feels less daunting than before the workshop." For each congregation the program goals and plan will vary depending on the church and its community. This same visioning session will be repeated May 30-31 in Augusta and finally June 6-7 in Savannah. There is still time for any congregation in the Diocese to put together a team for either of these workshops, but time is running out to register. If you are interested, contact our Missioner for Youth, Elizabeth Burns, at eburns@gaepiscopal.org
About Youth Presence
 It is the belief of Youth Presence Ministry that Youth Ministry is different in every place and possible in every place. The programs offered will focuses on the local congregation and their unique setting, circumstances, challenges, and hopes for the future. This model also fosters church growth by the presence and interface of young people in their midst. For more information, click here for a PDF: Youth Ministries Overview

About the Workshops
All Congregations wishing to participate should try to send at least six participants to the workshops. The workshops will be held Friday from 6p.m.-9p.m. and Saturday from 8:30a.m.-3:30p.m. These participants should be people who are passionate about creating a youth presence in your church community.They don't have to be the adult youth leaders. At the vision workshop, they will be given skill to help find these people. Participants must commit to coming to the training sessions and, most importantly, working to implement the vision plan in the congregation. 

Family Day and SCYE Nites in Savannah 
Savannah Convocation Youth Event hosted a Family Day at St. Patrick's, Pooler, on May 10 with games, water activities, singing, and more. Here are some photos of the fun. 
This summer there will be SCYE NITES from 5:30-7:30PM for all 6th-12th Grades (and Graduated Seniors). These will meet on June 22 at St. Matthew's, Savannah, and on July 13 at St. Francis of the Islands on Wilmington Island in Savannah.  

High School Seniors being honored at Christ Church, Valdosta.


Photos of Youth Around the Diocese

Confirmation at St. Paul's, Albany. 

Sunday, May 11 was the second Youth Sunday of the year at St. Anne's, Tifton, and the day the congregation recognized their graduating seniors.

Youth Pastor, Hughes McGlone, honors the high school seniors during the Sunday service at Holy Comforter, Martinez.

 The elementary/middle school swim party at Christ Church, Valdosta.


The 1st-3rd grade class made sheep cupcakes during a 'Wednesday Body and Soul' class at All Saints', Thomasville.

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

 Lifelong relationships made here.


Reserve your spot for Summer Camp at honeycreek.org 

Calendar at a Glance

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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