Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina

Youth Formation and Mission

Youth Ministry 2014 COLOR smallerThe Diocese of Upper South Carolina seeks "To Know, Grow, and Sow the Love of Christ" among youth through events offered for young people in grades 5-12. Diocesan events are held in various locations and are open to all youth and their friends. Each of these events, while focused on a specific age group and theme or program, is designed to deepen the spiritual development and the leadership skills of the participants. All youth events are designed and led by youth with adult supervision and clergy input. Our policies and procedures for our youth events may be found in our FAQS document. Churches are required to provide Safe Church trained, background checked chaperones for all retreats, except Happening. Click the button below to find out more about these formative events. Please note that fees for youth retreats and events are non-refundable after the event's registration deadline. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by email or phone: 803-771-7800 x104.

For Important Dates and Deadlines on Youth Retreats, Youth Design Team Meetings, DYLC Application Deadlines, DYLC Orientation and other Youth Event Dates, please click +HERE to view the EDUSC Diocesan Calendar.

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 Youth and Adults Invited to Apply for DYLC 2018-2019

Youth retreats in the Diocese of Upper South Carolina are planned by the Diocesan Youth Leadership Committee (DYLC). This group of high school youth and adults from throughout the Diocese assist in the creation and implementation of youth events and help in setting the policies and procedures for governing them. Applications for DYLC are accepted during the Spring semester of each school year. We are particularly seeking representation from congregations not currently represented on DYLC. The application is available here: icon DYLC 2018-2019 Application Form.  Application and reference deadline for the 2018-19 school year is April 3rd, 2018. For more information, contact Jimmy Hartley at 803-771-7800 x104 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



Happening #79 (March 16-18, 2018)

Click +HERE for list of Candidates, Staff and GIC for Happening #79.

Happening #79 Candidate Registration (Registration Deadline: Februrary 24, 2018)

Happening #79, for Youth in Grades 10-12, is being held from March 16-18, 2018 at Gravatt Conference Center.  Further information on how to register for both staff and candidates will be posted here soon.

To complete your Happening #79 Staff Application (due no later than January 16th, 2018), please click here:

Happening #79 Staff Application Registration 

Additional Happening #79:

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icon Happening 79 Fact Sheet
icon Staff Information Sheet #79 (updated 1/4/18)
icon Sponsor Letter Happening 79

New Beginnings (April 13-15, 2018)

Register for New Beginings Here  Registration Deadline: March 27th

New Beginnings is a retreat for Youth in 6th to 8th grades from April 13-15, 2018 at Camp Gravatt and is an opportunity for begin the Spring with God, with Self, with Others, and with Creation. 

(Design Team Applications are due January 12th, 2018)

icon New Beginnings Design Team Application 2018
icon New Beginnings Flyer 2018   

5th Grade Bridge Retreat (April 28-29, 2018)

Register for 5th Grade Bridge Retreat Here   Registration Deadline: April 8th

The 5th Grade Bridge Retreat is for rising 6th graders to look at the changes ahead in middle school, both in your church and other communities.  This 24 hour retreat is being held at Camp Gravatt from April 28-29, 2018.  (Design Team Applications are due February 12, 2018)

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July 25-28, 2018
Cost: $150
Registration Deadline: March 14, 2018

icon PYE 2018: For Peace - Registration

 In 2018, Province IV Youth Ministries and the Diocese of Atlanta will be hosting the Province IV Youth Event, PYE 2018: For Peace. We will join together to experience the Presence of God in the world. There will be other service partners added as we move closer to PYE 2018. Each will present an opportunity to serve and be served by God's people. This will be an incredible week of service that provides youth and adults with the opportunity to live into Peace and where God calls us to serve and be served by others.

All high schoolers are invited to attend PYE 2018. Registration is available online. Each Diocese is allotted 5 youth and 2 chaperones - we may have more slots available after the initial deadline of March 14. 

Service Work

Our service partners:

* Church of the Common Ground - Serving breakfast, leading morning prayer, and working at the foot clinic
* Holy Comforter - Serving in their kitchen and in the community garden
* Smart Kid Smart Lunch - Building and delivering lunches to children on assisted school lunch programs
* Midtown Assistance Center - Working with clients, making lunches, and data entry
* Atlanta Community Foodbank - Volunteering in the Disaster Relief Center and loading donations for delivery

Evening Program

After serving for the day, we spend part of the evening reflecting on our experience. As part of this year's PYE 2018, we have invited Posts for Peace to be a part of the reflection. We will dive into PEACE and share ideas of how we can be instruments of peace within Atlanta, at home, and the world. Using 6 ft posts, we will create works of art that will be displayed across the country in an effort to raise awareness and stimulate conversation leading to peace and resolving injustice. You can find more information at postsforpeaceandjustice.org.

Where We Stay

All participants stay in the youth space of All Saints' Atlanta for the week. This is state-of-the-art youth space that has a basketball court, movie screen, pool tables, ping pong tables, kitchen, showers, and ample sleeping space. Each participant will need to bring an air mattress/cot and their sleeping bags, towels & pillows. PYE 2018 will compile with The Episcopal Church's "Safeguarding God's People" Policies 2018. The space is monitored at night by on-site security. An alarm is set at curfew.


Click +HERE for Gateway to Grace Youth Ministry Event

  • Bishop Waldo Calls to Order
  • Bishop Greg Rickel on Stewardship
  • Leadership Day
  • Dean Timothy Jones of Trinity Cathedral
  • The Rev. Dr. James Farwell
  • Ms. Terri Mathes
  • Closing Plenary Before Evensong
  • Bill Hunter of the Advent Shoppe
  • Christ Church Before Evensong
  • Gravatt Booth
  • Thompson Booth
  • Canterbury Booth
  • Sewanee Booth
  • Business Day
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