Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina

Youth Formation and Mission

Youth Logo 2018-19 Blue YellowThe 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. 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 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by email or phone at 803-771-7800 x105.

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2018-2019 Youth Ministry School Year Events Flyer +HERE 

2018-2019 Calendar of Youth Formation and Ministry Dates and Events +HERE 

 


Sr. High Converge: September 22-23, 2018
6pm Saturday to 12pm on Sunday 
Location: Christ Church, Greenville 

                                                                  

Grades 9-12 will get together for an awesome overnight retreat at Christ Church, Greenville, with the theme being Mark 9:35 – “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.”

Registration Deadline is September 5, 2019

Registration site will be +HERE soon! (Check back 2 months before Registration Deadline) 


Happening #80: November 16-18, 2018
5:30pm Friday to 4pm Sunday
Location: The Bishop Gravatt Center, Aiken

                 

Happening is a Christian experience, presented by teenagers, intended to renew the Christian Church in the power of the Holy Spirit, so that the church may more readily respond to its call to spread the Kingdom of God throughout the world.

Staff Application Deadline is September 17, 2018

Staff Application site will be +HERE soon! (Check back 2 months before Application deadline)

Candidate & Staff Registration Deadline is October 29, 2018

Candidate & Staff Registration site will be +HERE soon! (Check back 2 months before Retreat)  


Middle School Converge: December 8-9, 2018 
6pm Saturday to 12pm Sunday 
Location: Trinity Cathedral, Columbia

                

Grades 6-8 will get together for an exciting overnight retreat at Trinity Cathedral, Columbia, with the theme being John 3:1 – “The voice of one crying out in the wilderness.”

Registration Deadline is November 19, 2018

Registration site will be +HERE soon (Check back 2 months before Retreat)  


SMASH- Sr. High Retreat: February 22-24, 2019
6pm Friday to 12pm Sunday
Location: Camp Bob, Kanuga

                

So Many Amazing Spiritual Humans will enjoy a weekend discovery of their relationship with Christ and with their neighbors through fun and excitement! This event is for Grades 9-12. The theme of this retreat is Luke 6:31 – “Do to others as you would have them do to you.”

Registration Deadline is February 4, 2019

Registration site will be +HERE soon! (Check back 2 months before Retreat) 


Happening #81: March 15-17, 2019
5:30pm Friday to 4pm Sunday
Location: The Bishop Gravatt Center, Aiken

                

Happening is a Christian experience, presented by teenagers, intended to renew the Christian Church in the power of the Holy Spirit, so that the church may more readily respond to its call to spread the Kingdom of God throughout the world.

Staff Application Deadline is January 17, 2019

Staff Application site will be +HERE soon! (Check back 2 months before Application deadline)

Candidate & Staff Registration Deadline is February 25, 2019

Candidate & Staff Registration site will be +HERE soon! (Check back 2 months before Retreat) 


Be Unconventional (BU): April 5-7, 2019
6pm Friday to 12pm Sunday
Location: The Bishop Gravatt Center, Aiken

                

Be Unconventional is a middle school retreat for youth in Grades 6-8 from April 5-7, 2019 at The Bishop Gravatt Center and is an opportunity for beginning the Spring with God, with Self, with Others, and with Creation. 

Registration Deadline is March 18, 2019

Registration site will be +HERE soon! (Check back 2 months before Retreat)


5th Grade Bridge Retreat: April 27-28, 2019
11:30am Saturday to 12pm Sunday
Location: The Bishop Gravatt Center, Aiken

                

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.  The theme of this retreat is Psalm 118:23: “This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.”

Design Team Applications will be +HERE soon and are due by February 25, 2019

Registration Deadline April 8, 2019

Registration site will be +HERE soon! (Check back 2 months before Retreat)


Youth and Adults Invited to Apply for DYLC 2019-2020

In The Diocese of Upper South Carolina, the Diocesan Youth Leadership Committee (DYLC) meet, brainstorm, and plan the youth retreats for the upcoming school year. 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 2019-2020 will be accepted between the dates of February 15 and April 8, 2019. We are particularly seeking representation from congregations not currently represented on DYLC. The application will be posted +HERE by February 15, 2019. The deadline for submitting your DYLC member application and reference letter(s) is April 8, 2019. New members and continuing members of DYLC for the 2019-2020 year will attend the mandatory DYLC Orientation Weekend scheduled for May 17-19, 2019. For more information, you may contact Jimmy Hartley at 803-771-7800 x104 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Julie Derrick at 803-771-7800 x105 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). 


 

PYE 2018: FOR PEACE

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

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 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

 

Happening #79 (March 16-18, 2018)

Click +HERE for list of Candidates, Staff and GIC for 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

  • 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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