Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina

Youth Formation and Mission


The 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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Youth Ministry Community Covenant Updated 2019 +HERE

2018-2019 Youth Ministry School Year Events Flyer +HERE 

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


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 NOW OPEN - Click +HERE  to Register (Registration Deadline is February 4, 2019)


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 7, 2019  Clcik for Staff Application

Staff Application site +HERE

Candidate & Staff Registration Deadline is February 25, 2019

Candidate & Staff Registration site +HERE

Happening #81 Staff* Application  (NOW OPEN!)

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Be Unconventional (BU): April 5-7, 2019 
Register for BU +HERE

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. 

Register for BU+HERE (Deadline is March 23, 2019)


5th Grade Bridge Retreat: April 27-28, 2019
Register +HERE  Registration Deadline April 8, 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.”

icon 5th Grade Design Team Application 2019 (Deadline for Application is February 25, 2019)

Register +HERE  Registration Deadline April 8, 2019


Youth and Adults Invited to Apply for DYLC 2019-2020

DYLC Orientation for 2019-2020 Year
May 17-19, 2019
6pm Friday to 12pm Sunday
Location: The Bishop Gravatt Center

Deadline for 2019-2020 DYLC Applications is April 8, 2019

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.). 



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.



  • 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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