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.

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Happening Reunion at St. Lukes, Newberry on January 27, 2018, from 10 am - 12 noon
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Smash High School Retreat (Feb. 23-25, 2018)

Smash is an event being held for High School Youth at Camp Bob, Kanuga from Friday, February 23-25, 2018.  The theme for this year's Smash Retreat is Mark 8:31-38, focusing on reconciliation and new life.

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Register for SMASH Here:  Smash 2018 Registration

(Registration Deadline: February 5th)

Happening #79 (March 16-18, 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)
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 Happening #79 Candidate Registration (Registration Deadline: Februrary 24, 2018)

New Beginnings (April 13-15, 2018)

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)

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Register for New Beginings Here  Registration Deadline: March 27th

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

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

icon Youth Ministry 2017-2018 Events Calendar sets out dates and locations for all Youth Events, and individual Youth Events Flyers will continue to be posted on this page.  Please check back for new postings, and if you need additional information, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.

 Youth and Adults Invited to Apply for DYLC

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 Application 2017-18.  Application and reference deadline for the 2018-19 school year is March 27th, 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..






  • 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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