Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina

Formation Ministers

Quarterly Meetings

Formation Ministers, paid or unpaid, lay or ordained, meet once a quarter for fellowship, training, resource sharing and worship. Meetings occur in formation spaces in local congregations. Please check the Calendar link above or the Youth Formation Calendar for dates and locations of meetings. Formation ministers should bring their lunch to the meeting. For more information, contact Jimmy Hartley by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 803-771-7800 x 104

Upcoming Youth Events

EDUSC Christian Formation Conference 2017, cosponsored with The Episcopal Church in South Carolina 
January 21, 2017
Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, Columbia, SC

Ongoing Children/Youth Events

A)  Children's Events

The Diocese will hold two events for children during the 2016-17 school year:

1.  Children and Youth Convention Activites
Location:  St. John's, Columbia, SC
icon Flyer: 94th Diocesan Convention - Youth Programming 2016
Event Date:  November 5, 2016 (Note:  This is not an overnight retreat therefore chaperones are not required.)
Registration Deadline:  October 21, 2017
Register for the 94th Diocesan Convention

2.  5th Grade Bridge Retreat
Location:  Camp Gravatt, Aiken, SC
icon Flyer: 5th Grade Bridge Retreat 2017
Event Date:  May 20-21, 2017
Registration Deadline:  April 28, 2017
Register for the 2017 5th Grade Bridge Retreat
Design Team Application Deadline:  Feburary 24, 2017
icon Design Team Application: 5th Grade Bridge Retreat 2017

B) Middle School Events

The Diocese will hold two events for Middle School students (grades 6-8) during the 2016-17 school year:

1.  Children and Youth Convention Activites
Location:  St. John's, Columbia, SC
icon Flyer: 94th Diocesan Convention - Youth Programming 2016
Event Date:  November 5, 2016 (Note:  This is not an overnight retreat therefore chaperones are not required.)
Registration Deadline:  October 21, 2017
Register for the 94th Diocesan Convention

2.  New Begninnings 
Location:  Camp Gravatt, Aiken, SC
icon Flyer: New Beginnings 2017
Event Date:  April 28-30, 2017
Registration Deadline:  April 7, 2017
Register for the 2017 New Beginnings Retreat
Design Team Application Deadline:  February 24, 2017
icon Design Team Application: New Beginnings 2017

C)  High School Events

The Diocese will hold four events for  High School students (grades 9-12) during the 2016-17 school year:

1.  SMASH! - Passed 

2.  Children and Youth Convention Activites
Location:  St. John's, Columbia, SC
icon Flyer: 94th Diocesan Convention - Youth Programming 2016
Event Date:  November 5, 2016 (Note:  This is not an overnight retreat therefore chaperones are not required.)
Registration Deadline:  October 21, 2017
Register for the 94th Diocesan Convention

3.  Happening #76 
Location:  Gravatt Conference Center, Aiken, SC
icon Flyer: Happening #76 (2016)
For Youth in Grades 10-12
Event Date:  November 18-20, 2016
Candidate Registration Deadline:  Passed
Staff Application Deadline:  Passed
Reunion Date:  January 7, 2017 from 10:00am - noon at All Saints' Episcopal Church in Clinton, SC

4.  Happening #77 
Location:  Gravatt Conference Center, Aiken, SC
icon Flyer: Happening #77 (2017)
For Youth in Grades 10-12
Event Date:  March 17-19, 2017
Candidate Registration Deadline:  February 24, 2017
Register for Happening #77
Staff Application Deadline:  January 20, 2017
Staff Application for Happening #77
icon Happening #77 Staff Information
Renuion Date:  April 30, 2017, from 10:00am - noon at All Saints' Episcopal Church in Clinton, SC 

Other Resources

Safe Church Training Required for All Adult Chaperones
For all diocesan youth events, all adult chaperones are required to have completed Safe Church Training. To schedule a Safe Church Training session at your congregation and for upcoming Safe Church Training Dates, please see our Safe Church Training page.

Youth Formation Resources
For formation resources for youth, please see our Resources Page. Additional resources will be added continually as available.

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  • Leadership Day
  • Dean Timothy Jones of Trinity Cathedral
  • The Rev. Dr. James Farwell
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  • 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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