Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina

Ongoing Youth Events

The Diocese has many events throughout the 2016-17 school year for children and youth.  Please click the individual events for further details including registration links, flyers, staff applications, and more.

For all ages:

For children:

For middle school youth:

For high school youth:

 

For all ages:

Acolyte Festival
The Acolyte Festival is regretfully canceled.
Location: Trinity Cathedral in Columbia, SC
Event Date: Saturday, October 22, 2016

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.)
Cost:  $5 per child or youth
Registration Deadline:  October 21, 2017
Register for the 94th Diocesan Convention

Nursery, children's program and youth program will be offered. Programming will be focused on the convention theme of Prayer, Worship and Dialogue. Activities will incorporate storytelling, crafts and music.

For Children:

5th Grade Bridge Retreat
Location:  Camp Gravatt, Aiken, SC
icon Flyer: 5th Grade Bridge Retreat 2017
Event Date:  May 20-21, 2017
Cost:  $80
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

The 5th Grade Bridge retreat, for rising 6th graders, will give you a look at the changes ahead in middle school, in your church or other communites. This 24-hour retreat will allow you to dip your toes into trusting God' presence within your changing lives!

Anyone who has attended a children or youth retreat in the Diocese of Upper South Carolina may apply to be on the 5th Grade Bridge Retreat Design Team. Additional information may be found on the Design Team application above.

For Middle School Youth:

New Beginnings 
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

This weekend retreat at Camp Gravatt for youth in grades 6 - 8 provides opportunities to build new relationships and renew old ones. The weekend draws youth into a deeper walk with Christ while exploring healthy relationships with God, self, others and creation. The fee includes dinner Friday through lunch on Sunday. Registration begins at 6:00 pm on Friday. The weekend ends at 1:00 pm on Sunday. To apply for the Design Team for this event, please see the application above. To learn more about New Beginnings read more on the New Beginnings page...

For High School Youth:

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

+  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

Happening is a weekend event at Camp Gravatt for youth in grades 10 - 12 which is focused on experiencing Christ's love and learning how to strenthen our relationships with Christ and each other. The weekend is structured on a program which is governed by the National Happening Committee. Each diocese with a Happening program develops its own local flavor and tradtions. Each weekend is basically the same program, with variations coming from the creativity of the members of the design team. A youth only "makes" one Happening, but can participate as a staff member at subsequent weekends. Churches may send as many candidates as they wish, but the diocese can only accept a total of 30 candidates per retreat. After attending Happening, Happeners become a part of the Happening family and are invited to Happening reunions, reunion groups and to sponsor Happening candidates. Learn more here...

 

 

Reflections on the 2014 EYE and PYE

The term “life-changing experience” seems arbitrarily defined; all experiences a person has, in one way or another, alter the course of life and bring new insight. I had pondered what exactly makes particular events standout over others in our minds, but I was mostly eager to see if such an event would occur. This July, that event finally came in the form of EYE and PYE 2014.

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Happening

 

 



 

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.

HAPPENING #81 STAFF APPLICATION NOW OPEN!  (Deadline January 7, 2019)

HAPPENING #81 CANDIDATE AND STAFF REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!  (Deadline February 25, 2019)

icon Sponsor Letter 81

icon Happening #81 Fact Sheet

icon Staff Information - Happening #81 

 

Happening #81 Attendees For Caritas:

Observing Rector Lipscomb Josh Greenville - St Peter's
Spiritual Director Byrd Father Fred Archdeacon Emeritus
Spiritual Director Cekuta Mtr. Nan North Augusta - St Bartholomew's
Spiritual Director Del Priore Dorian Columbia - Trinity Cathedral
Spiritual Director Higgins Teddy Batesburg, St Paul's
Spiritual Director Muir George Augusta, GA - St Paul's Church

  

Big Sister Harrison Ivey Greenville - Christ Church
Lay Rector Molly  Joseph Camden - Grace Church
Mom Schell Eileen Columbia - St John's
Observing Big Sister Hardaway Susan Anderson - St George's Church

 

Musical Director Schell Gordon Columbia - St John's

 

Youth Candidate Burkett Sophie Columbia - St John's
Youth Candidate Carter Job Rock Hill - Church of Our Saviour
Youth Candidate Donahue Lauren Simpsonville - Holy Cross
Youth Candidate Gardner Grace Gardner Greenville - St Peter's
Youth Candidate Gardner Isabella Gardner Greenville - St Peter's
Youth Candidate Helfgott William North Augusta - St Bartholomew's
Youth Candidate Henderson Wes Greenville - Christ Church
Youth Candidate Hill Nickolas Simpsonville - Holy Cross
Youth Candidate Hughes Margaret Ann Greenwood - Church of the Resurrection
Youth Candidate James Jimmy Greenville - St Peter's
Youth Candidate Jennings Caroline Simpsonville - Holy Cross
Youth Candidate Jones Emma Greenwood - Church of the Resurrection
Youth Candidate Littlejohn Charlotte Greenville - St James
Youth Candidate Maia Emilie North Augusta - St Bartholomew's
Youth Candidate Parry Natascha Simpsonville - Holy Cross
Youth Candidate Ponder Abbie Summerville, St Paul's
Youth Candidate Rose Charles Columbia - St John's
Youth Candidate Russell Dorothy Anna Greenwood - Church of the Resurrection
Youth Candidate Smith Claire Greenville - Christ Church
Youth Candidate Sterne  Fletcher  Columbia - St John's
Youth Candidate Till Grace Spartanburg - St Christopher's
Youth Candidate Wagner Logan Columbia - St John's
Youth Candidate Welch Jamison Columbia - St Martin's-in-the-Fields
Youth Candidate Yeargin  Daniel Waynesvillem NC - Grace Church in the Mountains
Youth Candidate Zimmerman Kenzie Columbia - St David's

 

Full Staff Black David North Augusta - St Bartholomew's
Full Staff Brewer Michelle Simpsonville - Holy Cross
Full Staff Burnett LucyGrace Columbia - Trinity Cathedral
Full Staff Cheek Alex Greenville - St Peter's
Full Staff Clark Peyton Simpsonville - Holy Cross
Full Staff Cooper Jackson North Augusta - St Bartholomew's
Full Staff Fleischer Isabella Columbia - St John's
Full Staff Gore Caden Greenville - St Peter's
Full Staff Griffin Caroline Greenville - St Peter's
Full Staff Kennedy Mary Camilla Greenville - Christ Church
Full Staff Kluttz James Greenville - St Peter's
Full Staff Lee Garrett Simpsonville - Holy Cross
Full Staff Morse Avery Greenville - St Peter's
Full Staff Mustian Parker Columbia - St John's
Full Staff Olmo John Irmo - St .Simon & St. Jude
Full Staff Putman Jessica Simpsonville - Holy Cross
Full Staff Putman Sharon Simpsonville - Holy Cross
Full Staff Stewart  Savannah Williston - Williston United Methodist
Full Staff Thompson Mark North Augusta - St Bartholomew's
Full Staff Whitehead Sara York - Church of the Good Shepherd

 

 

GIC Black Emma North Augusta - St Bartholomew's
GIC Brinson Hallie North Augusta - St Bartholomew's
GIC Cheek Owen Greenville - St Peter's
GIC Flack Hannah Greenville - Christ Church
GIC Hellams  Hayley  Simpsonville - Holy Cross
GIC Hug Leah Columbia - St John's
GIC Scalzitti Alinagrace Greenville - St Peter's
GIC Sherrer Nick Columbia - St John's
GIC Tapp Addie Columbia - Trinity Cathedral

 

Registration for Happening #81 is closed but please be sure to have completed the Medical and Congregational Release form below:

1.  Complete the online Happening Registration Form for the weekend they wish to attend. Registration link will be posted here soon.
2.  Email their scanned signed   icon Medical & Congregational Release 2019-20 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at least one week before the Happening weekend.  If you can also bring original with you to registration at Happening on Friday, March 15th, that would be good as well. 
3.  Secure a sponsor. Happening Candidates should be sponsored by someone who either (1) Has attended Happening, Vocare or Cursillo in the past, (2) Is a youth minister in the Diocese, or (3) Is a clergy person in the Diocese. Happening sponsors no longer need to complete a Happening Sponsor Form.

To apply for Happening staff, complete the online form when posted above.
 

HAPPENING STAFF 

Happening weekends are led by a Youth Rector and an Adult Big Brother/Sister. The Youth Rector, Big Brother/Sister, Past Youth Rector, Past Big Brother/Sister and the Canon for Christian Formation prayerfully choose the Observing Rector and provide suggestions for possible Observing Big Brother/Sister, though the choice for Observing Big Brother/Sister is ultimately the Observing Rectors with approval from the Canon with Christian Formation.

The Youth Rector, Adult Big Brother/Sister, and both Observing staff select the staff for their Happening with approval from the Canon for Christian Formation. The Happening Committee of DYLC has chosen the following policies in regards to Happening Staff:

  • Staff must be able to attend both staff meetings and the entire weekend.
  • Staff must complete their registration within one week after offered a position.
  • Youth staff must have attended Happening as a candidate and still be in high school.
  • Adult staff must be at least 22 years old, connected with an Episcopal congregation, be SAFE Church trained within the last 5 years, and background checked within the last year with no violation that would affect them serving with youth.
  • Staff must have completed the online application by the application deadline.
     

Because we do not have room to accept everyone who applies for staff, priority will be given to those youth who:

  • Were not selected to serve at the last Happening.
  • Have served on less than 2 staffs in a row.
  • Have served only on GIC.
  • Have specific gift, talents of skills needed for the weekend.
  • Participate in weekly worship, youth group and leadership in their local congregations.

CARITAS - If you wish to send Caritas to the candidates for Happening, please send or deliver them to the Diocesan House at 1115 Marion Street, Columbia, SC 29201, or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Candidates and Staff for Happening are listed above for Happening #81.

 


 

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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 

This weekend retreat for 6-8 grade youth provides opportunities to build new relationships and renew old ones. The weekend draws youth into a deeper walk with Christ while exploring healthy relationships with God, self, others and creation. There is also time for swimming and a time to display your best and craziest talent at the Saturday night Talent Show.

The $115 per person fee includes dinner Friday through lunch on Sunday. Registration begins 6:00 pm Friday. The weekend ends at 1:00 pm on Sunday.

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  • 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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