Diocesan offerings in Youth Formation — for information contact our Youth Director or visit the Diocese of Atlanta Youth website for more activities and full details with registration: www.eycdioatl.org.
- Diocesan Youth Council (DYC) Retreat
The Diocesan Youth Committee is hosted at Camp Mikell annually the first weekend of January every year. This conference is for all youth grades 6-12. Every parish represented at the conference must send an adult chaperone for the weekend. The theme of DYC changes yearly, but it is always an exciting weekend that integrates fun and spirituality. High school youth who- have completed their freshman year may apply to be part of the committee. This committee plans all the activities of the weekend.
Happening is a renewal weekend offered two times per year and sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta. Adults attend as chaperones, but teenagers lead the weekend FOR teenagers. Happening Team, which facilitates the weekend experience, consists of young people and adults who are active members of their parish. Happening is open to all high school youth who have completed their first semester of freshman year.
Candidates: First time youth attending Happening come to the weekend as candidates. The candidates are who the weekend is for!
Celebration Team: Celebration is a special part of team that comes together Saturday night to pray for the candidates.
- New Beginnings
New Beginnings is a unique weekend designed to address concerns and needs of youth grades 6-9. It was created in the Diocese of Central Florida by adults and young people to help youth grow in love of themselves, others, and Christ. In 1998. the Diocese of Atlanta hosted 20 youth for the first New Beginnings in Georgia. Over the years New Beginnings has grown and now hosts no less than 100 youth every November and February at Camp Mikell.
Youth participants of the weekend do not have to be Episcopalians, but must come recommended through an Episcopal Church and have the backing of an adult sponsor that attends the weekend in full with the participant.
- Annual Council Lock-in
On the weekend of Annual Council in the fall the Diocese hosts a lock-in. The night is filled with music, singing and other fun activities. It is put on by the youth leaders within the Diocese.
- Hunger Walk/Run – March
Every March the Hunger Walk/Run sponsored by Atlanta Community Food Bank takes place in downtown Atlanta. Youth groups and many others from the area raise money to support the Episcopal Charities Foundation in their fight against hunger in Atlanta.
- Diocesan Summer Mission Trips — See the diocesan youth (EYC) website for dates and details, www.eycdioatl.org.
For students in grades 9-12, a chance to be in community with other young Episcopalians from many different states. Come on your own, with a friend or in a group. Dec. 27 to Jan. 1 at Kanuga Conference Center, North Carolina, registration is available at www.kanuga.org.