Winter Retreat: January 20-22, 2017

What is your story?

Join us for the Winter Retreat, for grades 6-12, which will take place January 20-22, 2017. This retreat, led by Liz Williams and the Rev. Joshua Varner, will be a time to step away from all the busy-ness of our lives, to worship, to play, and to pray together. Depending on registration, separate programs may be offered for older and younger youth. Come and gather in the new year to listen, to relax, and to hear our own stories and the story of God’s people.

Register here for the Winter Retreat!


Sign up for New Beginnings #49

Join us at New Beginnings #49, December 2-4 at Honey Creek. The total cost for the weekend is $115, and Financial Aid is available!

New Beginnings #49 Participant Registration


New Beginnings will take place during the weekend of December 2-4, 2016, at Honey Creek. The cost of weekend is $115.
new-beginnings-48New Beginnings is a weekend retreat for teenagers in grades 7-9 led by a team of mostly teenagers, with a few adults, and two clergy spiritual directors. The weekend takes participants through a discovery about ourselves, our friends, our families, our faith, and how to live out our faith in our daily lives.

New Beginnings #49 Participant Registration



Register now for Happening

Happening #97 will be held at Honey Creek September 16-18, 2016, and is open to those in grades 10 – 12.

Happening Group PhotoDuring a Happening weekend, participants worship, play, sing, and talk about God’s place in their lives. They make new friends who share similar concerns and questions – a reassuring discovery. A teenager who acts as “rector” leads the weekend with the help of a staff consisting mostly of young people. Some staff members give challenging talks, after which there’s time for discussion and activity. Together, the staff and participants share in an exploration of the impact of Christian faith in their daily lives. Happeners who attend a weekend for their first time are called “Candidates.” To be a Candidate, one must:

  • Have completed the 9th grade and have not begun college.
  • Fill out the application:

Happening costs $101 to attend, and financial assistance is available. For more information, please visit the Diocese of Georgia Happening website.

Happening #97 Rector: Ashley Walker

Click here to register for Happening.


Register now for the Acolyte Festival, August 13-14

Click here to register for the Acolyte Festival, August 13-14,

at St. Thomas’ Isle of Hope, Savannah

The Acolyte & Youth Leadership Festival (AYLF) will take place August 13-14 at St. Thomas Isle of Hope, Savannah. The Festival is open to 3rd through 12th graders. During the Acolyte Festival, participants will enjoy an Acolyte Olympics and can also expect to participate in acolyting and church leadership workshops facilitated by experienced practitioners; to meet other young acolytes and church leaders from across the diocese; to learn about other liturgical practices; to share their own church experience; and to have fun!

Participants should bring their own vestments (marked with a church name or participant’s name) and their home church’s banner, which will be processed during the 10 am Sunday morning Eucharist at St. Thomas Isle of Hope, Savannah, where the festival will be held (2 St. Thomas’ Avenue, Savannah, Georgia 31406.

Check in starts at 10 am on August 13 and acolytes will be ready to pick up after the Sunday Eucharist (about 11:30 am) on the 14th. Those picking up acolytes are encouraged to attend the closing 10 am Eucharist. The cost is $40 and includes three meals, a t-shirt, and other event costs. Scholarships are available on request. Registration launches next week.

For general questions, please contact St. Thomas’ Christian Education and Youth Minister, and the event coordinator, Misty Graham at For scholarship requests, please contact the Diocesan Missioner for Youth, the Rev. Joshua Varner at

Click here to register for the Acolyte Festival, August 13-14, at St. Thomas’ Isle of Hope, Savannah


Apply for New Beginnings Team

New Beginnings is a weekend retreat for teenagers in grades 7-9 led by a team of mostly teenagers, with a few adults, and two clergy spiritual directors. We are now taking applications for team members or NB #49, December 2-4, 2016 at Honey Creek. You are encouraged to apply with friends from your church and to bring an adult who will stay through the weekend. Team is open to all who have been to Happening or NB. Applying doesn’t guarantee a spot on Team. All team members must attend the staff lock-in at St. Anne’s in Tifton, 12 noon October 29 through worship Sunday.

New Beginnings Team Application


One Mission, Two Locations

The 2016 Hometown Missions Youth Event was a great success! For the second year running this mission-oriented event was hosted simultaneously in two separate convocations, spreading our service throughout the state.

Nine youth and seven adults gathered together in Albany to put the finishing touches on a Habitat for Humanity build. Volunteers painted siding, planted shrubs along the house, and built food-garden beds out of salvaged materials with cotton gin-compost donated by Deacon Leeann Culbreath. The youth were able to meet, worship with, and work alongside the family that will be moving into this new house next week. It was a beautiful day full of laughter, dirt, and power-drills!

Twenty-three youth and six adults worked to clear the overgrown Butler Cemetery and lay a brick paver path to the gravesite of Liverpool Hazzard, the last freed slave in McIntosh County, Georgia. Creating the path included relocating dirt by wheelbarrow to even the land out, as well as moving hundreds of brick pavers by hand.

Thanks to all the kids, adults, and to the community of St. Andrew’s and St. Cyprian’s for their support, for providing delicious meals, and for planning water games for a hot afternoon!

All together, youth and adults from around the Diocese completed over 450 hours of service in their communities. Hands-on volunteer service is not only a great way to learn more about your community, it is the best route to understanding God’s call to love and serve ourselves and our communities.

You can find more photos at the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia Youth Facebook page.