Diocese of Kansas Youth Events

Girls Only Weekend

A weekend retreat led by Episcopal Women to provide young women with tools to navigate today’s changing society. We will watch the documentary film MissRepresentation and the objectification of women and how to be comfortable no matter how God made you.
We will worship, sing, eat good food, play, rest, and support one another.

All youth attending this event will be watching the documentary film Miss Representation. This documentary by Jennifer Siebel Newsom examines how women are misrepresented — hence the title — by the media day in and day out. Drowning in misleading images of women that portray them as valuable primarily for their looks and youth, the film suggests that today’s teens may be growing up with a skewed perspective, one that undermines their intelligence and substantive accomplishments. MISS REPRESENTATION invites viewers to examine gender bias in what we see, hear, and view at the movies, on TV, and on the Internet. Read the review on Common Sense Media, and preview the film on Netflix.

We will also be using a new resource from Church Publishing called These Are Our Bodies. From the book jacket: “Our inherent value and worth comes from God’s love for us, but our modern world is filled with sexual expression that too often leads us away from the life of Christ. As Christians seeking to live a life worthy of our calling and desiring to pass along these values to our children and youth, this book explores how we can explore issues of sexuality in the context of our faith….This book, grounded from a theological perspective, focuses on foundational issues for addressing how we (and why we) are called to have these conversations in a faithful community to support families. The importance of looking at one’s sexuality throughout the lifespan through the lenses of decision making, faith and daily life, respect, growth and change, behavior, responsibility, values, prayer, and intentionality is be explored…” If you are interested in advance reading, you can order the foundational book, student booklet and parent booklet on Cokesbury.com or Amazon.com.

We will also have a joint activity with the Guys Only retreat taking place the same weekend.

When: September 21-23, 2018
Where: St. Margaret’s in Lawrence (Main building)
Who: Youth females in grades 7-12 (for the 2018-19 school year)
Fee: $50
Registration forms: https://edok.formstack.com/forms/gogo2018

For more information, please click HERE.


Guys Only Weekend

A weekend retreat led by Episcopal Men to provide young men with tools to navigate today’s changing society. We will watch the documentary film The Mask You Live In and discuss toxic masculinity and how to be comfortable no matter how God made you. We will worship, sing, eat good food, play, rest, and support one another.

We’ll be showing the documentary film, The Mask You Live In. The film includes frank discussion related to sexuality, homophobia, sexism, pornography, abuse, suicide, rape, drinking and drug use. All of this material is accompanied by sobering statistics, but the ultimate message is one of hope; if kids can be raised to reject outdated/limiting roles, we can all help boys forge new identities as men, husbands, friends, and fathers. We believe these are serious, vital topics, that aren’t discussed enough and are incredibly important to how we act as Christians and our efforts to love our neighbor. Please read the review about the film on Common Sense Media before signing your child up to attend this event. The film is also available to view on Netflix if you’d like to screen it in advance.

We will also be using a new resource from Church Publishing called These Are Our Bodies. From the book jacket: “Our inherent value and worth comes from God’s love for us, but our modern world is filled with sexual expression that too often leads us away from the life of Christ. As Christians seeking to live a life worthy of our calling and desiring to pass along these values to our children and youth, this book explores how we can explore issues of sexuality in the context of our faith….This book, grounded from a theological perspective, focuses on foundational issues for addressing how we (and why we) are called to have these conversations in a faithful community to support families. The importance of looking at one’s sexuality throughout the lifespan through the lenses of decision making, faith and daily life, respect, growth and change, behavior, responsibility, values, prayer, and intentionality is be explored…” If you are interested in advance reading, you can order the foundational book, student booklet and parent booklet on Cokesbury.com or Amazon.com.

We will also have a joint activity with the Girls Only retreat taking place the same weekend.

When: September 21-23, 2018
Where: St. Margaret’s, Lawrence (Parish Life Center building)
Who: Youth males in grades 9-12 (for the 2018-19 school year)
Fee: $50
Registration forms: https://edok.formstack.com/forms/gogo2018

For more information, please click HERE.


Official Youth Presence at Diocesan Convention

Attending Diocesan Convention is a great opportunity to see some of the inner workings of the Episcopal Church and meet other youth and adults from around the diocese. There are lots of ways for youth to be involved.

Delegates: Four high school youth are elected at Camp to be full, voting delegates at Diocesan Convention. This is a great honor and privilege and a rarity in many diocese.

2018 Youth Delegates:
Josh Avery, Good Shepherd, Wichita
John Butler, St. Francis, Overland Park
Paul Carter, St. Michael’s, Mission
Creed Ekerberg, St. Matthew’s, Newton

2018 Alternates:
Edith Stanford, Grace, Ottawa

Pages: Youth in grades 8-12 and college students are invited to be pages at Diocesan Convention in Topeka. Pages pass out and collect ballots during the business session of convention on Saturday.

Acolytes: Youth and college students are needed to be acolytes at the convention opening Eucharist on Friday afternoon at 4 pm at the Cathedral.

Compline: Every-other-year, youth offer our traditional youth event Compline service on Friday night after the banquet. In 2018, Youth will be leading this service.

When: Thursday, October 18, 5 pm – Saturday, October 20, 2018, 2 pm (or earlier)
Where: Youth will stay at Upton Hall, 835 SW Polk St., Topeka, KS
Who: Youth currently in grades 8-12
Fee: There is no cost to attend. All meals are provided.
Priority Deadline: Monday, September 24
Registration form: https://edok.formstack.com/forms/youthdiocon18

Youth will stay the night Upton Hall Conference Center, which has beds and showers, with linens provided. There will be two adult chaperones present as well. Youth will be transported back and forth from Upton Hall and the Topeka Capital Plaza Hotel and Conference Center by adults and college students. Youth are asked not to transport themselves or other youth.

For more information, please click HERE.


YouthTide


YouthTide! where we learn more about the entire Episcopal Church Calendar. Come ADVENTure with us through all the seasons of the Episcopal church year! One weekend filled with Advent Wreaths, Gingerbread Nativities, King’s Cake, Spiritual Gifts, Silent Prayer, The Last Supper, an Easter Egg Hunt, and so much more! Christian poets say that the liturgical year is a wedding ring we wear to remember our covenant with the Christlike God.

From Advent and the preparation for Christ’s coming to Christmas and Epiphany, a journey through Lent, and the celebration of Easter, we will spend time experiencing silence, serving God, singing, worshiping, eating LOTS of yummy meals and hanging out with your diocesan youth friends!

We’ll also spend a little bit of time looking at other Christian denominations and World Religions and how they compare to Episcopalians.

When: November 30-December 2, 2018
Where: St. Andrew’s, 828 Commercial, Emporia, KS
Who: Youth currently in grades 6-12
Fee: $50 (fee increases by $15 after November 16)
Priority Registration Deadline: Friday, November 16
Registration forms: https://edok.formstack.com/forms/youthtide2018

For more information, please click HERE.

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