Diocese of Kansas Youth Events

Diocesan Convention

Official Youth & Young Adult 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 and young adults to be involved. There is no cost to attend, but you need to register in advance.


Delegates: One delegate is selected from each Canterbury House and 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. **In 2020, youth delegates will be elected online since camp is canceled. Nominations must be received by June 21. Youth will receive an e-mail in mid-July with information on how to vote.**

Pages: Youth in grades 8-12 and young adults (age 18-24) are invited to be pages at Diocesan Convention in Topeka. Pages pass out and collect ballots during the business session of convention.

Acolytes: Youth and young adults (age 18-24) are needed to be acolytes at the convention Eucharist at the Cathedral.

Fundraiser: Thursday night there will be a youth and young adult fundraiser. All participants of Diocesan Convention are invited to attend this dinner and social hour with proceeds benefiting youth and campus ministry. Youth and young adults are needed to prepare, serve, and clean-up.

Compline: Youth and Young Adults offer our traditional youth event Compline service on Friday night after the banquet.

When: October 22-24, 2020
Where: Youth will stay at Upton Hall, 835 SW Polk St., Topeka, KS
Who: Youth currently in grades 8-12 and young adults age 18-24
Fee: There is no cost to attend. All meals are provided.
Priority Deadline: Monday, September 28
Registration form: available here in early August


Happening is a Christian Experience by youth for youth. It’s a weekend retreat, focusing on Jesus and what he taught. There are games, music, great food, and a chance to talk with peers about things that really matter.

When: Happening #95 will be December 4-6, 2020
Where: Grace Cathedral, Topeka
Who: Youth in grades 9-12 (including rising 9th graders)
Fee: $55 ($70 after Nov. 20)
Priority deadline: Friday, November 20, 2020
Registration form: Register via UltraCamp after October 5

All staff (youth and adults) need to complete the registration form above if they wish to serve on Happening staff. If you have questions about staff positions, contact the youth rector for Happening #95, Josh Avery at joshtavery44 [at] gmail [dot] com.

We will have a staff training and prep-day starting on Saturday, October 17, 1:30-3:30 pm, at St. Andrew’s in Emporia. It is important that as many staff (youth and adults) as possible attend.

Middle School Retreat

This is a weekend retreat for middle school students and will be planned by the youth commission. Each year a different, timely topic will be selected to guide the program. So, while we won’t know specifics until closer to the date, we do know there will be yummy food, good friends, time to sing, hang-out, and be in Christian community together.

When: April 16-18, 2021
Where: TBA
Who: Grades 6-8
Cost: $55 ($70 after April 2)
Registration Forms: Available February 15, 2021

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