Diocese of Kansas Youth Events

New Beginnings

New Beginnings is a weekend retreat focusing on the two greatest commandments: loving God with all of our heart, mind, and strength, and loving our neighbors as ourselves. The retreat is led by a team of youth and adults from around the diocese.

What do students do at the retreat?
Student participants (grades 6-8) are engaged in a fun and deeply meaningful program including talks about faith, family, friendship, and peer pressure. There is also rich worship with excellent music. And don’t forget games, skits, small group discussion, yummy food, a talent show, and a movie, oh my!

Student staff (grades 9-12) can serve as family group leaders or “prayer, care, and share” team members. The PCS team puts on skits throughout the weekend. There will be a staff planning day on Saturday, March 23, 201, 1:30-3:30 pm at St. Andrew’s in Emporia.

When: Friday, March 29, 7 pm to Sunday, March 31, 3 pm, 2019
Where: St. David’s, Topeka
Who: Students in grades 6-8 of the current school year are participants. Students in grades 9-12 can participate as staff and gain ministry and leadership experience.
Fee: $50
Priority Deadline: Friday, March 15 (fee increases $15 after this date)
Registration forms: will be posted here by January 29

Episcopal Summer Mega Camp

Three Camps : One Week
Faith ~ Friends ~ Fun

Episcopalians have been attending Summer Camp the first week in June at Camp Wood YMCA for over 80 years. Camp Wood is accredited by the American Camp Association–a process that has over 300 safety and quality standards. There are separate age-appropriate Christian education, camp activities, and sleeping arrangements for all three age-groups, as well as healthy well-balanced meals with accommodations available for allergies.

Camp Wood features a variety of activities such as horseback riding, archery, climbing tower, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, water slide, mud slide, arts and crafts, and sports. The volunteer Episcopal staff provides solid Christian education, featuring worship, music, small group discussions, and prayer.

When: Sunday, June 2, 2:30 pm to Saturday, June 8, 11 am, 2019
Where: Camp Wood YMCA, Elmdale, KS
Who: Students in grades 3-12 for 2017-18 school year (you must have finished third grade to attend); Camp is NOT restricted to Episcopalians or regular churchgoers. All are welcome, so feel free to invite friends and family.
Cost: $450 if registered by April 1, 2019
$465 if registered between April 2-May 10, 2019
$480 if registered after May 10, 2019.
Those needing scholarships should register for camp by April 1, 2019. The diocese has 20 scholarships for $150 available for those with extreme financial need. You can apply for scholarships on the registration form. Information about your household income will be required. Scholarships are awarded by a committee. Your parish should also be able to provide some scholarship money.
Cancellation Deadline: Thursday, May 16, 2019. There are absolutely no refunds after Friday, May 16. Regardless of your payment status, you will still owe the full price for camp unless you notify us that you are canceling your registration by May 16. 
Registration form: will be posted her by January 2, 2019

Mission Trip

“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world” ~Archbishop Desmond Tutu

When: July 23-30, 2019
What: Mission trip to Fairbanks, Alaska
Who: Adults, college students, and youth who have finished grades 9-12. (Note: trip is limited to 18 total participants.)
Cost: $500, includes local transportation, meals, and local housing in an AirBNB
Registration: https://edok.formstack.com/forms/alaska

We will be working with St. Matthew’s in Fairbanks, where The Rev. Betty Glover is now rector. This is the central church for the Diocese of Alaska (they don’t have a cathedral) and serves many of the surrounding villages. We will be helping them create digital archives of their historical pictures and documents and do some home and yard work for the local elders. We also plan to visit one of the nearby villages and take a day to travel to Denali National Park.

Everyone pays their own way (adults, college students and youth). The Diocese and participants will not be subsidizing anyone’s participation in the trip. Fundraising is recommended as the diocese is not able to provide scholarships for this trip.

Everyone is asked to book their own flight and purchase travel insurance (typically an option if you purchase a flight through the airline’s web site). If you want to travel with one of the adults on the trip, these are their flights:

  • Karen Schlabach’s flights:
    • July 23, Delta 5518/2246, KC>Minneapolis>Fairbanks, 3:40 pm – 8:38 pm
    • July 30, Delta 2246/2656, Fairbanks>Minneapolis>KC, 9:38 pm – 8:20 am (next day)
  • Will Chaney’s flights (as low as $573.25 including trip insurance):
    • July 23, Delta 2742/868/1332, KC>LAX>Seattle>Fairbanks, 3:15 pm – 11:59 pm
    • July 30, Delta 24/2881/2566, Fairbanks>Seattle>Minneapolis>KC, 1:30 am – 5:08 pm

Alaska Air and United also fly to Fairbanks, but currently Delta has the best rates.

Check with the airlines prior to leaving re: the most current baggage allowances. Don’t forget that any liquids in your carry-on must be in a quart size transparent bag and must be less than 3oz. in size. Be sure to have any essential medications and at least one change of clothing in your carry on. Have luggage identification inside and out of all luggage, including carry on. We will have a group luggage tag for each person’s bag to make them easy to identify as part of our group.

The 2016 Mission Team with our Honduran co-workers in front of the prayer wall we were a part of building for the week.


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