Diocese of Kansas Youth Events


MIQRA (meek-rah) is a weekend retreat that focuses on the Bible and allows teens to discover what’s in it, why we should care, and how to read it.

What’s with the name?
“MIQRA” is a Hebrew word, which means “reading,” and refers to the ancient Jewish practice of gathering at the local synagogue to hear a public reading of scripture, thus it was also sometimes used to mean, “Bible.”

Is the Bible read out loud at MIQRA?
Yes. We read the entire Bible from Genesis to Revelation in 72 hours! The reading is voluntary and participants take turns reading in shifts around the clock.

What else happens along with the reading?
So many fun things happen at MIQRA! We play wacky games like Church Commandos and Nave Olympics. We have a movie night. We worship with the Mustard Seeds, our diocesan youth band. Participants attend engaging workshops on various biblical topics and hear clergy speak about the bible. Those who attend also meet with a small group several times to make friends and talk about what they’re discovering about the Bible through the event.

Why do we have this event?
The Bible is obviously important to the Christian faith, but many Christians may not know what’s in it, may find it difficult to read, or may not know how it is relevant to their life. This event offers teens a chance to come together, make friends, ask questions, and learn about God’s love letter to the world.

When: Saturday, January 18, 2020, 1 pm to Monday, January 20, 2020, 10:30 am
Where: Grace Cathedral, 701 SW 8th Ave., Topeka, KS
Who: Grades 6-12
Fee: $55 (if this is your first ever diocesan youth event, pay just $30)
Priority Deadline: Friday, January 3, 2020 (price increases by $15 after this date)
Registration forms: click here!

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: May 1-3, 2020
Where: TBA
Who: Grades 6-8
Cost: $55 ($70 after April 17)
Registration Forms: will be available here starting March 1

Episcopal Summer Mega Camp

Three Camps : One Week
Faith ~ Friends ~ Fun

Registration form: Check back here in January 2020

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, May 31, 2:30 pm to Saturday, June 6, 11 am, 2020
Where: Camp Wood YMCA, Elmdale, KS
Who: Students in grades 3-12 for 2019-20 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.


  • $465 if you register by April 1
  • $480 if you register between April 2-May 8,
  • $495 if you register or pay after May 8.

There is a $50 non-refundable deposit required at the time of registration, the remainder is due by Friday, May 8.

Those needing scholarships should register for camp by April 1, 2020. 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 21, 2020. There are absolutely no refunds after Thursday, May 21. 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 21. 

Registration form: Posted in January 2020


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 #94 will be July 24-26, 2020
Where: St. David’s, Topeka
Who: Youth in grades 9-12 (including rising 9th graders)
Fee: $55 ($70 after June 14)
Priority deadline: Friday, July 17, 2020
Registration form: Posted April 27, 2020

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