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, April 14, 2018, 1:30-3:30 pm at St. Andrew’s in Emporia.

Students currently in the 11th and 12th grade can apply to be one of the youth rectors for the event and lead the entire weekend.

  • Applications for New Beginnings rector April 27-29, 2018, are due January 12, 2018. The Application form can be accessed here and the reference form here. Interviews will take place at Miqra. If you cannot attend Miqra, alternative arrangements can be made.

When: Friday, April 27, 7 pm to Sunday, April 29, 3 pm, 2018
Where: Good Shepherd, Wichita
Who: Students in grades 6-8 of the current school year.
Students in grades 9-12 can participate as staff and gain ministry and leadership experience.
Fee: $50
Priority Deadline: Friday, April 13 (fee increases $15 after this date)
Registration forms: https://edok.formstack.com/forms/nb2018

Episcopal Summer Mega Camp

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 3, 2 pm to Saturday, June 9, 11 am, 2018
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: $440 if registered by April 1, 2018
$455 if registered between April 2-May 11, 2018
$470 if registered after May 11, 2018.
Those needing scholarships should register for camp by April 1, 2018. The diocese has 20 scholarships for $146 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.
Cancelation Deadline: Friday, May 18, 2018. There are absolutely no refunds after Friday, May 18. 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 18. 
Registration form: https://edok.formstack.com/forms/camp2018

For more information, please click HERE.


An urban mission experience in Wichita, KS, where we will:

When: Tuesday, June 26, 2018, 7 pm to Sunday, July 1, 11:30 am, 2018
Who: Students entering grades 9-12 in Fall 2018
Where: St. John’s Episcopal Church, 402 N. Topeka, Wichita, KS 67202
We will be showering at the Downtown YMCA one block away. Youth need to bring towels and we recommend shower-shoes.
Cost: $100 ($120 after June 19)
Registration: available here by April 30, 2018

We are hoping parishes in and near Wichita will help us keep the cost of this event low by volunteering to provide breakfast and/or supper, as well as volunteers to prepare and clean-up, one day during the event.


General Convention

Did you go to EYE and have a blast? Have you enjoyed Diocesan Convention? Do you like listening to a good debate? Are politics your ‘thing’? Do you consider yourself a “church-nerd”? Then attending General Convention of the Episcopal Church may be for you!


2018 Convention theme: “The Jesus Movement: Loving, Liberating and Life-giving.”

When: July 8-13, 2018 (Convention is July 2-13, 2018, so we will only be there for 3-4 days of the gathering)
Where: Austin, TX
Who: Students who have finished grades 9-12 and college-age students
Fee: $375
Priority Deadline: April 1, 2018
Registration Forms

For more information, please click HERE.

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