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.

Help with the pre-reading!
High School seniors, members of Youth Commission, college students, and adults are invited to arrive on Friday to start the reading. Please let the Youth Missioner know when you anticipate arriving if you are coming early. All meals will be provided for those who RSVP that they plan to arrive early.

Adults, parents, college students, EFM students, and church staff are invited to help us with the reading on Friday. An online sign-up sheet will be posted at the EDOK Youth Page.

When: Saturday, January 13, 2018, 1 pm to Monday, January 15, 2018, 10:30 am
Where: St. David’s Church, 3916 SW 17th St., Topeka, KS (unfortunately, the Cathedral will still be under construction in January, so we will need to do Mega-Miqra again this year.)
Who: Grades 6-12
Fee: $55
Priority Deadline: Friday, December 29, 2017 (price increases by $15 after this date)
Registration forms: Youth and Adults can sign-up for Miqra here: https://edok.formstack.com/forms/miqra2018

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: Available by Feb. 26

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: will be posted here by January 1, 2018.

For more information, please click HERE.

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