Diocese of Kansas Youth Events

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.

Senior High Retreat

This is a weekend retreat for high 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: September 20-22, 2019
Where: TBA
Who: Grades 9-12
Cost: $55 ($70 after September 13)
Registration Forms: will be available July 22

Official Youth 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 to be involved.

Delegates: 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.

Pages: Youth in grades 8-12 and college students are invited to be pages at Diocesan Convention in Topeka. Pages pass out and collect ballots during the business session of convention on Saturday.

Acolytes: Youth and college students are needed to be acolytes at the convention opening Eucharist on Friday afternoon at 4 pm at the Cathedral.

Compline: Every-other-year, youth offer our traditional youth event Compline service on Friday night after the banquet.

Youth will stay the night Upton Hall Conference Center, which has beds and showers, with linens provided. There will be two adult chaperones present as well. Youth will be transported back and forth from Upton Hall and the Topeka Capital Plaza Hotel and Conference Center by adults and college students. Youth are asked not to transport themselves or other youth.

When: October 18-19, 2019
Where: Youth will stay at Upton Hall, 835 SW Polk St., Topeka, KS
Who: Youth currently in grades 8-12
Fee: There is no cost to attend. All meals are provided.
Priority Deadline: Monday, September 23
Registration form: Available in August 2019

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