Diocese Youth Events

These youth events will be held and directed by the Diocese of Georgia.

New Beginnings #51

  • Dates- December 8, 2017 to December 10, 2017

New Beginnings is a weekend retreat for teenagers in grades 7-9 led by a team of mostly teenagers, with a few adults, and two clergy spiritual directors. The weekend takes participants through a discovery about ourselves, our friends, our families, our faith, and how to live out our faith in our daily lives.

How might this discovery happen? Through making new friends and sharing with old ones, through singing, skits, talks given by teens, videos, games, worship, and conversation with each other! You are encouraged to bring friends from your church and an adult who will stay through the weekend. Everyone will take an active part in the program. You can go to New Beginnings as many times as you’d like…as long as you’re in grades 7-9. We know once you go, you will want to go back. New Beginnings is a weekend retreat for teenagers in grades 7-9 led by a team of mostly teenagers, with a few adults, and two clergy spiritual directors.

You are encouraged to apply with friends from your church! All youth in grades 7-9 are eligible. Financial Aid is available. For information about financial aid, please contact our Diocesan Missioner for Youth, the Rev. org Joshua Varner at jvarner@gaepiscopal.org For all other questions, please contact Maggie Bloodworth at mabloodworth3@gmail.com.

For sign up and questions at your local church please contact Edward Newcomb 229-894-7614 or edward.newcomb@stpaulsalbany.org

Click here for registration

Happening #100  

Rector: Graham Hummel

January 12-14, 2018


What is Happening?

Happening is a Christian experience presented by teenagers for teenagers. It is designed for youth in grades 10 – 12 and sponsored by the Episcopal Church. Most young people have serious questions about Jesus and the Church. Happening is designed to address these questions. During a Happening weekend, participants experience the love of Christ as shown through prayer, worship, and the ministry of peers, clergy, and lay adults. The Happeners are encouraged to make their renewed faith a part of their everyday lives. Happening shows how Christianity can keep pace with the many changes in our lives and our world.

Scholarships are available upon request. The cost of this event is $100. If you would like to apply for a scholarship to attend Happening #100, do NOT fill out this application. Instead, contact Jody Grant directly with your request at jgrantcg@aol.com

Click here Candidate/ Participant Registration Link

           Staff Application Deadline:  Wed., October 25, 2017
        Staff Meeting: Fri., December 8 - Sat., December 9

Past candidates can click here to apply for staff!!!

For sign up and questions at your local church please contact Edward Newcomb 229-894-7614 or edward.newcomb@stpaulsalbany.org


The Diocese of Georgia Youth Mission

Trip to the Dominican Republic

The trip will take place from June 23 to June 30, 2018. Estimated cost is $1700. Financial Aid is available! We do not want anyone to be unable to make the trip due to financial concerns. Please contact Joshua about financial aid. Here is the basic information for the trip:

Who: All Diocese of GA youth who are currently in Grades 9-12.

What: A mission to the DR, in which we work primarily with children helping to lead Vacation Bible School.

When: June 23 – June 30, 2018

Exact Details: We will be travelling to Boca Chica, just to the east of the capital,

Santo Domingo. We will be staying in the dormitory at Iglesia San José and

working with two other congregations to provide Vacation Bible School!

Cost & Payment Schedule: We estimate the cost to be not more than $1700 for

the trip, depending on airfare. The payment schedule is listed below.

Payments over and above the initial deposit become non-refundable as the money

is spent, either to purchase airline tickets or to guarantee our place with our DR


Sign-Up Deadline: Deposit Due: January 15 $400 (this payment is non-refundable) 

Second Payment: March 1 $500

Third Payment: April 1 $500

Final Payment: May 15 $ approximately 300

(this amount depends on cost of airlines & cost of in-country events)


1. Faithful participation in all online activities, including email and Facebook

Group reflections, group check-ins via text, and other activities.

2. Participation in a group weekend trip within Georgia, scheduled for March 2-4, 2018.

3. Payment of money due to the Diocese of Georgia on the scheduled dates.

(January 15, March 1, April 1, May 15).

Checks should be made payable to the Diocese and marked with the participant’s name and “Youth Mission Trip.”

Why do we do this kind of a trip?

The dream of God is of a world transformed, made new, in which humanity lives in relationship, in harmony with itself and with the rest of Creation. Jesus Christ embodies that dream and names it “the Kingdom of God.” He expresses his mission in Luke 4:18-20, saying “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

All of us are called to a ministry of relationship with the whole world. Our hope is that both the participants who travel to the Dominican Republic this summer and those who support them will gain a sense of their place in Creation, a sense of their connection to those whom they may not see on a regular basis, and that they will carry that sense of connection with them through the rest of their lives. A mission trip is not just about the dates of the actual trip. Preparation begins long before, and, more importantly, the effects of the trip are felt long after. We embark on this mission, not because we will change the world during our 8 days in the Dominican Republic this coming summer, but because through that trip we will begin to change ourselves, and begin to bring about the dream God has for us and for all Creation.

If you’re ready to go ahead and sign up for the trip (initial deposit due by January 15) you can go to the form that lives here, or on the youth website, http://youth.georgiaepiscopal.org/?page_id=453.

Contact Information:

If you have questions or would like to sign up for the trip, please

contact the Rev. Joshua Varner, Canon for Children and Youth

at jvarner@gaepiscopal.org.