Youth Education Staff
Please contact The Church office or Don Hutchinson @ 816-536-4083
about this important ministry.
Youth Education Calendar
Youth Mentor Blog
"Where 2 or 3 are gathered in my name, I am with you". See our Youth Mentor, Don Hutchinson's Youth Mentoring Blog for his impressions. This has been on hiatus but as of July 2019 watch for new posts.
Camp Wood – MEGA Summer Camp
Each year in June the entire YMCA camp is “invaded” by over 200 youth. One coined the term MEGA to mean “Many Episcopalians Gathered Altogether”. Youth completing grades 3-12 and are broken into 3 programs and activities are attended by age group. Activities include horseback riding, challenge course, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, arts and crafts, soccer, basketball, tennis, and fishing. In addition to these YMCA activities, the Episcopal staff provides
further opportunities for recreation and spiritual growth. These include games and competitions, concerts, talent shows, dances, small group discussions, prayer, meditation, and daily worship.
According to our young people, Miqra is about making new friends, seeing old friends, having fun, and learning about the Bible and team work. This diocesan event is held every January at the Cathedral in Topeka and this year a second location housed the Junior High Youth. It is open to Middle school(Grade 6) and up. The primary focus is on reading the entire Bible during the 72 hour weekend.
As the youth take turns reading, other activities include worship, workshops, discussions, games, laughter and songs.
Happening is a weekend retreat put on "by teens for teens." It has also been called Cursillo for Teens. The program is focused on the person and teachings of Jesus Christ and centered on youth sharing their experiences and faith with other youth. Happening participants hear talks from youth and adult leaders on
topics such as identity, reality, prayer, faith, piety, and discipleship. Participants also spend time in small groups discussing the talks and engaged in activities. And of course there's lots of time for worship,singing, games, and fun.
about faith, family, friendship, and peer pressure. There is also rich worship with excellent music. And don't forget games, skits, and small group discussion.