Upcoming Youth Activities

Mark Your Calendars now: November 16-18, 2018
Winter Retreat for grades 6 – 12.

Diocesan Youth Retreat

For grades 6-12:

The Way of Love

WHEN November 16 through 18, 2018

Drop off: Friday, November 16 from 7:00 – 8:00 PM

Pick up: Sunday at noon.  Families are welcome to join us for Eucharist at 10:30 on November

WHERE Camp Mount Luther, 355 Mt. Luther Lane, Mifflinburg, PA 17844

COST  $100.00

To register, click here.

A great opportunity to learn more about what it means to be a part of the Episcopal Church, what you love about it, and what we believe. Great music, worship, talks, and activities.

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has invited everyone to explore The Way of Love. All youth in grades 6-12th are invited to a special winter retreat where we will explore The Way of Love for youth. We will offer interactive opportunities to explore each area of The Way of Love: Learn, Pray, Worship, Bless, Go, Rest and Turn. To find out more check out all the resources from the wider church, perhaps you might want to join our youth in prayer as well as in practice? For more information about The Way of Love, click here.

The cost is $100.00, however, scholarships are available. For scholarships, please contact Robyn Szoke-Coolidge,


Diocesan Youth Events 2019

January 16-18, 2019, “Happening” planning meeting

February 14-17, 2019, “Happening” for grades 9 – 12

Happening #12

February 15th-17th, 2019

All youth in grades 9-12 are invited for an exciting weekend of fun, friendship, and faith!

Youth leadership is a key feature of the Happening program.  The entire weekend is led “by youth for youth” with adult supervisions and guidance.  Happening is not a traditional church retreat.  As a Happener, whether you are a high school student or an adult) yes adults may happen, too!) You will have the opportunity to talk about God, as God is reflected in your daily life, with your peers, the people who will be experiencing the same event with you.  Happening is truly an event designed with you and your faith in mind!

Finally, a key piece to a happy Happening is dedication to a friendly, accepting, and understanding environment.  No matter who you are, where you come from, or what your favorite cereal happens to be, you are welcome with open arms. 

Please register by February 8, 2019!                                                                                                                                           

Cost: $125.00 – Scholarships are available.

Please contact Mary Ellen Kilp or Theda Tallman at for questions.  Hope to see you there!

Happening #12 Planning Team

April 5–7, 2019, “New Beginnings” for grades 6 – 8.

A retreat for youth in grades 6-8

What is New Beginnings? “New Beginnings” is a unique ministry in the Diocese of Central PA that shares the love of Christ with the middle school-aged youth of today. Throughout the retreat weekend, the high school youth will minister to the middle school youth. “New Beginnings” speaks, listens, and challenges middle school youth to be positive about themselves, their friends, families and their communities, in a critical time in their lives. This ministry reminds them that we are all children of God, we are special, we are loved, and there is nothing that we cannot overcome with Christ.

Who can go to New Beginnings? Anyone in grades 6-8 may attend. You can attend the weekend as many times as you want during these years.

When is New Beginnings? The “New Beginnings” check-in begins at 6 pm on Friday April 5th and continues through a special Eucharist at 11 am on Sunday the 7th. (The entire weekend concludes around 12 noon). Activities include a series of songs, skits, movie clips, and small group discussions. Topics such as God’s love, prayer, self, friends, parents, siblings and school is explored with talks introduced by the high school youth and adult members of the team.

New Beginnings #2 is Friday, April 5, 2019 – Sunday, April 7, 2019.

Where is New Beginnings? Camp Mount Luther, just outside of Mifflenburg, PA

How much does New Beginnings cost? Only $100.00 per participant! That includes housing in cabins with other youth, all meals, a t-shirt and an entire weekend of activities!

How do I register for New Beginnings? Go to go to New Beginnings and fill out the information on the link.  Please fill out the information if scholarship is needed.

In order to prepare materials for the retreat, the registration deadline is March 29, 2019

What do I need to bring with me when I come to New Beginnings? After your registration has been sent in and accepted, you will receive a few additional forms to fill out along with a packing list for the weekend.

What if I have more questions? Please feel free to email or call Mary Ellen Kilp or Theda Tallman at or 717-475-2785.


Colorado Youth leadership Initiative:  register for 2019 Leadership training for youth and for more information, click here.



Pictures from our recent New Beginnings retreat

New Beginnings Youth

Youth Reflections

Called to teach and learn








The Diocese of Central PA youth committee passionately encourages young people to form relationships with Christ and Christ’s Church by offering opportunities for mission, worship, leadership, and fellowship.

Our work includes:

  • Youth ministry is a priority
  • Sponsoring and collaborating with congregations to hold programs and events.
  • Strengthening the wider community of youth ministry; EYE, Province II, and General Convention Youth Presence
  • Develop leadership training opportunities

The Cross-Generational Team of the Stevenson School for Ministry is ready to help and support the development of children, youth, and young adult ministry.  For more information, click here.


Leadership Opportunity

Applications are now being accepted for The official Youth Presence at the Episcopal Church General Convention 2018 click here for more information.



The youth committee of the diocese is presently being chaired by Mary Ellen Kilp, and Theda Tallman who are always ready to support and engage youth and parents. For more information contact them at

The Cross Generational Team of the Stevenson School for Ministry is ready to help and support the development of children, youth and young adult ministry. Click here for more information.

Check out these family resources for Lent by clicking here.


Favorite Links

Youth Ministries The Episcopal Church

Youth and Young Adult Ministry Manuals

Episcopal Curriculum for Youth

Daily Devotionals for Youth D365