In keeping with our Bishop’s recommendation to share parish and diocesan resources, we work closely with the diocese to offer our teens a wide variety of faith formation experiences. Among these are:
Each year the diocese offers at least two weekend retreats for junior and senior high students respectively. These weekends (Miqra at the Cathedral for youth grades 6-12, the Winter Middle School Event for Junior High, and TEC for Senior High) offer a chance for kids to meet other teens from around the diocese, and to grow in faith and responsibility in a loving, nurturing, and safe community. Plus, they’re lots of FUN!!
For more information on diocesan retreats click here.
It’s hard not to have a great time at the diocesan Believe It Or Not (BION) Camp, a 5-day summer camp held in August at Camp Bishopswood for teens that have completed grade 6, up to those who have just graduated from high school. The 75+ campers participate in a range of activities—from swimming to ultimate Frisbee to arts and crafts to drama—as well as participating in focus groups, such as Forgiveness, Prayer through Yoga, Real Life Dilemmas, The Four Faces of Jesus, etc., and worship, making the experience both fun and spiritual. Bishopwood lies right beside the beautiful Lake Megunticook, making it the ideal location for a camp experience.
Students live in cabins with people of their age groups, chose from a wide variety of fun activities and focus groups, participate in fun and interesting nighttime programs and, simply, have a blast. Come prepared to have a great time, live with friends, eat s’mores, and maybe learn something!
For up-to-date information, including dates of the next BION, click here.
EYE (Episcopal Youth Event)
Every three years the international Episcopal Youth Event is held at a different location in the USA. The event combines three or four days of worship and fellowship with an optional short mission component. St. Paul’s works with our teens to help them discern if they’d like to participate, and if so, coordinates with the diocese to ensure that each teen is supported financially and logistically in his/her journey.
For more information about EYE 2017, click here.