The Diocese of Olympia runs and assists worshiping communities with many youth faith formation programs in the region.
These programs and events provide a great opportunity for youth to join a larger group from around the Diocese and are a wonderful supplement to any youth group calendar. Youth experience different leaders, meet new friends, visit other churches in our diocese and live into a larger christian community. Please consider these dates when planning for your own outings, youth events and mission trips. Friends are always welcome, have them register ahead. We have special welcome rates for those who are coming for the first time! Scholarships are available upon request.
See what our Youth have been up to on their Flickr feed.
High School Youth Conference (HYC)
“I love HYC because I can come here and be myself and people love me and accept me just as I am.”
For youth in grades 9-12 from all over the diocese. These weekend conferences include faith formation and exploration, fun, and fellowship, through contemporary music, worship, small group conversations, games, workshops and special activities. Weekend conferences start on Friday evening and end midday on Sunday. Themes and activities for conferences are selected and planned by the youth council.
9/30-10/2 Fall HYC at St. Lukes~San Lucas in Vancouver – Theme: #deep, Completed
1/13-15 /17 Winter HYC — Theme: Nail it to the Door! at Camp Black Diamond in Auburn, (if you prefer onsite housing, this is the conference for you! We’ll also have a few more fun activities to add to the usual conference mix.). Cost – TBD
3/24-26 Spring HYC at St. Mary’s, Lakewood, $35
Junior High/Middle School Youth Conference (JYC)
Faith-based fun! Young people in grades 6-9 are invited to join us as we navigate the turning-into-teenager years. With lots of community-building games and activities this, is the place to find friends who will be with you through it all. Youth come together from all over Western Washington to share in music, worship, faith exploration and fun. Weekend conferences start on Friday evening and end midday on Sunday. Themes and activities for conferences are selected and planned by the youth council.
11/18-20 Fall JYC at Good Samaritan in Sammamish, $35. Register HERE. Theme: Jesus and the Dinosaurs!
5/5-7 Spring JYC at Church of the Holy Cross in Redmond, $35
HYC Six Day Summer Camp
Six Day, as it’s affectionately called, is an extended summer conference in a beautiful camp setting. It usually takes place in July.
It has all the components of a regular conference (HYC), just more days of them: large group games, small group conversations, workshops, different styles of daily worship, special activities, a dance and a talent show. Plus Six Day has additional free time for traditional camp activities like swimming, crafts, archery and hiking, along with nightly campfires (as permitted).
We stay in cabins, have great food, and fabulous music provided by our great contemporary band that several of the youth join in on. You don’t want to miss it. Invite a friend!
If youth are interested in baptism or confirmation, both can be done at Six Day with prior preparation done at their home church. Bishop Rickel comes out to do for the baptisms and confirmations. Parents and congregation members are welcome to attend the service. Let us know when you register if you are interested.
The youth are an important part of our diocesan family. As a result, youth serve at our annual convention in several ways: as pages, acolytes, and as regional youth representatives. Regional Youth Representatives (ages 16-21 and a communicant in good standing), have seat, voice and vote on the Convention floor which is a unique leadership opportunity and an exciting way for young people to voice their concerns and opinions about issues and topics of discussion. Those serving as Pages (must be in grades 9-12), work behind the scenes distributing information, collecting ballots, being a runner and helping to staff the youth booth. Acolytes, serve at the Eucharist on Saturday. Convention in 2016 is 10/21-22
Please contact the Youth Ministry Coordinator, Denise at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in any of these positions.
Once a year, youth are selected to be on the Diocesan Youth Ministry Council. This happens at the Winter HYC. The youth take leadership roles and help plan youth conferences for the year. There are about 3 meetings a year where planning takes place: Jan, May/June, July/Aug.