The Diocese of Olympia runs and assists worshiping communities with many youth faith formation events 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 often 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.
March 2, 2019 – Better Together — An Upcoming Event for Youth Leaders and Volunteers as well as others involved in all kinds of faith formation – A day of workshops and equipping for ministry at St. Margaret’s in Bellevue. More info here.
High School Youth Events
“… 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 retreats include faith formation and exploration, fun, and fellowship, through contemporary music, worship, small group conversations, games, workshops and special activities. Events start on Friday evening and end midday on Sunday. Themes and activities for retreats are selected and planned by the youth council.
- March 15-17, 2019, High School Retreat at Black Diamond Camp in Auburn, Register Here
St. Patrick of Ireland knew that there is a wildness to the Holy Spirit. His journey of capture, slavery, and redemption is an amazing example of how we are invited to encounter God’s Holy Spirit. Sometimes the Spirit blows through our lives like a gentle calming breeze and sometimes like a raging wind. Like a good friend, the Holy Spirit shows us the path to take and guides us to companions along the way. Do you feel stuck in life and need direction? Are you in a need of a good friend? Do you need a little Spirit in your life? Join us at Black Diamond Camp in Auburn for the Spring High School Youth Retreat.
From black light dodge ball and worship experiences, to speeding zip lines and small group connections, it’s going to be a weekend filled with fun and meaningful encounters with the Holy. Lodging is onsite. Come and join us for an incredible weekend
A fun, faithful, and friend-filled retreat for those in grades 9-12. Meet youth from around the diocese, make new friends, reconnect with old ones, and live into a larger Christian community.
Bishop Greg will also be visiting us as well! Register Here
- May 11, 2019, Launch! A one day event for graduating seniors with workshops, fun activities and lunch with the Bishop. You won’t want to miss this for a successful launch into the next phase of your life!
Junior High /Middle School Youth Retreats
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 formation and fun. Weekend events start on Friday evening and end midday on Sunday. Themes and activities for retreats are selected and planned by the youth council.
- May 3-5, 2019 Spring Retreat for grades 6-9
High School Summer Camp
Six Day, as it’s affectionately called, is an extended summer retreat in a beautiful camp setting. It is scheduled for July 14-20, 2019 at Camp Huston in Gold Bar.
Join us as we explore what God has in mind for us through small group conversations, workshops, and daily worship. There will also be games, a dance, a variety show, and camp activities like crafts, archery, and campfires. And if you need some time alone to think, there will be plenty of chances to relax, have a swim, or go for an exploratory hike.
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!
Baptisms and confirmations may be done at camp at a service that will be held on the last day of camp. Parents and congregation members are welcome to attend. Some advance preparation is necessary, please indicate on your registration form if you would like to participate.
–Creation Care/Environmental Justice Pilgrimage coming in 2019- Save the dates August 4-10. Watch for more info.–
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 2019 will be held at the Lynnwood Convention Center and is November 8-9, 2019.
Please contact the Youth Ministry Coordinator, Denise at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in any of these roles.
Once a year, youth are selected to be on the Diocesan Youth Ministry Council. The youth take leadership roles and help plan youth retreats for the year. There are about 3 meetings a year where planning takes place: Jan, May/June, August. Youth are asked to be able to make 2 out of the 3 meetings.