Called to Serve
March 27-29 at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Waterville
for 9th-12th graders
Click here to register.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” – John 14:27
A team of youth staff and adults will lead us, as we spend a weekend together doing the work of serving others, while figuring out how to keep up the energy to do that work. We will laugh together, sing together, serve together, pray together, rest together and make friends we can rely on as we figure out how we are called to serve. The weekend includes a service project in the community.
Answers to FAQS:
How do I register? Click here to register.
When do we start and end? We gather on Friday, March 27 at 6:30 pm (after dinner) until Sunday, March 29 at 11:30 am. Your family is invited to come to the closing service with our youth and the community of St. Mark’s, Waterville on Sunday at 10:15 am.
What’s the cost? Registration is $40 or $20 with financial aid. 100% financial aid is available, just designate that when you register below. First-time youth and friends attend free. You can pay online when you register, or send checks, made out to Episcopal Diocese of Maine, to: Youth Events Diocesan of Maine, 143 State St, Portland, ME 04101.
What kinds of things will we do? We’ll experience church in an entirely different way – designed, run, and led by your own peers. Teens at this event will meet other teens, be part of interesting discussion groups, engage in enjoyable worship, listen to talks created by other teens, play games, listen to music, and essentially have a great time. We’ll also spend part of our weekend serving people in our community.
What should I bring? Sleeping bag, pillow, mattress (optional), comfortable clothes, pajamas, warm jacket, bathing suit, towel, shower stuff, toiletries. Don’t bring: money or anything valuable.
Who can come? All high schoolers in grades 9-12. Feel free to invite your friends! Remember, first-time friends come free!
Who can be on staff and when is prep? Any teen who has previously attended a high school event can be on staff. We will have “Prep Weekend,” when teen and adult staff gather to prepare for the event, the weekend of Sat-Sun, March 21-22, at Christ Church in Gardiner. Please indicate on this form that you’d like to be on staff.
Contact The Rev. Canon Sara D’Angio White, Canon for Youth Ministry, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 207.772-1953 ext. 130.
Here’s what teens have said about past events:
Come and experience church in an entirely different way – designed, run, and led by your own peers. Teens at this event will meet other teens, be part of interesting discussion groups, engage in enjoyable worship, listen to talks created by other teens, play games, listen to music, and essentially have a great time. It is an excellent way to grow closer to God and others.
High school youth events have had a powerful impact on many teens in grades 9-12.
A 10th grader from Massachusetts said: “At TEC you get to meet new friends and keep in touch with old ones. You can be open and honest and have everyone support you and love you for who you truly are. You can become more in touch with God and discover creative new ways to pray. It is a really fun weekend that I don’t want to miss out on!!!”
A high school senior said: “It gives me a feeling that is hard to describe. I feel God all around me, in everything I do. It makes me realize God’s always with us, no matter what. I become closer to God in ways I never even imagined.”
If you are a high schooler willing to move closer to God or others, engage in honest discussions, enjoy great music and worship, and meet new friends, come to the next high school event. There are no requirements – you don’t have to be Episcopalian, you don’t need to believe in God – Just come with an open heart.
– written by a high school junior