Called to Serve
March 22-24 at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Bangor
For high schoolers in 9-12 grade
“How can we together grow more deeply with Jesus Christ at the center of our lives, so we can bear witness to his way of love in and for the world?” Presiding Bishop Michael Curry asks this, and he gives us tools to begin to answer it in the Way of Love practice we’ll use as our guide for the weekend.
Jesus calls us to love our neighbor as ourselves, and as a part of that love, we are called to serve. How do we find the strength to do something that sometimes feels so hard? 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 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:
When do we start and end? We gather on Friday, March 22 at 6:30 pm (after dinner) until Sunday, March 24 at 1:30 pm. Your family and friends are invited to come to the closing program on Sunday at 1:00 pm.
What’s the cost? Registration is $40 or $20 with financial aid. 100% financial aid is available. New friends and participants register for their first event for FREE!
You can pay online when you register to, 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, swimsuit, shower stuff, towel, some homework (optional), a snack or dessert to contribute (no nuts or peanut butter). Don’t bring: money or anything valuable.
Who can come? All high schoolers in grades 9-12. Feel free to invite your friends! Friends who are invited attend their first event for FREE!
Sara D’Angio White at firstname.lastname@example.org or 207.502.7742
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