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Children & Youth

The Diocese offers opportunities for formation for youth in grades 6 through 12. Here are the upcoming Diocesan-sponsored youth events in 2019-2020!

SCIENCE FAIR: Diocesan Youth Event 
October 4-6, Bellwether Farm, 6-12th grades
Botany! Astronomy! Fermentation! Come learn real-life science through the lens of farm and forest. Registration opens September 3.
Diocesan Convention: Youth/Young Adult table
November 8-10, Sandusky, 6th grade and up
Join the diocesan convention’s youth and young adult table! We’ll observe the church’s active governance, polity, and decision-making…and include special activities and snacks to keep it fun. Show up with your parish or family and find our colorful table!
March 13-15, Bellwether Farm, 9-12th grades
A spiritual retreat led by youth to help deepen your relationship to God and explore what faith means to you. Registration opens January 6.
If you’ve already “Happened,” apply to be on staff for the 2020 Happening—staff retreat is February 14-17. Registration for staff opens December 2.
REALTALK: Spring Youth Gathering
April 24-26, location TBD, 6-12th grades
Learn and talk about how racism and privilege impacts our communities, and what we can do about it as Christians and young people. Based on the Diocese’s “Becoming Beloved Community” antiracism training, groups will be divided by age. Fun games, meals, and other activities will round out the weekend!  
June-July, Bellwether Farm, K-College
Minicamp, day camp, week-long camp, leadership in training camp, counselor positions…Guaranteed to be the highlight of your summer. More at bellwetherfarm.com
Episcopal Youth Event
July  5-11, Washington DC, 9-12th
Hundreds of youth from all over the Episcopal Church (USA and beyond!) will gather in DC for the most exciting week of games, learning, worship, and So. Many. Friends… This event happens only every 3 years! Applications will open Spring 2020.


We also work with and assist parishes to strengthen their own ministries with youth.


  • Summer Youth Programming: The mission office has funds available to support Vacation Bible School programs, up to a maximum of $500.
  • Summer Youth Mission Trips: The mission office, via the Bishop’s Annual Appeal, has funds available to support youth mission trips, with an emphasis on those that involve youth from more than one parish. If outside the Diocese of Ohio, see CGDM Mission as well.
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