What to Pack:
Happening takes place at at local host church or organization.
Sheets, blanket, pillow
Comfortable clothes, shoes
Medical release form - will be emailed or download HERE
Happening is a weekend renewal retreat led by youth for youth. 10-12th graders are invited to attend any of our two annual Happenings, and we invite 9th graders to join us for our Spring Happening. High school students put together an incredibly moving weekend filled with learning, sharing, and building relationships. Through videos, skits, talks, and more, Happeners see how God and their faith fit in with the ups and downs of high school life. Happening is designed to help youth feel the love of God and their Christian community. We hope, at the end of the weekend, everyone goes home knowing how to continue growing a relationship with God and having a group of fellow believers to rely on. It's a weekend full of fun, games, sharing, surprises, and most of all, spiritual renewal and empowerment.
Happening weekends begin on Friday evening. Whenever possible, Happeners should not drive themselves to Happening. Once they check in, our adult team members will take their cell phones and any medicine and keys (if applicable). After the registration deadline is closed, parents will receive an email with contact numbers in case of emergencies. Happeners will jump right into the retreat after arriving Friday night, and we will grow together as a community until around 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. Please note: Happeners cannot arrive late or leave early for any reason. If you need to arrive late or leave early, please make plans to attend a different Happening.
Staff members must have attended a previous Happening and be actively involved in an Episcopal church or youth group to apply. Once applications have closed, the core staff for the weekend will select and assign staff members roles for the weekend. Attending the staff weekend and the entire Happening weekend (beginning at 12pm on Friday) are requirements for serving on staff.
All 10th - 12th graders of any faith are welcome to attend a Happening weekend. Additionally, 9th graders are welcome to attend the spring Happening weekend. You will need email addresses for your priest, youth leader, parents, and sponsor (see more info below). The registration fee for the weekend is $75.
Each candidate should have a sponsor who will coordinate transportation, surprises, and more. Anyone who has previously been through Happening can serve as a sponsor. If you'd like to attend Happening but don't know anyone who can sponsor you, please reach out to our Happening Coordinator (contact information below). If you need financial assistance or need help finding a sponsor, please contact the Happening Coordinator or the Diocesan Happening Steering Committee Chair.
Happening in the Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast is a ministry led by the Happening Steering Committee. The Steering Committee is a group of youth and adults who meet quarterly to prayerfully lead and guide Happening into the future. Past Happeners of any age are encouraged to apply and help keep Happening a thriving ministry in the Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast.
Happening Steering Committee:
Spiritual Director: The Rev. Mary Alice Mathison
Happening Steering Committee Chair: Deacon Rachel Iversen
Registrar: Carmen Kimmons
Member: The Rt. Rev. George Young (retired bishop)
Happening Coordinator: Meghan Johnson
Lay Rector #62: Lucy Stevenson
Head Gopher #62: Sarah Claire Carswell
Bishop: Russell Kendrick
Happening Steering Committee Applications are now available:
Happening Steering Committee Applications are now available. Please click here to fill out an application if you are interested in serving on the committee. Applicants should have served on at least one team and be a Sophomore or above in high school.