10 questions you can ask your child about Miqra 2018

  1. What tribe were you in? who else was in your tribe? who was your tribe leader?
    All youth and adults are assigned to a small group for the weekend called a tribe. They are named after the 12 tribes of Israel.
  2. Did you read the Bible this weekend? What book(s) did you read? Do you remember what it was about? Did you read by yourself or with a friend? How many times did you read? Did you ever read in the middle of the night?
  3. What workshops did you go to? Why did you pick that workshop? What did you learn? Which workshop did you like better?
    We offered two workshop times, one on Saturday and one on Sunday. Youth could select which workshop they wanted to attend. The choices were:
    The prophet Isaiah, led by The Very Rev. Patrick Funston, St. Paul’s, Manhattan
    The Apocrypha, led by Mr. Mike Morrow, St. John’s, Wichita
    Difficult & Confusing parts of the Bible, led by The Rev. Canon Torey Lightcap
    Bible Translations, led by The Rev. Casey Rohleder, St. Luke’s, Wamego
    The Gospels, led by The Rev. Katie Knoll Lenon, St. Luke’s, Shawnee
    Homosexuality and the Bible, led by Mr. Dillon Green, intern at K-State Canterbury House (this was offered for high school students only, several of our middle school students were very upset about that!)
  4. What’s in the Bible? What types of literature are in the Bible? Who wrote the Bible? What are some other names for the New and Old Testament?
    On Saturday we have a session called Bible 101 where we answer these questions. Afterwords, the Junior High Students went on a Bible photo safari and the Senior High students compared and contrasted the two stories of creation in Genesis.
  5. What’s the story in the bible?
    On Saturday, tribes competed to put 16 events from the Bible in the correct chronological order (how did your child’s tribe do?). We also looked at some tl;dr versions of the Bible (ask them if they remember what that abbreviation means!).
  6. How many people did you turn into Zombies?
    On Saturday night, we played a crazy zombie game! (Many thanks to Megan Upton Tyner, a high school speech and theater teacher who also regularly leads our junior high camp.)
  7. Which prayer stations did you try? which was your favorite? Was it difficult to stay quiet for the full time?
    On Saturday night after the crazy game, we set up 8 prayer stations in the nave. We asked the students to put their phones on the altar and be completely silent for about 50 minutes and take their time to experience the stations.
  8. Why should I read the Bible? How do Episcopalians interpret the Bible? Why is it confusing to read/interpret the Bible literally? What Bible verse did your tribe study/skit? What questions do you still have about the Bible?
    On Sunday, we have a session called Bible 102 where we answer these questions. Afterwords, Junior High students prepared a skit on one of the funniest stories of the Bible and Senior High students used a Bible commentary to study a passage from Acts.
  9. What did you learn in the anti-racism training session? When did you first learn racism existed? Do you have any questions about your family heritage? Was there a story shared that stood out for you?
    Sunday night, Mrs. Teresa Ryther, Christian Formation coordinator at Good Shepherd in Wichita, led the tribes through some discussion questions from the diocesan anti-racism training.
  10. Which movie did you choose to watch? why did you pick that one?
    Sunday night, we offered one movie in the Nave and one in the Parish Hall and youth could pick which one they wanted to watch.

Camp registration is open!

Register here: https://edok.formstack.com/forms/camp2018
Camp Wood Release forms: https://edok.formstack.com/forms/camp_wood_releases

Who can go: Camp is open to those who have finished grades 3-12. Campers do not need to be Episcopalian; their friends and family are welcome, too!

New Pricing Structure, New Deadline

  • $440 if registered by April 1
  • $455 if registered April 2-May 11
  • $470 if registered or paid after May 11

A $25 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of registration. The remaining registration fee is due by Friday, May 11.

Register by April 1 to be eligible for scholarships, including the $25 sibling scholarship.

First time campers registered by April 1 will be entered into a drawing to win a $100 scholarship!

Make a camp commercial for a chance to win a $140 scholarship! Details here.

The intention of camp scholarship is to support students from Episcopal parishes whose families have low-income to attend camp when they otherwise might not be able to. We ask that all families contribute something to the cost of camp, no matter how small, and that parishes match the funds the diocese provides. We believe a strong sense of pride and ownership is developed if the recipient has contributed to the cost of their involvement.

  • Campers must register by April 1 to be considered for scholarships.
  • Preference will be given to Episcopalians active in their parish and/or the diocesan youth program.
  • Preference will be given to those living at or below the poverty line for the state of Kansas.
  • Scholarship amounts will be based on ALL household income and the number of dependents.
  • Preference may be given to households sending more than one camper to camp.
  • Scholarship grants will be the decision of the 3-member Scholarship Committee.
  • Financial data and recipients will be kept confidential.

You must register for camp to apply for a scholarship; the application is part of the registration form.

Find out more on the Camp website and Camp FAQ.

MEGA Camp Commercial Contest

Youth are invited to participate in the 2018 Episcopal Summer MEGA Camp Commercial Contest! Winner gets a partial scholarship to camp!

  1. Create a video which answers one or more of these questions:
    1. Why do YOU love camp?
    2. What is your favorite thing about camp?
    3. What is your favorite memory from camp?
    4. Why should other people go?
    5. What is Episcopal Summer Mega Camp like?
  2. Must also include:
    1. The official name for camp: Episcopal Summer “Mega” Camp
    2. The dates for camp: June 3-9, 2018
    3. The grades who can come to camp: those who have finished Grades 3-12
    4. If you have the ability to add text to your video, please put the web site on it: https://edokyouth.wordpress.com/camp
  3. Should be no longer than 2 minutes and 15 seconds (shorter is okay!)
  4. Due by Thursday, February 1, 2018
  5. Photos of last summer’s camps are available on Flickr and Facebook
  6. Post to YouTube, tag #MegaCamp2018 and e-mail or Facebook message the link or file to Karen Schlabach, kschlabach@episcopal-ks.org.

Entries will be judged by a team of youth workers. We’re looking for a video to promote camp to parishes. We want to see videos with a clear message which will appeal to youth, parents, and clergy.

At least one person will be selected to win a $140 scholarship to camp!

Previous year’s entries are available on YouTube.

Fall Fun Fest Family Group

At Fall Fun Fest, we split into family groups. We asked each member to share a little bit of personal information so we could get to know one-another. Depending on how well participants knew each other, how many other youth events they had attended, and their own personal experience, traits, etc., each person shared a different level of information. We then asked them to reflect on that experience of sharing and think about what they shared and why.

We asked and recorded the responses, “What other qualities does a person need to demonstrate before you would share more personal information?” Here was what they came up with:

  • Caring
  • Discipline
  • Confidentiality
  • Relatable
  • The Right to NOT share
  • Trustworthy
  • Honest
  • Dependable
  • Respectful
  • Listener
  • Someone who can sense your needs
  • Shared experience
  • Accepting of others
  • Accepting of boundaries
  • Sense of humor
  • Reliable

At diocesan youth events, our goal is to create a Christian Community. We want it to be a safe place for everyone where participants can have fun and be themselves. But it takes everyone working together to make that happen. The things we came up with above are essential for us to live out this goal.

Fall Fun Fest 2017

The Rev. Betty Glover spoke with the participants at Fall Fun Fest tonight about Desmond Tutu and Ubuntu, “Africans believe in something that is difficult to render in English. We call it ubuntu, botho. It means the essence of being human. You know when it is there and when it is absent. It speaks about humaneness, gentleness, hospitality, putting yourself out on behalf of others, being vulnerable. It embraces compassion and toughness. It recognizes that my humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together.”

Following Betty’s talk, we had the youth pair off and practice welcoming conversations. We talked about why it was important in a Christian Community to be intentional about welcoming people who are new. We also asked the youth, “Where do you see God in other people?” So often, when we ask people “Where do you see God?” the response has to do with the wonders of nature. But God’s work is often done on earth by those around us. We challenged the youth to recognize those nudges we might see to reach out to others, to pay attention, to listen, to see, to be God’s hands and feet in the world.

GOW 2017, Day 1

The Girls received a pink hat when they checked in and are loving them. We spent some time talking about body image and all the things our bodies allow us to do. We are using Psalm 139 a lot this weekend, which is absolutely beautiful if you’re not familiar!

1 O Lord, you have searched me and known me.
2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from far away.
3 You search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways.
4 Even before a word is on my tongue, O Lord, you know it completely.
5 You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is so high that I cannot attain it.
7 Where can I go from your spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence?
8 If I ascend to heaven, you are there; if I make my bed in Sheol, you are there.
9 If I take the wings of the morning and settle at the farthest limits of the sea,
10 even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me fast.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light around me become night,”
12 even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is as bright as the day, for darkness is as light to you.
13 For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes beheld my unformed substance. In your book were written all the days that were formed for me, when none of them as yet existed.
17 How weighty to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!
18 I try to count them—they are more than the sand; I come to the end —I am still with you.
19 O that you would kill the wicked, O God, and that the bloodthirsty would depart from me—
20 those who speak of you maliciously, and lift themselves up against you for evil!
21 Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord? And do I not loathe those who rise up against you?
22 I hate them with perfect hatred; I count them my enemies.
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my thoughts.
24 See if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

The guys started their weekend watching the documentary The Masks We Live In and are delving more into content today. Both groups closed the evening with Compline.

Camp Saturday 2017

Scripture Story: Romans 8:35,37–39
Scripture Focus: Romans 8:38–39 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Theological Summary: Nothing can separate us from God’s love for us shown in Jesus Christ.
Campers will:

  • understand how the magnitude of interconnectedness influences their encounters in the world
  • declare that they are connected to God’s love in Christ no matter what
  • identify things that try to disconnect them from God
  • become equipped to share the good news with others
  • reflect on what things from camp will help them keep their connection to God

Every camper received an award from their counselor and all the counselors got an award from their camp director.

We had an instructioned Eucharist – a hybrid program/worship time. For the sermon they did a guided meditation on connections. They had to think of a time when they felt like they were lost or separated from the parents/friends, but the good news is, nothing can separate us from the love of Christ! 10 campers filled ministry positions for the Eucharist. We completed our thank you notes and had a meet-and-greet session with the senior high campers. Elementary ended their camp with a talent show! We had an amazing creative ballet performance by two male campers, gymnastics, lots of jokes and singers.

Junior High
We talked about the connections we have made this week with scripture and during program time. We talked about the “dismissal” during Eucharist and how the Eucharist is building us up to go out into the world. This links to the Ark of the Covenant, which the Israelites carried around to remind them of God’s promises. Each camper made their own “Arks” in family groups to take home what they learned this week. For worship, we had Eucharist and we used the bread our campers baked earlier in the week. The sermon talked about the metaphor of the vine, and how we can remain connected to each other but go out into the world and do what we’ve learned: love one another! Junior High ended their camp with a dance! They also got to hang out by the camp fire.

Senior High
During program we did skits in our family groups about injustices and how society tries to keep those injustices in place and what we as Christians can do to respond. The kids came up with them on their own and they were AMAZING! Then we created an interconnectedness web about how we are all connected to each other to demonstrate that when we are out in the world and we are trying to respond to injustices, there is risk and vulnerability, but we have this web of people lifting us up and reminding us who we are and where we came from. We had the “senior game show” where we asked the graduating seniors for their first camp memory, first camp crush, what they’d be doing next year, and what advice they’d give younger campers. We had a special farewell Eucharist and blessing for the graduating seniors and they each got envelopes of letters that everyone in camp contributed to. We closed the evening with a DANCE!

Breakfast: French Toast and sausage or ham
Lunch: Sloppy Joes
Supper: fried chicken, mashed potatoes, rolls, and cake!