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Youth Ministry in Southern Virginia


Upcoming Programs & Events

Youth programs in the Episcopal Diocese of Southern of Southern Virginia are designed to offer a variety of opportunities for a diverse pool of youth. All programs seek to form disciples of Jesus through worship, fellowship, education, service and wellness.

Upcoming youth events at Chanco on the James:

May Weekend - May 18-20, 2018. For grades 6-12. CANCELLED

Youth Service at Chanco - May 20, 4 p.m. Click here for more information.

Senior Week at Camp Chanco (Session 5) - August 12-17, 2018. A special program for older teens who have completed grades 9-12. Click here for info and registration. Jointly sponsored by diocesan Youth Ministries and Camp Chanco.

To register for an event, youth must provide completed copy of the Youth Event Registration and Permission Form
Adult leaders must provide completed copy of the Adult Leader Information Form for Youth Events
Please bring signed copies of the forms with you to the event.

Register online or by mailing the completed forms along with payment to:
       Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia
      11827 Canon Blvd., Suite 101, Newport News, VA 23606

Click here for our Event Registration, Payment & Refund Policy.


Recommended resources for Youth Ministry

DIOSOVA Youth Ministry Safety Standards

Safe Church & Social Media



Youth Event Registration and Permission Form

Youth Ministry Community Covenant

Adult Leader Information Form for Youth Events

2017-2018 Happening Staff Application

Youth Ministry Leadership

Happening Team
The Happening Team coordinates all aspects of the Happening Program in our diocese including weekend planning, staff oversight, and reunion weekends. We meet approximately monthly.  The team is chaired by Karen Witherspoon, kspoon143@yahoo.com.

The Christian Education Network of Southern Virginia supports lay and ordained, professional and volunteer educators.  We meet monthly for lunch to share resources and problem-solve, and we gather quarterly for special programs with engaging speakers. For more information on CE-Net contact the co-chairs: Vicky Koch (vkoch@stpaulsnorfolk.org, 757-627-4353, ext. 23) or Megan Dern (megan.dern@goodshepherdnorfolk.org, 970-381-4321)

Chanco on the James Camp and Conference Center
Chanco on the James is our diocesan retreat center and residential summer camping ministry.  The Executive Director is Gareth Kalfas.  Contact Gareth at director@chanco.org.

Chanco Chaplain Program
Each summer a team of dedicated clergy and lay ministers serve the Camp Chanco community as members of the chaplain team.  Visiting Chaplains commit to celebrating one Eucharist, while Residential Chaplains stay on-site during sessions to teach chaplain class, provide pastoral care, and lead morning devotions.  If you are interested in being part of this important and rewarding ministry, contact Gareth Kalfas at Chanco, director@chanco.org.