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Newport News, VA 23606-3071
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Youth Ministry in Southern Virginia


EYC Virtual Hangout is back!

The EYC Board will be hosting virtual game nights the first and the third Thursday of the month over zoom at 5 p.m.  Youth from across the Diocese are invited to join as we play games, build community and spend some time in prayer.  We will use the same Zoom link week to week, but youth who are interested in joining us will need to register here to obtain the Zoom link.  Stay tuned in for more details to come about what games we will be playing week to week.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Megan Dern at mdern@diosova.org or at 757-213-3393.

Upcoming Programs & Events

Thursday Virtual Hangouts
We continue to encourage youth who are looking to connect with other youth in the Episcopal Community to join us on the first and third Thursdays of the month for games over zoom and a little fellowship. If your church’s youth group isn’t currently meeting, this is a great place for your youth to come and still be engaged. Sign up here

If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Youth Missioner, Megan Dern, at mdern@diosova.org or 757-423-8287

To register for an in-person 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.

Click here for the Youth Event Packing List

Click here for the Youth Event Scholarship Application

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

Send all forms and payment to:
      Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia
      11827 Canon Blvd., Suite 101, Newport News, VA 23606


Recommended resources for Youth Ministry

DIOSOVA Youth Ministry Safety Standards

Safe Church & Social Media



Youth Event Registration and Permission Form

Community Standards for Youth Programs

EYC & Chanco Release & Medical Form

Adult Leader Information Form for Youth Events

Youth Event Scholarship 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 Vicky Koch, vkoch@stpaulsnorfolk.org, 757-627-4353, ext. 23.

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 number of dedicated visiting clergy partner with the summer Residential Chaplain to serve the Camp Chanco community.  Visiting clergy commit to celebrating one Eucharist, while the Residential Chaplain stays on-site during the summer 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.