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Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia
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Newport News, VA 23606-3071
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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:

Pre-Happening Staff Weekend - March 2-3, 2019 at Chanco on the James
Applications are due Feb. 15, 2019. Click here for the 2018-2019 Happening Staff Application.

Happening #70 - March 15-17, 2019 at Chanco on the James
Happening is an experiential weekend retreat for young adults that may just change your life.  Come and see what it's like to be transformed by God's love! Open to all young adults grade 10 and up. Click here for details and registration. Registration deadline is Feb. 15, 2019.

Youth Zoom Meeting with Bishop Magness - March 21, 6:30 p.m. Online. Calling all youth in the Diocese of Southern Virginia! Bishop Magness is hosting a listening session via Zoom on Thursday, March 21 at 6:30 p.m. to provide an opportunity to hear your thoughts and dreams about Episcopal Youth Community events and programming. To join the conversation send an email to aturner@diosova.org for meeting login info. 

May Weekend - May 17-19, 2019 at Chanco on the James
Mark your calendar and plan to be a part of this fantastic youth weekend! Details coming soon!

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.

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

Youth Ministry Community Covenant

Youth Ministry Health Form

Chanco Release Form

Adult Leader Information Form for Youth Events

2018-2019 Happening Staff Application

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 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.