New Beginnings Weekend

October 26-28, 2007
Galilee Camp and Conference Center

Participant & Sponsor Deadline: October 19th
Staff Member Deadline: September 24th

What is New Beginnings?

New Beginnings is a weekend retreat for middle school youth in grades 6-8. It focuses on the 2 greatest commandments: loving God with all of our heart, mind, and strength, and loving our neighbors as ourselves.

This fast-paced weekend, is run by a team of youth and youth leaders, and consists of a series of talks, skits, videos, games, music and worship. Some of the topics covered include:

  • Who Am I
  • Friends
  • Peer Influence
  • Changes
  • Family
  • God's Love
  • Who is Jesus?
  • The Church and Me
  • Prayer
  • Sharing Gifts

The weekend starts at 7:00 pm on Friday night and  finishes at 3:00 pm on Sunday.

Who can attend a New Beginnings Weekend?

New Beginnings is designed for middle school youth who are currently in grades 6, 7, or 8. Participants do not have to be Episcopalian, but you must be recommended by the parish priest, pastor, or youth minister from the church you attend and have a sponsor who will also be present at the event. Youth who are not members of a church should contact the youth minister or priest of the local Episcopal congregation for sponsorship.

Every church sending youth to a New Beginnings weekend must send an adult sponsor from that church, and they must be present during the entire weekend. For every three youth registered from a single congregation there must be one adult sponsor. For more information about being a New Beginnings sponsor, see the link below.

Who staffs a New Beginnings Weekend?

The New Beginnings weekend is run by high school students (grades 10-12) and both young adult and adult team members. Essential to this ministry is the idea that youth leadership models a Christian community with love and acceptance of every member. Leadership roles include Tribe Leaders, speakers, and a Prayer, Care and Share (PSC) Team. The Weekend Advisors are adults who coordinate all the activities during the weekend, and an Episcopal priest acts as a spiritual director. Sponsors are responsible for transporting their participants, supervising their youth during curfew times, and serve as support to the team during the entire weekend.

How much does it cost?

The cost for the event is $100 per person. Meals, accommodations, materials, and a t-shirt are included. Financial assistance is available. See the registration form for details. Please make checks payable to the Episcopal Diocese of Nevada.

How do I register?

Download the registration packet from this page, fill out all the forms completely and make sure you have all the required signatures. Please note that there are separate registration packets for Participants (youth attending New Beginnings for the first time), Staff Members, and Sponsors. Send your completed forms along with $100 (or a completed Scholarship Request form to the address on the registration sheet.

I still need more infomation!

No problem! Just contact Kathy Hopner, New Beginnings Program Coordinator. You can send her an email by clicking here. You can also contact Karen Johanns at Trinity Episcopal Church in Reno by calling 775-329-4279. Karen is one of the youth minister for the area Episcopal parishes and will assist Kathy during the New Beginnings weekend.

Registration Station

New Beginnings Brochure

Participant Registration Form

Sponsor Info & Registration Form

Youth/Adult Staff Info & Registration Form


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