“Best time of my life…”
During a Happening weekend, we worship, play, sing, and talk about God’s place in our lives. We make new friends who share similar concerns and questions – a reassuring discovery. A teen who acts as “rector” leads the weekend with the help of a staff consisting mostly of youth. Some staff members give challenging talks, after which there’s time for discussion and activity. Together, the staff and participants share in an exploration of the impact of Christian faith in our daily lives.
Two weekends are held each year at the Diocese of Georgia Episcopal Conference Center, Honey Creek in Waverly, Georgia. A steering committee made up of youth and adults from each convocation meets two times a year to select the staff for the upcoming Happening. There are Happening reunion groups led by volunteer adults and youth in some communities across the diocese. The program is under the direction of the Right Rev'd Scott A. Benhase, Episcopal Bishop of Georgia. Sarah Brittany Sandbach (706-836-0992) serves as the volunteer Lay Coordinator of the Happening program.
What is Happening?
Happening is a Christian experience presented by teenagers for teenagers. It is designed for youth in grades 10 – 12 and sponsored by the Episcopal Church. Most young people have serious questions about Jesus and the Church. Happening is designed to address these questions. During a Happening weekend, participants experience the love of Christ as shown through prayer, worship, and the ministry of peers, clergy, and lay adults. The Happeners are encouraged to make their renewed faith a part of their everyday lives. Happening shows how Christianity can keep pace with the many changes in our lives and our world.
“Lasts a lifetime…”
A Happening experience is just a beginning. The idea is to get closer to God during the weekend and then to continue growing in the Christian way of life. Happeners are encouraged to participate fully in the life of their local congregation.