Mission & Ministry - About Happening

Happening #143

September 18-20, 2020

Happening is a weekend renewal retreat for led by youth for youth. 10-12th graders are invited to attend any of our three annual Happenings, and we invite 9th graders to join us for our spring Happening (typically held in April).  High school students put together an incredibly moving weekend filled with learning, sharing, and building relationships. Through videos, skits, talks, and more, candidates see how God and their faith fit in with the ups and downs of high school life. Happening is designed to help youth feel the love of God and their Christian community. We hope, at the end of the weekend, everyone goes home knowing how to continue growing a relationship with God and having a group of fellow believers to rely on. It's a weekend full of fun, games, sharing, surprises, and most of all, spiritual renewal and empowerment.

Happening weekends begin on Fridays at 8:00 p.m. - candidates may arrive as 7:00 p.m. Whenever possible, candidates should not drive themselves to Happening. Once they check in, our adult team members will take their cell phones and any medicine and keys (if applicable). After the registration deadline is closed, parents will receive an email with contact numbers in case of emergencies. Candidates will jump right into the retreat after arriving Friday night, and we will grow together as a community until around 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. Please note: candidates cannot arrive late or leave early for any reason. If you need to arrive late or leave early, please make plans to attend a different Happening.

Each candidate should have a sponsor who will coordinate transportation, surprises, and more. Anyone who has previously been through Happening can serve as a sponsor. If you'd like to attend Happening but don't know anyone who can sponsor you, please reach out to our diocesan youth programs coordinator (contact information below), and she will help you find one.

Adults who are actively involved in youth ministry in the Diocese of Florida or who have children actively involved in our Happening movement may attend Happening as geritols. Geritols will be placed in an adults-only small group so the discussions are relevant and appropriate. Other than that, they'll experience Happening right beside the candidates! Because we keep adults together in a small group, we must have enough adult participants to form that group in order to allow adults to participate. If for some reason we cannot make a geritol group, you'll be notified soon after registration closes.

For more information, contact:

Lay Director:
Brooks Slater
email: slaterbrooks@gmail.com

Spirtual Director: 
Mtr. Lisa Meirow
email: lmeirow@asejax.org


What to Bring

Happening takes place at Camp Weed in Live Oak, FL. Candidates (including geritols) and team members sleep in air-conditioned cabins. Please bring:

  • Bedding (pillow, sheets, blanket, etc.)
  • Toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.)
  • Weather-appropriate clothing (for two days - and maybe an extra pair!)
  • Rain jacket or poncho
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