Youth Encounter Spirit (Y.E.S.)

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A weekend retreat for 6th-8th grade youth in the Episcopal Diocese of Texas

A Youth Encounter Spirit (Y.E.S.) weekend brings together members of the 6th-8th-grade youth of the Diocese of Texas as a Christian community. The focus is on "who Christ is." Y.E.S. helps foster a clearer appreciation of self, richer relationships with others, and a deeper experience with Jesus. The aim is for those who attend to discover new things about themselves, their relationships, God, and the church. The weekend is designed to provide an atmosphere of openness where participants can ask questions and have the freedom to explore answers without fear of judgment. A team of adults and teens plan and run the weekend. There are two adults who are called "Lead Adults," and at least one priest who is called the "Spiritual Director." Music and games are a very important part of the weekend.

The registration fee for the Y.E.S. weekend is $75 and includes meals and lodging.


FAQs about Y.E.S.

For questions regarding Y.E.S., contact Stephanie Townes, Missioner for Congregational Vitality: Youth and Young Adults.


Steering Committee        

Lay Director Stormie Bryant  
Music Alex Hillis       
Registrar  Aubrey Smith
Spiritual Director The Rev. Rohani Weber
Supplies Lise Harding
Church Relations  Davis Mathis