It is often said in church circles that “young people are the future of the church.” In the dioceses of Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania, we believe that young people are the church now. We seek to provide quality programming that is accessible and valuable to youth from each of our congregations.

Episcopal Youth Event (EYE)

EYE is the triennial gathering of young people and their sponsors from every diocese of the Episcopal Church. It is a celebration to inspire deeper faith in Jesus Christ and a renewed commitment to mission and ministry. It is the single largest youth event in the Episcopal Church, attended by some 1500 young people, adult sponsors, bishops, staff, and resource people. EYE is an opportunity to meet other young people from around the world and experience the church on a global level.

Diocesan Summer Camp at Camp Nazareth

The mission of our summer camp is to provide a place apart for youth to spend time outdoors, engaging with one another, our staff, and encountering God. We hope to foster spiritual interest in those who attend camp and provide a place for them to ask questions about faith, learn about Christ, and be themselves. And we love to have a good time, too!

Summer camp is for children and youth who have finished second through twelfth grade. We run three separate programs during the week. Kids’ Camp is for children in second to fifth grade. Middle School Camp is for youth in sixth to eighth grade. High School Camp is for youth in ninth to twelfth grade. All campers come together for meals, worship and some group games.

For questions about any of our diocesan youth programs, contact Wendy Schumacher, missioner for youth and children, at 716.830.5443.