Don’t miss fall retreats at Chanco!

15 Nov Wknd Amy 4As our summer camp comes to a close, we hear many campers saying, “I can’t wait a whole year to come back to Chanco!”  Our answer is, “You don’t have to!” The Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia hosts retreats at Chanco throughout the year for young people grades 6-12.  These retreats are an opportunity to reunite with camp friends.  They are also fantastic programs designed to form disciples of Jesus through worship, fellowship, education, service and wellness.  They are also a ton of fun!  Don’t miss a chance for more laughter, singing, worship and friendships in Chanco’s magical woods.  Attend a youth event this school year and reunite with friends old and new.  Our Diocesan Youth Missioner, Ashley Scruggs, can be contacted for more information on any diocesan youth event and she can be reached at 757-213-3393 or at

If you are a parent who hears your child talk about the magic of Chanco and says to yourself, “I wish there15 Cursillo Table Pic was something for adults!”, we have the answer for you too!  The Cursillo movement in the Diocese of Southern Virginia hosts three retreats annually at Chanco for adults of all ages. The weekends are four days in length consisting of self-reflection, prayer, large and small group discussion, music, worship, and fellowship.   Cursillo is defined as a movement within the Episcopal Church designed to help us grow closer to Jesus Christ.  It’s also a community where we’re encouraged to live joyfully and serve faithfully in grace.  But it is truly more than that.  It is an opportunity to deepen your faith, share it with others, and make new friends from throughout our diocese who share your passion for Christ.  If any of this sounds inviting to you, please prayerfully consider attending a Cursillo weekend. For more information on Cursillo, feel free to contact Lay Director of the Cursillo Secretariat, Charlie Schindler at

See below for more information for all upcoming Chanco events. Join us at Chanco on the James this year for youth events and adult retreats designed for fun, faith and fellowship! Make new friends from throughout our diocese, find a deeper relationship with God and discover exciting worship opportunities at any of our retreat events!  Don’t wait ‘till next summer; join us for fun and faith in God’s great outdoors this school year!


Family Camp: August 18-21, 2016. This is the camp session for all ages! Bring your family for fun, fellowship, faith and friendship in God’s great outdoors. Visit for more information and on line registration.  Questions? Contact us at 888-7CHANCO (888-724-2626) or

Chanco HomecomingOctober 1-October 2, 2016.  Save the date!  It’s time to come home to Chanco!  Whether you were a retreat participant or a camper, Homecoming is for you.  Rally your Chanco friends together from far and wide and tell them to come with you back home to Chanco September 30th! More information on this event to follow. Questions? Contact Chanco at 888-7CHANCO (888-724-2626) or at

October Weekend: October 7-9, 2016. (Grades 8-12). Join with teens from all over our diocese for a weekend of great music, small groups, socials and games, meaningful discussions, a dance and really incredible worship experiences.  Come experience the presence of God in community Registration will open soon. Questions?  Contact Youth Missioner Ashley Scruggs at

Cursillo #161: Co-Ed Weekend: October 13-16, 2016.  Rector: Ronda Toll of Christ the King, Tabb. Cursillo is a movement within the Episcopal Church. It is an adult retreat designed to help us grow closer to Jesus Christ. It’s also a community where we’re encouraged to live joyfully and serve faithfully in grace.  For more information on Cursillo or to apply to be a candidate or a team member, please visit the Cursillo website at or contact Ronda at

Men, the Wilderness & God: October 21-23, 2016. Sponsored by Grace Church, Yorktown, this retreat is open to all men of the Diocese of Southern Virginia ages 16 years or older.  For additional information, contact Bob Frady at 757-639-3637 or

Pre-Happening Staff Weekend: October 29-30, 2016. Open to all Happening Alumni who are interested in serving as staff members for Happening #65. Questions?  Contact Youth Missioner Ashley Scruggs at

Happening #65: November 11-13, 2016.  (Open to grades 10-12 and adult advisors who have never attended Happening). The focal point of this weekend is learning and experiencing the love of Christ.  The weekend format includes a series of talks, movies, small group activities and worship, as well as opportunities for fellowship, fun, and making new friends. Questions?  Contact Youth Missioner Ashley Scruggs at

November Weekend: November 18-20, 2016. (Graces 6-9). Make new friends at this fall retreat at Chanco!  November Weekend includes music, games, activities, socials, small group discussions and amazing worship! Questions?  Contact Youth Missioner Ashley Scruggs at

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