Happening is a cloistered weekend. That means, for the most part, that we close ourselves off from the outside world during the weekend in order to focus inwardly. It’s a way to keep distractions to a minimum and allow the community to grow and walk together. But, what exactly is Happening? What goes on inside that cloistered community?
Happening is a spiritual awakening and renewal weekend where high school youth, and some adult participants, have a face-to-face encounter with Christ through Christian community. This is done through a series of talks, given by youth about their experiences in faith and in life. It’s honest. It’s up-front. There are no holds barred.
The weekend follows a format of talks, each followed by small-group discussion and activities. Topics covered throughout the weekend include prayer, faith, Jesus, and our individual calls to ministry in the world. Scattered between the talks and small group sessions are lots of fun songs and games, and worship through liturgies that youth may or may not have experienced before. We come together for praise, for reconciliation, for healing. Of course, there are a few fun surprises throughout the weekend!