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PYM Middle School Youth Retreat Shrine Mont

6th – 8th Grade Retreat

6th – 8th Grade PYM Weekend

May 8-10, 2020

Retreat weekends are a great opportunity for youth to have fun with new and old friends and explore their faith outside the rhythm and routine of daily life. Parish Youth Ministry (PYM) is an organization within the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia.


What is PYM?

All PYM retreat weekends are held at Shrine Mont. The program begins with a whole group gathering on Friday evening. Each retreat has a spiritual theme that is integrated into activities throughout the weekend. Youth are  assigned to a small group that meets throughout the weekend and travels together to different activity stations. They will enjoy singing “camp” type songs, playing games, doing projects, and exploring Shrine Mont. It’s a great chance for the youth from one parish to connect with something bigger than just their own youth group. And if nothing else, it’s a lot of fun. On Saturday evening there’s always a fun evening program like a Carnival or a Dance. We share Holy Eucharist on Sunday morning before we head home.

In 2020

St. James’s adult youth leaders and any 6th, 7th, & 8th graders interested in participating in this fun weekend retreat. Yes, you can bring a friend who doesn’t attend St. James’s. They just need to register like everyone else.

Transportation & Logistics: TBD

Cost: The weekend costs $150 per person. You’ll also need about $20 cash to cover the cost of meals on the road trip to and from Shrine Mont. Scholarships are available by contacting Mary Beth Abplanalp. Make checks payable to “The Diocese of Virginia” with youth’s name in the memo.

To Register: Register by April 27. To register, submit 1) The registration form, 2) Check for $150 payable to The Diocese of Virginia, and 3) A 2018-2019 Youth Ministry Universal Permission Form (if not already on file), to Mary Beth Abplanalp, via hand-delivery or mail to 1205 W. Franklin Street, Richmond, VA 23220. Youth Ministry Universal Permission Forms are available  at the links below. Once you register, you’ll receive more detailed information, including a packing list.

How Many People Go to PYM?
Generally about 200 youth from across the diocese.

Where will we Stay and Eat?
Youth stay with a roommate in the Shrine Mont hotel or in cottages next to the hotel. We eat in the Shrine Mont Hotel dining hall, gather in the Ballroom for large group activities, and hold all of our other programming in or around other parts of the hotel.

Do Parents Go?
Youth typically come to PYM with their church youth group, chaperoned by their adult youth group leaders and/or youth director. PYM events are not like camp, where the youth get dropped off and then picked back up at the end. Youth must be accompanied by an adult for the weekend.

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