SCHOLARSHIPS: Available upon request during registration
NEXT FULL RETREAT: We won’t hold another Pre-TEC retreat until it is safe to do so after COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.
What happens at a Pre-TEC retreat?
Pre-TEC retreats have been happening since 2012. Our activities are uniquely designed to suit the middle school age group. We call it “Pre-TEC” simply because these weekends are intended to be a gateway into (not a copy of) the high school TEC weekend. These retreats lay a foundation for both teens and their families to have a positive Episcopal retreat experience in a community full of God’s Agape love. Over the past five years, many kids have said that these retreats have given them the confidence to go to the high school TEC retreat (Teens Encounter Christ) retreats knowing that it will be a positive experience. Many of these kids also see each other again at one of our ECMN summer camps.
Each Pre-TEC retreat has a unique theme that arises from a TEC retreat topic.
On Friday night we open with a lot of welcoming, large group activities. After we’ve gotten to know one another, we dig into the retreat theme. Typically we watch several relevant videos, and then we explore a set of prayer stations in the sanctuary that are designed to help kids have a hands on experience with our theme. We have snacks and play a few more games before lights out.
On Saturday morning we wake up with music and more team building games. Then we hear a few talks by our high school leaders about how our retreat theme applied to their lives in middle school. These talks are very interactive and often include videos as well. Weather permitting, we go outside before lunch.
On Saturday afternoon everyone works together to design our own “Rite III” worship service. We get to pick our own scripture, song, story, and art that helps us share our retreat experience with our parents and guests who arrive at 5pm.
This program continues to grow. Over fifty middle school students from 17 Episcopal faith communities participated in our last two retreats. It is our hope that more and more churches will join in creating a unifying opportunity for Episcopal middle school students from around the state. Please contact Sarah Barnett, your missioner for Children, Youth, and Camp, with any questions, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where does Pre-TEC happen?
Below is a list of our previous themes and host churches. We have six rotating themes that are based on some of the high school TEC (Teens Encounter Christ) talk themes, and we have not repeated a host church yet!
Fall 2012: Made in God’s Image (St. John’s, White Bear Lake)
Spring 2013: New Life in Christ (St. John’s, White Bear Lake)
Fall 2013: Face Grace (Church of the Epiphany, Plymouth)
Spring 2014: God is Love (Calvary Episcopal Church, Rochester)
Fall 2014: Hear. Speak. Feel. (Christ Episcopal Church, Red Wing)
Spring 2015: What is Holy? (St. Luke’s, Minneapolis)
Fall 2015: Made in God’s Image (St. Luke’s, Rochester)
Spring 2016: New Life in Christ (St. Matthew’s, St. Paul)
Fall 2016: Face Grace (Nativity Episcopal Church, Burnsville)
Spring 2017: God is Love (St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, Roseville)
Fall 2017: Hear. Speak. Feel. (Christ Episcopal Church, Woodbury)
Spring 2018: What is Holy? (St. John’s, St. Paul)
Fall 2018: Made in God’s Image (St. Mark’s, Minneapolis)
Spring 2019: New Life in Christ (St. Anne’s, Sunfish Lake)
Fall 2019: Face Grace (St. John’s, Minneapolis)
Spring 2020: God is Love (virtual)