National Acolyte Festival


The National Acolyte Festival is an annual event put on by the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. It is an opportunity to join Acolytes from across the United States to celebrate the ministry of Acolytes. The day begins with a service of Holy Eucharist and continues with a festive afternoon of workshops, behind-the-scenes tours, food, fun and games.

YAYA ministries is organizing a trip to the National Acolyte Festival for the churches in the Diocese of Michigan.

LIMITED SPACES – First Come, First Serve

Acolytes Groups are allowed to go. A group must have at least one adult and two youth. No more than one adult for each 5 youth can attend. (1-5 youth: 1 adult, 6-10 youth: 2 adults, 11-15 youth: 3 adults). There are a limited number of spaces and this is designed to be a youth event.

Cost: $100/person – covers travel, food, and Festival costs. This event is being subsidized by the YAYA Ministries budget to allow access for everyone. If additional scholarships are needed, please contact Eric Travis, the Missioner for Youth and Young Adults at

Friday, Oct 11, 2019

  • Everyone arrive at Trinity, Belleville by 8:30am
  • We will travel by chartered bus
  • Leave Trinity, Belleville at 9am
  • Eat lunch along the way
  • Travel to Christ Church, Alexandria, VA, our host church
  • Have dinner
  • Spend the night at Christ Church. You will need to bring sleeping bags

Saturday, Oct 12, 2019

  • Breakfast at Christ Church
  • Travel to Washington National Cathedral by chartered bus
  • Acolyte Festival – Lunch included
  • Spend time at Smithsonian Museum
  • Back to Christ Church for dinner, activities and sleep

Sunday, Oct 13, 2019

  • Breakfast at Christ Church
  • Worship service at Christ Church, then leave
  • Travel to Trinity, Belleville
  • Eat lunch along the way
  • Arrive at Trinity, Belleville around 7:00pm
If you are going with us, you do not need to register at the National Acolyte Festival page, just fill out the information below. Eric Travis will take care of that registration. If you have any question contact Eric at