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Upper Room releases Discovery Year 2 manual


Discovery Weekend is a spiritual formation retreat that provides an opportunity for middle schoolers to learn about and experience the love of God. High school students, youth workers, other adult volunteers, and church staff lead the weekend, allowing the entire church to surround young people with faithful examples of love and forgiveness. Originally conceived by Rev. Melody Traylor when she was appointed to Tuscaloosa First UMC, Discovery Weekend was inspired by her experiences with The ...

The Upper Room launches Discovery Weekend for middle school students


On April 24, 2018, the following news was posted on the Upper Room Ministries Blog. The Upper Room announces the launch of Discovery Weekend, a spiritual formation retreat program for middle school students to be held in local congregations. The weekend retreat provides an opportunity for middle schoolers to learn about and experience the love of God. High school students, youth workers, and the church staff lead the weekend, while parents and the church family surround them with faithful ...

Conference proposes changes to Safe Sanctuaries policy


Since the mandate in 1996 by the General Conference for all annual conferences and local churches to adopt child protection policies, the United Methodist Church has been a leader in ensuring that the children, youth, and vulnerable adults entrusted to us are cared for in safe and loving environments. In 2003, the North Alabama Conference adopted its first Safe Sanctuaries policy, which has continued to evolve to meet the changing needs of the Annual Conference and churches across North Alabama....

Annual Encounter weekend retreat for youth will be February 17-19, 2017


The North Alabama Conference’s annual weekend retreat for youth, Encounter, will be Feb. 17-19, 2017, at the Gatlinburg Convention Center in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. The theme this year is “Focus.” Students will be invited to focus on who they are as Christians and Methodists, and what that means in their daily lives. This year’s speakers include Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett, Bishop of the North Alabama Conference Dr. Clinton Hubbard Jr., Cheaha District Superintendent and North Alabama ...

Sumatanga taking applications for 2017 Summer Camp Team


Sumatanga is now taking applications for the Summer Camp Team for 2017. The deadline for applications and references is February 11, 2017. Potential team members also will go through an interview process that begins in February.  Specific 2017 Summer Camp staff positions include Lifeguards, Craft Facilitators, Recreation Facilitators, Advanced Challenge Facilitators (oversee Alpine Tower, Giant Swing, rock climbing and zip-line), Music/Media and Counselors. Team members must be at least 18 ...

Joe Rush Center for Urban Ministry provides full-service mission camp opportunity for youth and college groups


The Joe Rush Center for Urban Ministry, a United Methodist Advance Special in Birmingham, is scheduling mission weeks for youth and college groups for 2017. This full-service mission camp provides opportunities for middle school, high school, college-aged and older groups to experience inner-city ministry by painting houses for low-income homeowners (most of whom are elderly or disabled) throughout Jefferson County. The Joe Rush Center provides all the paint supplies, leadership, bunk beds, hot ...

Young People In Mission Camp for Youth and Young Adults to be June 26-30, 2016


Young People in Mission (YPIM), a camp experience with hands-on mission opportunities for youth and young adults, will be held June 26-30,2016 at beautiful Lake Junaluska, North Carolina.   The hope is that this event serves as a launch to empower young people to serve with new eyes and a heart for Christ. Participants serve with local mission projects, worship together, fellowship and grow with family groups, dive into Bible studies, and learn from featured speakers and the City of Opportunity....

CrossRoads UMC youth seek to live in beauty, faith, holy love, and renewal


In June 2015, Rev. Jason Greene was appointed to lead a church planting team in Trinity, Alabama. They are located halfway between Decatur and Moulton and are just inside of Lawrence County. So they chose the name CrossRoads Community Church.  This church will fill a niche in this growing area where there is not a strong United Methodist presence. The new congregation's focus is on seeing the Kingdom of God made known in the community by reaching people not currently in church in the East ...

Encounter winter retreat for middle and high school students to be February 19-21, 2016


Encounter 2016 will be February 19-21, 2016, in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.  Encounter is a high intensity weekend winter retreat designed for middle and high school students to encounter and deepen their walk with Christ. It's a great opportunity for North Alabama Conference churches of all sizes to have a big experience on a budget. This annual retreat features nationally known speakers, powerful worship experiences.  North Alabama Conference Next Generation Leadership Facilitator Micah Dormann ...

Hopewell UMC Youth Day was a wonderful, worshipful day


Hopewell UMC in Pinson held its Annual Youth Day on Sunday, September 20, 2015. The theme for the observance was “We Want More…… Fill Me Up God” based on Romans 12:1. Each Guest Choir and/or Praise Dance Team contributed a selection prior to the Message from Minister Ian Hill of Greater Liberty Baptist Church in Pinson. Lay Member, Lisa Beckham commended everyone who came out for Hopewell UMC'S Youth Day saying, “We received a truly powerful message from Minister Ian Hill - “Young, Fly, and ...

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