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STEP Conference to equip those in ministry with young people

by: Emily Nelms Chastain


The North Alabama Conference Connectional Ministries announces a new event for those working with young people. STEP Conference: Creating Pathways of Long-Term Discipleship will take place on April 24-25, 2020, at Trinity UMC in Homewood. STEP Conference will be an opportunity for all those who focus on the discipleship of young people to gather and learn how to best sustain ministry across age-levels. This training event will be open to children and youth leaders, as well as offering segments ...

Applications now open for new Conference Youth Leadership Team and Conference Young Adult Leadership Team


This year, the North Alabama Conference will start a Conference Youth Leadership Team (CYLT) and a Conference Young Adult Leadership Team (CYALT), in accordance with The Book of Discipline ¶649 and 650 respectively. These teams will offer the opportunity for youth and young adults (and adults who support them) throughout the Annual Conference to gather and discuss important topics related to the United Methodist Church, locally and globally, as well as, promote youth and young adult involvement ...

New training opportunity for Children’s, Youth and Family Ministries leaders to be held in April 2020


Every ministry leader needs access to training that will help develop them into better leaders, and also allow them to nourish their soul and have a communal experience.   One of the most valuable tools offered by the Conference to youth and children’s ministry leaders throughout the last fifty years is mentorship and training. Whether it was through camping or being a chaperone or traveling to the National Youth Workers Convention, the Conference Connectional Ministries Office has provided ...

Applications open for the 2020 North Alabama Annual Conference Youth, Young Adult and Wesley Foundation Convocations and Page Program


The Office of Connectional Ministries and Leadership Development has successfully collaborated with the District Offices for the past four Annual Conferences to increase the investment toward the participation of young people in the life of the North Alabama Annual Conference. This participation of young people at the Annual Conference meeting has grown the ability of young leaders to serve in other areas of the Church as well. More young people are participating on Conference teams and ...

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 ...

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