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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 ...

Behold Ministries holds 30th annual retreat to discover, develop and deploy young disciples


by Rev. John Hill What’s it like for more than 700 youth to sing, dance and worship? LOUD and AMAZING. Over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend (Jan. 17-19, 2015), Behold Ministries held their 30th annual retreat at Sumatanga and it was awesome. Behold was honored to have Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett in attendance to witness first-hand this ministry. In response to a thank you e-mail in which the weekend was recapped, she responded, “It sounds a lot like discover, develop and deploy to ...

SIFAT to offer 48-hour slum experience


Searching for dynamic youth events to motivate students? SIFAT's "48: A Slum Experience" is an event you should consider for your group. The fifth annual retreat will be held January 17-19, 2015. It's the weekend of the Martin Luther King holiday, so school will be out that Monday. Students and leaders will experience life as nearly a billion of our brothers and sisters around the world live every single day. For 48 hours, participants who live in SIFAT’s simulated urban slum are challenged to ...

Back-to-school Resources Available on GBOD Website


A collection of back-to-school resources to help congregations and families prepare for the new school year – from prayers and litanies to articles about bullying – are now available at the General Board of Discipleship (GBOD) website. The resources for youth, children and adults were compiled by staff members at GBOD to help church leaders plan for the back-to-school season. “Our back-to-school collection of resources reflects how GBOD is serving the needs of families and church leaders,” ...

Anniston First UMC youth give mission new life


Thirty-eight students from Anniston put down their smartphones and picked up paint brushes to give Hiland Park United Methodist Church’s outreach mission a serious facelift.  “A lot of it was construction, painting and yard work,” said 18-year-old youth group member Justin Fuller. “It was a lot of hard work, but it was fun.” The youth mission team from Anniston First UMC traveled to Panama City during the first week of July for six days to work at Hiland Park United Methodist’s mission for the...

Fayette First UMC youth spend summer serving


As the summer vacation is winding down, Fayette First UMC Youth are winding down a summer of serving.  More than 30 students have served in one of four different missions over the past two months.  Their summer motto, “Jesus came to serve, not to be served” rang throughout not only their community, but their state and world. Their first summer mission trip involved helping build porches on two different homes in the Cuba, AL area with Alabama Rural Ministry.  They learned that serving isn’t just...

In the News: Madison UMC youth serve with stay-at-home mission


On Wednesday, July 2, 2014, The Madison Record published a story about the Madison UMC youth stay-at-home mission this summer. See the original story at Madison UMC youth’s stay-at-home mission benefits God’s Garden by Gregg Parker MADISON – Madison United Methodist Church youth reconsidered their annual, out-of-state mission trip, stayed home and got their hands dirty to help feed people ...

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