LAGR Children and Youth Activities

 

Shoreline Camping Opportunity Comes to LaGrange District!

The Conference Camping and Retreat Ministries has developed a new residential camp program that will be held in July 2017 at the Frank G. Lumpkin Boy Scout Camp on West Point Lake in LaGrange, GA.  Activities will include sailing, water tubing/skiing, low and high ropes courses, overnight campouts, daily chapel, crafts, swimming (pool and lake), archery and other typical camp activities. Youth in the LaGrange District are invited to participate the week of July 9-14.  Only 90 camper spaces are available! Total cost for the week is $475.  Full and partial scholarships are available.  Churches are asked to provide 1 Safe Sanctuary-trained adult volunteers for each 10 campers.  Click here to download a letter from Russell Davis, Executive Director of the North Georgia Camping and Retreat Ministries, or you can contact Russell at russell@ngcrm.org or 678-533-1451.

Youth Delegates Needed
The LaGrange District is to provide 4 youth delegates to Annual Conference in Athens June 13-15, 2017.  Active youth between the ages of 14 and 18 are encouraged to submit an application form.  The Board of Laity will meet in January to select 4 youth and possibly 2 alternates.  Applications are available from the district office or can be downloaded here.  Deadline for submitting an application is January 13, 2017.  The district will pay for accommodations for youth delegates.  They are responsible for their own transportation to Athens.  The district is also in need of five young adult delegates (ages 19-35).  If you are a young adult or know of a young adult who might be interested in serving in this capacity, please notify the district office. 
 
The District Youth Coordinator for the LaGrange District is Rev. Blake Trent.  He can be reached at blake@lagrangefumc.org.  Blake and other youth ministers in the district are preparing for a special event for youth and youth workers at the District Training event on Sunday, January 29, 2017 at the Providence UMC in Fayetteville.  There will be a special worship opportunity followed by breakout sessions for the youth and adult volunteers.  Be on the lookout for more information coming soon!
 
YMI registrations begin for 2017
The Youth Ministry Institute (YMI) in the North Georgia Conference is an informational, practical, and relational training for people who serve in youth ministry. Whether paid staff or volunteer, a ministry presence of Christ in the lives of teenagers is important and deserves to be treated as such. That's why we offer a year-long training experience for youth leaders of all levels of experience.

We'll be starting the 2017 YMI cohorts in August, and we'd love to have youth leadership from your church involved. YMI offers three “tracks” that are designed for the needs of leaders at different levels of experiences to help them thrive in ministry with youth and the congregation.

Take a look at what's offered for youth leadership by visiting this link: http://www.ngumc.org/youthministryinstitute . Registration has begun.

 

Spiritual Life Retreat early bird discount is here

Many wait until the new year to access a new budget in order to pay for upcoming activities. Well, there's good news! You can get $20 off per person up through January 15th.

Registration is open, and it will be up until a week prior to your weekend (assuming there's room), and many do register later, but we want you to know about this discount. 

The Spiritual Life Retreat is a great opportunity for your youth and leaders to connect while our staff, guest speakers, and praise band runs the retreat for you (plus there's group time scheduled for you). 

Go to http://www.ngumc.org/spiritualliferetreats for more info and the link to registration.


 

Confirmation Retreat

One of the best ways for your Confirmation Class to truly experience what it means to be a part of a connectional United Methodist Church is to let them participate in a conference-wide retreat like the upcoming Confirmation Retreat at Glisson (March 3-5). At this retreat you and your Confirmation group will worship, enjoy activities with other youth groups, study what it means to promise our prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness, and participate in some learning about the structure, connections, and strengths of the United Methodist Church. It's a well-tested and powerful weekend as your Confirmation Class begins to focus on its final classes and upcoming decisions. To register and find out more information go to http://www.ngumc.org/confirmationresources.

 

 North Georgia Conference Youth Ministry Resources

Find information, opportunities, events, and advice on youth ministry in the North Georgia Conference at www.ngumc.org/youth. (Hint: Fall Confirmation Retreat and Bridges Summer Mission Trip to the Bahamas are good places to start.)

 Opportunities for Youth at Lake Junaluska 
Whitewater rafting and zipline packages available - All inclusive packages.  For more information call 800-222-4930 or visitwww.lakejunaluska.com/rafting.