LAGR Children and Youth Activities

LaGrange District Youth Coordinator - Mr. Brent Ritter, Newnan First, britter@newnanfumc.org

LaGrange District Children's Coordinator - Rev. Kimberly Evans, Salem UMC, kim.evans@ngumc.net

Brent Ritter and other's who work with youth in the local church, meet monthly for lunch and informal discussions and swapping of ideas for youth ministry.  Below are the next several dates and locations for these lunches.  If you work with youth at your church, you are welcome to join them! All lunches are at noon at restaurants in Newnan, unless otherwise indicated.

   
   Thursday, December 20 - LaParilla
   Thursday, January 17 - Shane's Rib Shack
   Thursday, February 21 - Red Robin
   Thursday, March 21 - Chicken Salad Chick
 

Congratulations to the following youth who were selected by the District Board of Laity to represent the LaGrange District as Youth Delegates to Annual Conference in June:

Kayleigh Hammond – Turin UMC                               LaMarceo Brooks – Roe’s Chapel UMC

Christian Scott – Smith Chapel UMC                          Ahmaria Brooks – Roe’s Chapel UMC

 Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 6:00 PM to Sunday, March 3, 2019 at 3:30 PM

Campus Crawl is a bus tour designed to introduce 9th through 12th grade students to United Methodist campus ministries featuring our Georgia United Methodist Colleges and Universities. In one weekend, high school students will meet representatives from our United Methodist Colleges and Universities in Georgia, as well as, meet several Wesley Foundations on public university campuses.

Cost is $125 after January 15, 2019

For more information and to reserve a seat on the bus:  
http://www.umcommission.org/campuscrawl/
 

The United Methodist Connectional Federal Credit Union Is Offering Scholarships To College Bound Students

4 people between the ages of 17-35 will have the opportunity to win a $1000.00 scholarship within the four conferences:  Florida UMC Conference, Alabama – West Florida UMC Conference, North Georgia UMC Conference, and South Georgia UMC Conference.  Deadline to apply is April 30, 2019 and each winner will be notified during the month of prior to each Annual Conference. The Winner of each Conference will be announced at the Conference. For Eligibility and to Apply Online click here  UMCFCU2019COLLEGESCHOLARSHIP.  A hard copy of the application can be downloaded from the website, www.unitedmethodistcu.org, or obtained at either the Georgia or Florida branch offices.

Other UM scholarship opportunities are available at, www.gahied.org, the website for the Georgia UM Commission on Higher Education & Campus Ministry.

Confirmation Retreats

The fall and spring Confirmation Retreats are designed for those young people who are learning more about what it means to follow Christ and to make a profession of faith. Each retreat is different, but each will be a weekend of learning through a variety of educational experiences and presentations by leaders in the conference, inspiring worship, some fun and games, and times for the youth to reflect on their faith and their desire to follow Christ and join the United Methodist Church. There will be large group experiences as well as small group times.

The Spring Retreat covers:

- Dynamic and interactive worship and sessions studying the Confirmation vows youth will be asked to give (prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness)

- A session on our connectional church - the blessings of us being connected to each other, how we are connected, why our diversity is important and necessary, and what makes your congregation unique

- Activities for your group to bond and connect as well as recognize the unique qualities and calling of your congregation in the midst of our connection

The Fall Retreat covers:

- Sessions with your own group helping youth discover their own faith journey and story and enabling them to share their stories with the rest of the group

- Activities especially designed to build trust and unity with your newly formed Confirmation group

- Worship centered on God's prevenient grace and how God interacts with us

The Confirmation Retreats are designed primarily for 6th-8th graders, but can include senior high if they have not yet been confirmed. Some youth groups bring older youth as "student counselors" and that's fine if you structure your church's confirmation experience that way.

2019 Spiritual Life Retreat Dates 

Wouldn't it be great to have a quality weekend retreat where you could trust the content, spend time with your youth (instead of worrying about the setup of the next session), and come back with a group of youth and adults who are stronger and more capable than when they left? 

The upcoming Spiritual Life Retreats will strengthen your youth ministry and allow you and your adult leaders some much-needed quality time with your youth while our staff takes on the responsibility of the setup, take down, and running of the weekend.

The theme of thte upcoming Spiritual Life Retreats at Glisson Camping and Retreat Center is "Room at the Table," centering around making room for listening to each other, understanding one another, and inviting people to gather in one body. Too often these days we allow our differences to divide us. We'll talk about ways to better listen and speak so we can understand why people believe differently than others. We'll learn the strength of God's kingdom above anything we can find in the world today and celebrate our diversity and especially the good news which holds us together through one spirit.

Mark your calendar for the retreat and start promoting it with your group.

Spiritual Life Retreats happen every spring in North Georgia on three different weekends. Each year these retreats attract more than 1000 youth and adult leaders from all over the North Georgia Conference. The three weekends in 2019 are March 15-17, March 22-24, and March 29-31.  The weekends are identical in content, though the bands and speakers change each weekend.

Groups can register for any weekend and be assured of a quality retreat designed with the purpose of enriching the opportunities of spiritual growth for its participants and making your church ministry thrive. The retreats are designed and led by other youth and adult leaders in the conference, offering another level of leadership development to youth in the conference. In fact, if you wish to encourage some of your high school youth or college age (or adults) to serve on staff they should go to https://www.ngumc.org/servingonstaffatretreats.

Cost for a weekend is $145 per person, but if you register and pay by January 15, 2019, you can save $15 per person. That covers four meals, lodging for two nights, all program costs, a t-shirt, some training opportunities for your team of adults, and an amazing time with your group. Below are the links for each of the three SLR 2019 weekends. They  are setup for 400 participants each weekend with the option for each group to add Alpine/Swing, Zipline, or High Elements (High V and Giant's Ladder) at an additional charge. The minimum deposit is $30/participant (non-refundable) and is required online to complete a reservation of spots for the group.

Click here to register for your weekend:

(Note: When registering during the early bird time...before January 15th...when initially booking the spots, the price will display for the full cost of $145, but the discount will display at the end upon checkout.)

Weekend 1 (March 15-17, 2019)

Weekend 2 (March 22-24, 2019)

Weekend 3 (March 29-31, 2019)

These retreats fill up fast.

 

Campus Crawl Now is the time for your high school students to start thinking about and planning visits to colleges. Even if they know where they are going it never hurts to look at what our Georgia campuses offer, and it's also important they get an introduction to campus ministries. Your students should know that a vital campus ministry is available to them when they are out of high school and no longer in your youth ministry. We provide a campus tour of 12 campuses for only $75 (when registered by November 1 - includes lodging, food, transportation, and all the fun that comes with a road trip through 12 campuses). The Campus Crawl retreat is for high school students, and it's quickly filling up (it's limited to 50 youth). The retreat is February 28th through March 3rd (a Thursday night through Sunday afternoon). Registration is open at http://www.umcommission.org/campuscrawl/.

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.)