Annual Conference 2014 Offers Childcare to Members


For the first time in many years, Annual Conference will offer childcare to members thanks to a partnership between the conference young adult committee, Grow Day Camps, the Office of Connectional Ministries and Young Harris UMC in Athens. 

There are two distinct offerings, a day care option for infants, toddlers and preschool children and a day camp option for rising 1st through rising 6th graders through Grow Day Camps of the Conference Camp and Retreat Ministries. Both will be held a short distance from The Classic Center at Young Harris UMC. As an added bonus, parents get access to free parking in the YHMUMC lot with a complimentary shuttle to and from the Classic Center for drop off and pick up. 

"This allows mothers and fathers the opportunity to participate as members of the North Georgia Conference," said Rev. David Wofford, pastor of Young Harris Memorial UMC. "This offering will, over time, help to create a more representative body for the annual conference over the long haul."

Childcare at Young Harris Memorial UMC is provided exclusively for the infant, toddler and preschool-aged children (6 months through rising kindergartners) of those participating in the 2014 Annual Conference Sessions. This loving and creative environment will coincide with all morning and afternoon sessions of Annual Conference, and feature engaging and age-appropriate crafts and activities designed with Christian formation in mind. 
Grow Day Camp at Young Harris Memorial UMC will be held the week of Annual Conference. Grow Day Camps, a sister ministry of Glisson Camp & Retreat Center, will bring the flavor of summer camp to YHMUMC. Campers from rising 1st to rising 6th grade will get to try their hand at various camp activities such as archery, nature study, and belayed tree climbing (pending availability) as well as engage in worship and Bible study outdoors. This weekday camp is open to any students within the Athens community, but spots have been reserved especially for the elementary students of those participating in the 2014 North Georgia Annual Conference Sessions. Children can come for three days, or come for all five! 

Registration for both options is available at