Conference youth enjoy day at Water World, plan future events

August 15, 2016
Bottom row from left, Anthony Nelson, CCYM president, and Bryce Bauer, CCYM vice president. Top row from left, Olivia Ary, Youth Service Fund coordinator, and Susan DeTar, CCYM secretary.
Story and photo submitted by Andy Millman
Young People's Ministry Developer and Mission & Ministry Project Coordinator

The youth of the Rocky Mountain Conference have been busy! On Aug. 7, more than 250 youth from two dozen churches spanning two states came together for an afternoon of fun in the sun at Water World. It was an opportunity for our young folks, who may not be able to see each other often because of geographical constraints, to enjoy time building community among each other, and we were delighted to have many new churches participate this year.

Although Water World is most certainly a time for fun and fellowship, it also serves as a fundraiser for our conference-wide youth events. Many of our smaller churches don’t have the funds to send their young people to our annual retreats, and the funds raised last weekend will all go towards scholarships for these individuals. Overall, the event was a big success!

Immediately after the event, the Conference Council on Youth Ministry headed to Park Hill United Methodist Church for a two-day planning retreat for the 2016-17 calendar year. In a little less than 48 hours, these young leaders were able to elect new officers, map out three main conference-wide youth events, pack 150 lunches for Denver’s unhoused population with the Rev. Jerry Herships and the AfterHours crew, and lay the groundwork for 36 district-level events that will take place over the next 12 months. Please keep your eyes open for upcoming dates and locations.

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