News Tagged: youth

COMMAnts from the Conference Minister – August 2016

Last week I had the privilege of joining 59 youth and 22 adults representing 9 congregations* in our Conference at the UCC’s National Youth Event (NYE) in Orlando, Florida.  It was awesome! Our 81-person delegation from the MN Conference joined 3000 other youth and adult advisors from across the nation, including about 300 from our… Read more »

Pilgrim Point Updates

The 2015 season of Pilgrim Point Camps & Retreats is well on its way. From Our Whole Lives trainings, Eco Justice trainings, a Middle School Conference Youth Event and Church on the Move, we had over 150 folks at camp in May. We start up again in July with congregational weekends, family camps, youth weeks… Read more »

2015 Annual Report – Wade Zick, Associate Conference Minister of Faith Formation for Children and Youth

In the past year I have had the great fortune of working and leading an amazing team of colleagues that included Zac Norenberg, Gigi Nauer, Robin Raudabaugh, Jenny Buskey and Jessica Holmgren. Their commitment to ministry excellence is an amazing gift to the conference! I will miss their friendships and commitment to excellence that they… Read more »

2015 Annual Report – Faith Formation Team

-from Lori Alford, Faith Formation Team, Chair Our objective as a team is to support the on-going faith formation ministry in the conference, including the oversight, advocacy, and distribution of the Ashley endowment. Events supported throughout the year by the team included four Conference Youth Events at Pilgrim Point Camp and six Fourth Thursday Faith… Read more »

2015 Annual Report – Pilgrim Point Camp Committee

– from Kim Shaffer, Pilgrim Point Camp Committee, Chair The Committee’s key issues are: 1.  How to accommodate the increased usage by Congregational Retreats and Wayzata Community Church’s youth camps 2.  How to pay for upgrades to the facility to deal with the increased demand and extend the useful life of the camp. Wade Zick, Associate… Read more »

Focus on Youth Homelessness

One of the issues that the Minnesota Conference Justice and Witness Team is focusing on this year is youth homelessness. According to a 2012 Wilder Research Study, nearly half of 10,214 homeless Minnesotans were age 21 and younger; more than 1,000 were youth on their own. We are seeking to identify youth homelessness resources and… Read more »

Fall Youth Events at Pilgrim Point Camp!

This past weekend 16 congregations sent middle school youth and leaders to Pilgrim Point Camp for the Middle School Conference Youth Event with a theme of “Extravagant Welcome.” The 87 participants were led in song and programs by Bryan Sirchio, singer / songwriter and author of The 6 Marks of Progressive Christian Worship Music. The… Read more »