Youth swap events for participation


Special to the Advocate

The Conference Council on Youth Ministries has decided to help make the 22 youth members full participants in the 2006 session of the Annual Conference.

In years past, the 11 district youth presidents and the 11 district youth representatives have been pulled away from the actions of the conference session to participate in Youth Day at Conference activities.

In an effort to be informed and involved in the conference agenda, the youth council will forego having youth from across the conference come for a day of activities. Instead, this year the seated youth members to the conference along with the officers of the youth council will host a dinner.

The Celebration of Youth Ministry dinner will be held June 12 at Madison United Methodist Church in Madison. The 5:30 p.m. dinner meeting will be in the church’s Family Life Center. Tickets, available through district offices, are $15 for individuals and $25 for couples.

Pastors and laity from churches that do not have organized youth ministries, but who do have youth, are invited. The purpose of the evening is to help local churches know how their youth can be involved in conference youth activities. Seating for the dinner is limited to the first 150 persons who buy tickets.

The featured speaker for the evening will be Bishop Eben Nhiwatiwa of Zimbabwe. His remarks will include encouragement for a youth trip to Zimbabwe in 2007 led by Bishop Hope Morgan Ward.