The Gathering

 The vision for The Gathering is to create a high-energy weekend conference for Mississippi students in grades 6th – 12th to gather together to celebrate Christ and grow in Him. Our commitment is to create a first-class experience featuring the best worship teams and communicators for this generation. The Gathering strives to be a highlight of your year!


Big AL
DJ Blaha
Phil Joel
Rev. Frank Haynes

The Gathering FAQs


            Students in Grades 6-12 and their leaders


           The vision behind The Gathering is to create a high energy weekend conference for students to gather from all over the state to celebrate our Lord and Savior. Our commitment is to create a weekend event that is as first-class quality as you could find anywhere else in the country, with the best worship teams and communicators.

What time does it start?

          Pre party begins at 6:30pm Friday February 24,2023


            Christ United Methodist Church, 6000 Old Canton Road, Jackson, Mississippi

Please park behind Christ UMC. There will be flags to guide you. We would like all the students to enter through the courtyard for the atmosphere of this event.

How Much? 

            Large group registration: $60 (20 or more must be registered by February 13, 2023 if registered by February 13,2023

            Regular: $70 (if registered & paid by end of February 16, 2017)

            Late: $80 (after February 13, 2017)

            Partial scholarships (limited availability): Contact Mike Howington  or 601.354.0515

            Pay online with credit card when you register or you may mail a check to:

            Mississippi Conference of The United Methodist Church

            320-C Briarwood Drive

            Jackson, MS 39206

How do I register? 

            Click here to register.


             Each church plans there own lodging.

What to bring?

             Completed consent/health/release form for each minor

             Spending money

What do we need spending money for?

             Gathering T-Shirts, $15

             Old gathering T-Shirts, $10

             Concession stand, (drinks, chips, candy, etc.) $1

             Phil Joel Merchandise

             Big Al Merchandise

             Any extra needed for free time

Exhibitor Space Available

    Price: $100

What all does it include:

      -6ft table in lobby at 

      -2 day event access

      -We will introduce you and your ministry during the event

       -power available

Please contact Mike Howington at

Upon Arrival:

          Check-in is located on the second floor. Leave your students in the courtyard at the pre-party and check in at the registration tables. Please have this adult bring to check-in: completed consent/health/release form for each minor, amount due if you have a balance. We will give this adult an event packet. Packets include: name badges, printed schedules and maps of the Christ UMC campus. Packets will also include a copy of the Church Group Time guide.

What if the number of students changes after registration? 

          Number changes are welcomed and expected. If you have a new head count before February 20, please contact Mike Howington at  After February 20, if it is a significant change please call Mike Howington at 601.354.0515 or email Otherwise we can handle them at the door.

What is Church Group Time?

          A moment each evening that youth groups can get together and unpack the highlights that God revealed that day. The guide will have discussion to help stimulate conversation. This also serves as a deeper response time to follow up with anything God is pouring in the kids’ hearts.

What is the Pre-party?

          This outdoor pre-party is a great time for the students to leave the school week behind and enter an atmosphere built just for this weekend. The pre-party includes: Laser tag, basketball, DJ, inflatables, candy/coke concessions, photo 360 booth, 9 square, octoball and other games.



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