Pizza: The Universal Language of Youth


Some 70 youth from five churches within the Southwest District gathered in May to consume 18 pizzas while enjoying music, fellowship, games and a strong sense of connectivity that ties United Methodists of all ages in community.

Despite hail, snow, rain or shine, teens can be counted on to devour pizza. Bad weather did not stop youth (from five churches within the Southwest district) attending a District-Wide Youth Event on May 9th at Faith UMC in Richmond. The evening included games, a talent show, and a time of devotion, according to Linda O’Donnell, director of youth ministries, who served as event coordinator. Notes Linda, “I feel like this event went wonderfully well! Churches represented brought talented and enthusiastic youth from Covenant Glen UMC, St. John’s UMC, First UMC Missouri City, Faith UMC and Houston Trinity UMC.”

One of the youth from Houston Trinity UMC said, “It was such a pleasure to be able to interact with other young believers. They showed so much energy and joy in sharing the many blessed talents they possess. It was truly an awesome experience.”

Adds Linda, “the one singing with a mime was amazing." Hear a spoken word poem written and performed by one of Herbert's youth.

 "I ordered 18 pizzas and all were consumed. We had about 30 minutes at the end to play basketball but most of the youth hung out to visit in the gathering area. I am not sure what to plan next…I will leave that up to the youth…”