Calling All Sixth Graders To November’s ‘Big Event’


The weekend of November 6-8 is set apart from other conference youth retreats to cater to the unique perspective of sixth graders.
The Big Event strives to create an environment where sixth grade students can be together to connect with Jesus Christ and learn how their faith can set them on a course that will turn their teenage journey into a wonderful adventure. This year, the retreat will be at Forest Glen the weekend of November 6-8, 2015.
Eddie Erwin, Director of Youth/Young Adult Ministries for the Texas Conference says, “This weekend is designed to cater to the distinctly different needs of sixth graders and the ministries that they are a part of at their local church.  Local churches often use it as a time to get to know their students, away from parents and older youth.  Other groups use it as a cornerstone to their Confirmation classes.”
The retreat focuses on John Wesley's threefold idea of grace and other Wesleyan ideas. There is also time for worship, small groups, outdoor recreation and mastering the art of sixth-grade-silliness.
“I am working the Big Event because I have a passion for working with preteens! They are fun, energetic and have desire to do good in the world. They are in an area of their lives where they need the church to help guide them in their understanding of who they are in Christ!” shares Rev. Emily Bankston with Strawbridge UMC, Kingwood.
Kolby Karaff Director of Jr. High Ministry at Faith UMC, Richmond says, “The Big Event is a great opportunity for my 6th grade students. For many, this is their first weekend retreat or even first time in a camp environment. This retreat provides 6th graders with their own unique space to encounter God as they transition into junior high.” Adds Kolby, “It's an exciting time when youth get to experience worship, study the Bible, and fellowship together. The Big Event is an awesome way to build relationships and teach what it means to be a follower of Christ.”
Space Permitting, Registration Closes October 14
Registration cost for adults and teens is $135 and can be postmarked or submitted no later than October 14. Churches must submit one check for all participants to Eddie Erwin, c/o Conference Office, 5215 Main, Hou, Tx 77002.

Registration information
If you have any questions, contact Eddie Erwin at