Treats and Fellowship at Annual Conference
As Annual Conference kicked-off Sunday night, youth from across our conference were treated to a special event with Bishop Scott Jones and his wife Mary Lou. After some recreation time in The Loft, the youth had dinner together from a food truck, then lined up for Mary Lou and Bishop Jones’ favorite dessert -- chocolate malts.
“When I was growing up, we always had malts on Sunday nights. As our children grew up, we made sure to provide all the malt fixings at our house to bribe all their friends to hang out,” Mary Lou says. “When we moved to the Great Plains Conference it’s something we started doing every time there were youth gathered at our home. It became a Jones family tradition,” she says.
Bishop Jones added that he loves opportunities to be part of youth ministry, before turning back to the line to say: “You can have any flavor you want – as long as it’s chocolate!” Mary Lou continued explaining “it’s one way we can provide a little servant leadership for the young people and try to make them feel welcome. Hospitality is one of my spiritual gifts and this is a way for me to help them feel at home. Wherever I am I try to make this happen.”
The youth gathering at Annual Conference had the option to choose between traditional and contemporary worship services for each session. Also present were several youth delegates with voice and vote. Eddie Erwin, Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries said he and other leaders were available to answer questions and help the delegates along with the process and procedures so they could be included and experience all the 2017 Conference had to offer. “Tuesday we went to Conroe and helped with relief buckets and introduced them to the mission depot and archive depot to let them know other ministries the conference offers,” Erwin says.
Now youth groups are gearing up for trips over the summer and summer camp. The next opportunity for fellowship is the Texas Youth Academy July 3-15. And for those wanting to connect with others, you are invited to connect via Facebook and Instagram.