Ministry with Youth: Collide and Summer Camp Updates

Date Posted: 5/8/2014

Lakeview is often mentioned at United Methodist gatherings, as onlookers recall fondly the days they spent learning to enhance their relationships with God while worshipping and building lasting memories at the wooded retreat center outside Palestine Texas.
While camp is a learning experience, it is also a fun one. Campers can bask in the serenity of Lakeview’s 1,300 acre property or take part in individual and team recreational activities including:

  • Boating and Kayaking
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Basketball/Softball/Baseball/Soccer
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Swimming and Water Slide
  • Archery
  • Challenge Course
  • Gaga Pits
2014 Summer District Youth Camp Dates
Choir Clinic  June 9 - 13
Southeast District  June 16 - 20
CN/CS/SW - TriDistrict Camp  June 23 - 27
East/West District  June 30 - July 4
North/Northwest District  July 7 - 11
South District  July 14 - 18
Registration information is available through the links above and from
Collide Registration Deadline Extended
The Collide event is a gathering of youth from across the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. For 32 hours youth will gather together in downtown Houston, Texas for time of common meals, worship together, large group workshops centered around  the “why?” of worship—deepening our understanding of how and why we come together in common space to sing and pray and reflect together as one body.
This year our theme is COLLIDE:SOWN with focus on the parable of the sower, asking the question “What does it mean to be sown?” and “What does it mean to be a vital congregation?” (The question of Texas Annual Conference 2014)
These 32 hours are just before the gathering of clergy and delegates in the conference for the beginning of Annual Conference. In fact, the Collide event closes with the opening worship of the Texas Annual Conference opening worship and Bishop Huie’s address.
Collide is an Annual Conference of sorts for young people, a time of colliding of the youth of the Church with the delegates—for young people to be fed, renewed, challenged and form friendships as well as a time to come together as the Church and collide with the delegates of Annual Conference.
There are some teaching moments about what Annual Conference is and who these people are as well as time solely focused on the student’s time to worship, play and serve.
For Collide 2014: SOWN we will have a time of a break-out session where youth can choose between four one-time workshop choices:
  • Worship– Participate in Opening Worship for Annual Conference
  • Beloved Community- What does it mean to love my neighbor? Who is my neighbor?
  • Discipleship as Vocation- Who am I called to be? How do I live this at home, school and work?
  • Mission- Deeper, responsible relationships with my neighbor in the name of Christ.
We encourage all participants to receive housing assignments at local churches hosting the youth groups coming in—more than one youth group is housed in a church so it adds some extra time of meeting other youth from across the conference or connecting with friends from camp, midwinter, or other conference activities.
Registration has been EXTENDED to MAY 14 at 11:59 p.m. 

Registration information is online at
If you have questions about Collide, please contact Rev. Thera Freeman at