COLLIDE: Register by April 22

Date Posted: 4/11/2013

When hundreds of youth merge at Collide 2013 during Annual Conference on May 25-26, there will be a colossal collision of fun. According to Rev. Thera Freeman, Director of Youth Ministries, the design team has been hard at work to make this year’s event an amazing gathering and experience. “We are excited to have Jason Gant as our worship leader, and the Robbie Seay Band leading us in worship singing. Jason leads youth ministries at Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas,” she says, “and the Robbie Seay Band is from the great state of Texas, leading worship at Ecclesia in Houston.”


Collide this year takes on a new structure of a type of ‘annual conference for youth’ to fit this year’s theme: *you(th)are the church of the now*. Students will still be worshiping together, eating together and enjoying fellowship and play, and local Methodist Churches will host the sleeping spaces. Rather than working on a project, this year Collide participants will be meeting and gathering at the Hilton Americas in Downtown Houston where they can choose from five workshops described below.


Workshop descriptions (Pick One)

Biblical storytelling-“the Bible coming to life through movement and action.” Dr. Phil Ruge-Jones, professor of theology at Texas Lutheran University

Learn from Dr. Phil Ruge-Jones about the art of biblical storytelling. Come and experience scripture as it comes to life before your eyes. Learn how to share stories through movement and expression. Check out:


Mission - “Being in the world: on a mission”
Rev. Diane McGehee - TAC Director of Missions

Come and learn about mission with the homeless through a hands-on art project that is helping the homeless re-imagine their lives; learn how to engage in foreign mission responsibly and how to live a missional life in your community.


Saturday night - mission with the homeless—creating avenues for change
Sunday morning - foreign missions
Sunday afternoon - mission in your local neighborhoods


Music & worship - “Leading worship now. Today.”
Dr. Craig Gilbert, Sugarland FUMC

Come and learn about worship. How and why do we engage in worship? Why is this important? How can you lead now? Learn from Dr. Craig Gilbert, who is passionate about passionate worship. This workshop will also play a role in the opening worship service of the Texas Annual Conference—learning music together and preparing to lead the pastors and delegates of the conference in worship.


Games and Recreation - “Game on”

“Go and play. Run around. Build something. Break something. Climb a tree. Get dirty. Get in some trouble. Have some fun.” –Brom, The Child Thief. Come and learn why games and play are important for us, no matter our age. Also come prepared to share your favorite games and learn from other youth groups as well. You’ll talk some—but you will also play!


What’s after youth group? “Uh, now what?!”
Various speakers (college students, campus ministers, members of the community)

A panel discussion, Q&A time with campus ministers from Wesley Foundations in the Texas Annual Conference, current college students and high school graduates. There will also be time for one-on-one conversations with campus ministers, a session on practical (and survival) skills for the first year college student. There will also be conversations about vocational school or full-time work after high school graduation.


Register Now

On the registration forms students can rank each workshop in the order of their interest. Once registration is closed students will be placed in workshops based on their choices, as closely as possible and will remain in the same workshop all weekend.


Adds Thera, “The workshop offerings and their leaders have been prayerfully and carefully chosen to provide a space for encouragement, empowerment, and learning for the youth of our conference: strengthening their leadership for today and for the future.”


Collide kicks off with check-in from 1:30-2:30pm in Houston on Saturday, May 25, and close with the opening worship service of the Texas Annual Conference on Sunday, May 26 at 6:30 pm. Families are encouraged to submit registration form, media and liability release and complete the online form and pay by e-check. Registration (CLOSING April 22!) is available at