Tradition Beckons: Get Youth Registered for Ignite*MidWinter 2015

Date Posted: 11/25/2014

Planning is well underway for this conference-wide youth retreat held at Lakeview and Forest Glen in February. Get registered and get ready for new relationships and new insights on “Redemption.”
 “This year’s Ignite curriculum and schedule is really shaping up to create a space for deep thinking and growth for both students and adults,” says Rev. Thera Freeman, Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries for the Texas Annual Conference. “The Ignite*Midwinter planning team has been in prayer and hard at work for a wonderful retreat at all camps.”  
Ignite*Midwinter, the conference-wide youth retreat, is a longstanding tradition for the students of the Texas Annual Conference. These weekend retreats will provide the backdrop for students and volunteers to spend time in scripture, make new friends, hang out with old friends and spend time in God’s creation.
Adds Thera, “Along with traditional camp activities (zip-line, canoeing, and camp fires), Ignite*Midwinter focuses on furthering spiritual development in students, and deepening relationships with our triune God. The theme for the 2015 retreats is Redemption with scriptural focus on The Lord’s Prayer as found in Matthew 6:5-14.”
Students will explore this well known prayer in its familiar prayer format, how we find the prayer in scripture, the history of the Lord’s Prayer, as well as, different interpretations from around the world.
Youth workers at all churches ideally should have received printed registration forms and event posters to launch the sign-up process. TAC offers three events on two weekends next year, each bringing a unique setting and opportunities for growth and rest with fellow United Methodist students from across the Conference connection:

  • Lakeview on February 20-22
  • Forest Glen1 February 20-22 (Cap registration: 400)
  • Forest Glen2 February 27-March 1 (Cap registration: 250)
Lakeview will have combined worship with students from junior high and senior high worshiping together in Copeland and breaking out into age-level small groups with plenty of time for fun and games around camp. Forest Glen1 will operate a junior high camp and a senior high camp, each camp with a speaker and band, across the lake from one another. Forest Glen2 will also share together in worship across age groups, staying on one side of the lake, and breaking out into age-level small groups. Both Forest Glen gatherings will have the zip-line, canoeing and other camp activities open for Saturday’s free time.
Call to action
Looking for prices? Ready to register? Want to volunteer for a weekend? Do you have a workshop you would like to lead for junior or senior high? Need a poster or extra registration forms? Visit the Ignite*Midwinter 2015 website [] for more information or contact Rev. Thera Freeman at with questions.