‘Youth 2015’ National Gathering is Coming to Orlando
Break out your calendar and dust off your sunglasses. It may seem a long way off, but Youth 2015 is already ramping up to be the ‘don’t-miss’ event for all Methodist youth and their leaders from across the connection. The event design team is made up of about 30 youth and adults from across the US – representing a rainbow of ages, racial backgrounds and regions. The theme: “Go On” is grounded in scripture and John Wesley’s message to encourage young people to “go on” toward Christian perfection.
TAC youth director, Eddie Erwin of Lakewood UMC is excited to imagine 6,500 youth and leaders at the event next summer. “The true measure of success,” he says, “ happens after our final worship at the event – when United Methodist youth are inspired to continue doing acts of piety and mercy when they return home, and then share stories about the impact of doing those things.”
Everything will take place in the Marriott World Center – activities, lodging, and meals will occur at this one site, which simplifies the experience for all. The conference lodging rate can be extended a few days before and after the event for families and youth groups that want to experience Disney, Universal Studios or other Orlando amenities as an extension of the conference.
Youth 2015 will offer a wide variety of experiences and national level speakers and musical artists, plus small group times, workshops, mission projects, concerts and prayer opportunities that represent different acts of piety or mercy.
Watch for the large-scale preview via the “Go On” Tour – a low-drama, focused and fun outreach preview of the worship experiences that will make a stop at Highland Park UMC in Dallas on October 26. Visit www.youth2015.com for updates.
“We want to encourage parents, youth leaders and churches to start planning for this incredible event,” adds Eddie. “This will be a great venue to connect in meaningful ways to other United Methodists and deepen their faith by practicing acts of piety and mercy.”