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The OneEvent still on

The OneEvent still on

1/13/2017
The OneEvent is still on!  We are setting up now.  We will begin at 1 pm Saturday afternoon at The bicentennial center in Salina.  There will likely be modifications to the schedule.   We know that if the current weather forecasts hold true many of you will not be able to drive to Salina safely and we want you to make wise decisions with safety in mind. We are working to be able to live stream as much of the event as possible. We will keep you posted on those details. if you decide that your ...

Some summer ’17 internship applications ready

Some summer ’17 internship applications ready

10/10/2016
It’s barely fall, but it’s time for college students to be thinking about their plans for the summer of 2017.

First of 3 confirmation rallies draws 65 teens to Hays

First of 3 confirmation rallies draws 65 teens to Hays

2/22/2016
When she was their age, Lindsey Graber told Great Plains confirmation students, she felt like prayer was a “one-way thing.” “I wasn’t receiving much back,” Graber, a Southwestern College religion and philosophy major from Wichita, told junior-high students and high-schoolers at the first of three Bishop’s Confirmation Rallies on Feb. 13 in Hays, Kansas. Bishop Scott J. Jones poses for a selfie with students participating in the Bishop's Confirmation Rally on Feb. 13 in Hays, Kansas. Photo by ...

Youth enjoy humor, fellowship, worship at The OneEvent

Youth enjoy humor, fellowship, worship at The OneEvent

2/10/2016
Back flips accompanied many displays of talent, laughs and other fun at the 2016 edition of The OneEvent,conducted  in Grand Island, Nebraska. About 1,200 youth attended the event at the Heartland Event Center. Photo by Evan Reeder More than 1,200 young people from throughout the Great Plains Conference came together Jan. 30-31 for the youth event of the year, The OneEvent. The 2016 OneEvent, Pyromaniac, was – for the second year in a row – hosted at the Heartland Event Center in Grand ...

Youth assemble 500 health kits for UMCOR

Youth assemble 500 health kits for UMCOR

2/9/2016
For The OneEvent 2016, the Rev. Hollie Tapley, disaster response coordinator for the Great Plains Conference, needed to think of an idea that would help get the youth of the conference involved in a mission project. She also knew that the United Methodist Committee of Relief (UMCOR) was in need of health kits. Youth who attended The OneEvent helped assemble 500 health kits for the United Methodist Committee on Relief. Photo by Rachel Moser   The goal was to have the health kit “...

Disciples are nurtured at Kansas United Methodist college

Disciples are nurtured at Kansas United Methodist college

12/14/2015
Set high on a hill overlooking the Walnut River valley in Winfield, Kansas, Southwestern College looks much like any other small college or university with picturesque wooden sidewalks connecting buildings made of native limestone. But this United Methodist college — one of four in the Great Plains Conference —  is doing more than just offering classes and awarding degrees. It’s forming disciples. Southwestern is home to two different programs which engage in spiritual formation and help ...

Micah Corps interns create several youth activities

Micah Corps interns create several youth activities

11/17/2015
Creating change in the world — youth activities focus on poverty, environment, food security, peace/nonviolence and immigration. The 2015 Micah Corps interns have created activities for youth groups that offer a series of discussions, videos and activities which will teach youth how the issues connect to their faith and challenge and inspire the youth to use their power to change the world. These activities are formatted under five four-part units where through the activities, Scripture and ...

Young adults provided with Exploration scholarships

Young adults provided with Exploration scholarships

8/13/2015
If you know a young adult, ages 18-26, who have sensed God might be calling them to ordained ministry, have wondered what ministry in The United Methodist Church is all about, would like help sifting through issues involved in an ordained vocation, or want to learn more about The United Methodist seminaries and theological schools, tell them about Exploration. Exploration is a three-day event for young adults to hear, discern and respond to God’s call to ordained ministry and to explore their ...

Spring Training for youth ministry knocks it out of the park

Spring Training for youth ministry knocks it out of the park

4/22/2015
Great Plains United Methodists who work in any aspect of youth ministry were invited to a brand new training event called Spring Training which took place this past weekend. Each church was encouraged to send their Sunday School teachers, youth leaders, pastors, confirmation mentors and others to one of two locations to learn together how to have a great youth ministry. Darren Falk of Silver Lake UMC teaches junior high and high school Sunday school. He came because, “I’m an amateur and I always...

Lyons youth get after game hangout

Lyons youth get after game hangout

3/10/2015
In rural communities such as Lyons, one of the largest complaints by youth is that there is nothing to do in the community. One woman and a group of supporters is looking to change that. Kari Troyer has worked for the past year at turning the upstairs area of Lyons UMC into a comfortable, safe environment for children to come relax at on Friday evenings. Troyer explained that the “after game party” was originally created to give Lyons and area youth a place to hold a post-game party after home ...

Summer internship program application deadline is Sunday, March 8

Summer internship program application deadline is Sunday, March 8

3/4/2015
Young adults interested in growing their faith and leadership skills now have a one-stop shop when it comes to finding the right fit. The Summer Internship Program of the Great Plains Conference gives young adults a chance to explore hands-on ministry and leadership in a variety of fields. While combining the previously offered summer offerings (Micah Corps, vacation Bible school and camp counselors) into a clear leadership development system, four new internships – pastoral leadership, ...

Confirmation students learn what it means to be Christian, United Methodist

Confirmation students learn what it means to be Christian, United Methodist

2/16/2015
More than 140 confirmation students got the chance to learn more about what it means to be a Christian and what it means to be a United Methodist during the first of three confirmation rallies Feb. 14 at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, Nebraska. The Rev. Bill Ritter, superintendent of the Blue River District, preaches during the closing worship of the confirmation rally Feb. 14 at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, Nebraska.    “You are loved. You are accepted,” the Rev. Bill ...

The OneEvent: Becoming fearless through God's love

The OneEvent: Becoming fearless through God's love

1/14/2015
Keynote speaker Rev. Kirstie Garnes brought the theme of The OneEvent to life with her insight on dealing with fear. Her strategy has three steps: name it, face it, and defeat it. She prepared for The OneEvent months in advance by asking dozens of youth to identify their fears. She compiled their answers into a list of twenty main fears which she went through during the first general session, asking youth to point their two thumbs up for every fear that hit a chord for them. If they weren’t sure...

Youth learn to defeat fear at The OneEvent 2015

Youth learn to defeat fear at The OneEvent 2015

1/14/2015
Once again The OneEvent was a memorable weekend of celebration, worship, learning and fellowship for Great Plains youth and youth leaders. More than 1,200 people braved harsh winter weather to gather in Grand Island, Nebraska, to kick off the new year Jan. 3-4. Eihusen Arena was rocking to the head-banging sounds of Colton Dixon and worship led by The Digital Age, a four-piece band from Waco, Texas. Ground Zero Master’s Commission kept the attention of youth and adults with their innovative ...

Project Revolution brings youth together for 6th time

10/2/2013
By Marvé Ralston, special contributor September brings many things, and, in the Five Rivers District, one of them is Project Revolution, the annual youth rally and lock-in. This year was the sixth Project Revolution. As is customary with this event, it was youth led, planned and executed by the District Council of Youth Ministry.   Youth take the stage at the 2013 Project Revolution, an annual youth rally and lock-in. (photo by Marvé Ralston) For the past two years, the rally has been ...