CTC Youth Answer the Call to "Be the Church" During Mid-Winter 2014

by Leanne Johnston* and Vance Morton**

More than 400 youth and adults from 37 Central Texas churches, representing every district in the conference, came together over the course of two weekends and made Mid-Winter 2014 an incredible time of worship, learning, fun and action. Glen Lake Camp and Central UMC in Waco hosted the three retreats during the two weekends, and the participants were led by a remarkable team of student leaders and adult directors at both locations. While some of the logistics were organized by adult leadership, the majority of all three retreats were planned and executed by our student leadership team – CCYM.
The focus of both weekends was “Being the Church” and featured curriculum that had small groups discuss what the church should look like and how we can share Jesus Christ with our neighbors. While the discussion was robust and the learning abundant, there was also a lot of action on these weekends – 400 pairs of enthusiastic hands and feet of Jesus at work!
The mid-winter in Waco lived out their faith and took Christ to the streets as they spent all day Saturday picking up trash, sorting clothes and food and sharing Christ with the community. The two mid-winters at Glen Lake used the Loose Change to Loosen Chains campaign through International Justice Missions to raise $733.89 to fight slavery. 
Please visit ctcyoungpeople.com/mid-winter2014 for much more from Mid-Winter 2014 – including photos. And mark your calendars for February 6-8 and 20-22, 2015 for next year’s Mid-Winter retreat weekends. Details are still in the works, so watch here and/or ctcyoungpeople.com for more information as it becomes available
*Leanne is the coordinator of Youth and Young Adult Ministries for the CTC. leannejohnston@ctcumc.org
**Vance is the director of Communications & IT for the CTC. vance@ctcumc.org