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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church



    Registration is now open for UPWORD ‘17!


    Spread the word to all youth in grades sixth through 12th-UP!WORD is the spring event held by the Upper New York Conference's Council of Youth Ministry (CCYM). The theme this year, short and to the point, is "God is."  UP!WORD 2017 is an opportunity for youth from all over the Upper New York Conference to experience community and grow in their spiritual journeys through worship experiences, workshops, late night activities, and fun interactions. The event will be held March 31-April 2 at the Holiday Inn in Liverpool, N.Y.

    Click here to register. 

    Click here to download a flyer to spread the word about UPWORD!

    Speakers and Workshops Information

    CCYM is excited to announce the Worship Speakers for UPWORD! ’17.  We will welcome back former CCYM members for CCYM Alumni Weekend!

    • JJ Warren – “God is Welcoming.”  JJ is a sophomore at Sarah Lawrence College.
    • Krystal Cole – “God is Creation.”  Krystal is a junior at SUNY Oswego.
    • Marthalyn Sweet – “God is Forgiving.”  Marthalyn is a junior at RIT.
    • Jefferson Dedrick – “God is With Us.”  Jefferson is a senior at SUNY Fredonia.

    The Conference Council on Youth Ministries (CCYM) has prepared these great workshop experiences for several workshop times at UPWORD! ’17:

    • “In-Jest”   led by Nels Creamean: In-Jest is a juggling unicycle riding experience that will make us laugh, and make us think. In-Jest will entertain us, before the event begins on Friday evening.  You won't want to miss it!
    • “God is in Movies”  led by Phil Phaneuf: Phil is back! One of our favorite workshop leaders in recent history will be with us to explore where God can be seen, heard, or experienced on the big screen!
    • “God is Just”   led by Our Conference Social Holiness Team: How is God invested in bringing justice into the world?  Members of our Upper New York Conference Social Holiness Team will help us explore this!
    • “God is Youth Advisors”   led by Mike Ratliff: Mike Ratliff is coming to give Youth Group Advisors a quick overview of the new human sexuality curriculum of the UMC – it provides a Christian perspective on our bodies, decisions, and relationships. Help your church equip its Youth Group Advisors to lead healthy conversations and create a holy community of support on this important topic in the lives of young people.
    • “God is Diverse”   led by Chris Jewel: God is diverse – creating the world with many different people. Come experience the joy of God's diverse creation!
    • “God is Hope”   led by Nola Anderson: The Conference Council on Youth Ministries (CCYM) got to enjoy a message from Nola (District Superintendent of the Crossroads District) in the summer of 2016 and we can't wait for you to hear her spread the word of how to find hope in God for the world.
    • “God is Organized”   led by Betsy O’Flynn: In this workshop, we will learn how to keep our lives organized with God's help!
    • "God is Security”   led by Sung Ho Lee: God is the one we can rely on to keep us safe in this world when there is so much to be fearful of. Sung Ho will bring in us a trust in God's Security
    • “God is Speaking”   led by Carol Doucette: This is a workshop on prayer, a two way conversation with God.
    • “God is Mingling”  led by the Upper NY Conference Camp Staff: Enjoy some time getting to know other youth and adults in fun and creative ways!
    • “God is Praying the Labyrinth”  led by Tony Hipes: Kick your shoes off!  This is Holy Ground. Tony will guide us in walking a prayer labyrinth.
    • “God is in the Devotion”  led by Mary Anderson: This workshop will help answer the question, “What is a Devotion?” and it will assist youth find resources and ideas on how to lead them.
    • “God is Peace”   led by MOP-er’s: This workshop is led by youth who have attended the most recent Mission of Peace (MOP).  Recent MOP-er’s will talk about their adventures and share photos of their experiences on the Mission of Peace to Nicaragua. 
    • “God is at College and Beyond”  led by former CCYM-er’s: Two past CCYM-ers talk about their experiences from their first and second years of college and where they have met God in them.
    • “God is YSF”   led by the Youth Service Fund Committee: Create your own YSF Meme!  And learn more about what the Youth Service Fund does, how you can help out, and how YSF funds can help you!
    • “God is the Bible”   led by Beckie Sweet: We will join Beckie in discussing the bible and how to apply it in our own lives!
    • “God is with Rob Bell”   led by Phil Phaneuf: With Phil, we will see some of Rob Bell's Nooma video series, where we will explore the world from a Jesus perspective.
    • “God is Calling”  led by Board of Ordained Ministry Members: Find out what God might be calling you to do in your own life!
    • “God is Doing Yoga”   led by Mary Anderson: Explore prayer through meditation and movement. 

    With more than 168,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 867 local churches and 65 new faith communities in 12 districts, covering 48,000 square miles in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state. Our mission is to “live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places."