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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    Youth Fall Gatherings

    Fall Gathering – 2016 – God is.

    Registration is now LIVE ON LINE for both East and West locations of the annual CCYM Fall Gatherings.

    East - Saratoga Springs UMC - November 11-12: Click here to register    

    West - Aldersgate UMC - November 18-19: Click here to register   

    Register your youth group now for the date and place best for you.  Each host church is providing a God is Fun during gathering time just before registration.  Expect to share in inspiring worship, family groups, late night activities and, of course, wonderful workshops.  Workshops this year include:  God is diverse, God is a leader, God is forgiving, God is speaking, God is now and God is Peace.  These 6 workshops will be presented at both locations. 

    Those of you going to Saratoga Springs in the East will be informed and entertained by MCs Bri Joos and Julio Guity.  The following weekend, Meredith Forbes and Zach Aiosa will be your guides as MCs.

    At our September CCYM meeting Aaron Moore did a diversity training with us. Aaron is a professional actor/playwriter/director, he is also an anti racism/diversity workshop leader, he graduated college from Suny Potsdam. He lives in Albany, NY, and goes to Emmaus United Methodist Church.  PPP Team had the opportunity to interview Aaron on Saturday.

    What inspired you to do training about diversity?

    "What inspired me was when I was a youth on CCYM and in my youth group, I felt excluded from different things, and nobody would really invite me to things,...and I didn't want other people to feel the same way I did."

    How did your experience on CCYM influence what you do today?

     Aaron had great leaders who really helped him out. "The training I received on CCYM was great because I had wonderful wonderful leaders...and they let us be free to have fun and share our journey with God with each other...and also help us out a little bit as well."

    If you had any advice to the Christian youth, what would you say?

    "I would say have fun on your journey with God, don't take everything so seriously.  You can have a funny conversation with God...I want people to enjoy their conversations with God, I want them to be so comfortable with God, they feel like they're talking to their best friend."

    Why did you choose to be a part of CCYM when you were a youth?

     "I chose to be part of CCYM because I went to their first event and I saw how close they were to each other, I saw how close they were to the adults, it was literally looking like a second family to me...and I wanted that, I wanted to be a part of that too."

    What's your favorite CCYM memory?

    "My favorite CCYM memory would be my first 4Word (now called UpWord!)...I was an MC for the first time, I was on the design team for the first time, and I had responsibility...but it was good because I was sharing my responsibilities with other youth...and during my first 4Word it was so great to see so many kids running around and playing, and having fun and doing games."

    Anything else you would like to share about yourself or what you do?

    "I would like to share if anybody sees me at Fall Gathering or UpWord!, or any other CCYM event and just wants to talk to me or feel comfortable sharing with me about things...I just want people to know it's okay to do that, I hope I encourage you to do that, to share...I want people to feel comfortable sharing with me on certain topics, or any topic at all."

    Aaron will be joining us as a workshop leader at both Fall Gatherings!

    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."