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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    Conference Council on Youth Ministry (CCYM)

    The first of this year’s Fall Gatherings, the “East” Gathering, begins in just five weeks!  And the “West” Gathering follows just one week later! Is your youth group registered yet? Are you making plans to register soon? Click on the link to the right for more details on the events!

    Here are some thoughts on this year’s theme, “God is,” from Meredith Forbes, a CCYM member from Asbury UMC in Watertown, in the Northern Flow District:

    “God is the acts of kindness that counteract the evil wrongs of the world.  This world is full of wrongful actions and hurtful words.  Wrongs are taken against people every day in every way, shape and form.  However, God shows through these wrongful actions with a larger positive consequence.  Bad things happen to all people but God fixes all these things for us.  He either uses these wrongs to teach us a lesson or to make us stronger individuals that affect others.  God also does a great thing after a bad event by giving us something better.  God never plans to hurt us only to make us stronger.  God gives us forgiveness to forgive the people or things that hurt us, because at the time they may hurt, but they are only to make us stronger.  God is in all of these positive actions, positive and encouraging words from others, or a lesson that he has planned for us to learn to improve our lives.”

    For pictures of the new CCYM, a cool image of the theme, and more, check out the Facebook page called Youth of the Upper New York Annual Conference.

    For details on this coming year’s events, check out the links to the right!

    Have questions about CCYM? Contact your co-chairs, Katie Allen and Elyse Muder, at!

    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."