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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    Conference Council on Youth Ministry (CCYM)

    Conference Council on Youth Ministries

    CCYM (Conference Council on Youth Ministries) is a leadership team comprised of youth from throughout the Upper New York Conference. With the support of adult coordinators each youth works through a team of their choice to design and present events to help guide youth on their personal spiritual journey. 

    This group of young people in grade 7-12 have the opportunity to express themselves and make new friends. They are welcomed with open arms and accepted and loved. Not only are they a leadership team, but a family joined by the everlasting bonds of friendship.

    POSTPONED: OUTWARD! 2020 Registration is NOW OPEN! Reserve your spot today!

    Given the current environment of health concerns, particularly around the COVID-19 virus also known as the Coronavirus, the Conference Council on Youth Ministries is postponing OUTWARD! 2020 that was to be held this weekend, March 13-15. In the coming weeks we will announce new dates for this event. Questions may be directed to Tony Hipes, 607-624-2989 or by email (

    Fall District Events

    November brought the first taste of winter with an early snow, but it did not stop the three district Youth events held on consecutive weekends.

    Albany/Mohawk/Oneonta/Albany Districts
    Friday/Saturday, November 8/9

    We had a very successful event in Albany this weekend with approximately 45 in attendance!! Thank you to the youth and adults who did an awesome job from Adirondack, Mohawk, Oneonta and Albany districts!! You all are amazing!

    Genesee Valley/Crossroads/Finger Lakes
    Saturday, November 16

    Our multi-district youth event was held at Rush UMC and Faith UMC with 7 churches represented. Our ‘journey’ started with worship and games at Rush and then moved to Faith for more games, dinner and closing worship.

    Thanks to all the adults and CCYM youth for making this event successful.

    Cornerstone/Mountain View Districts
    Saturday, November 23

    Cornerstone and Mountain View Districts held a regional youth gathering at Christ UMC in Olean NY.  There were 24 youth and 11 adults representing 7 different churches. We worshiped, held family group, participated in 2 workshops (How do I pray? & How can I be filled with the holy spirit?), ate great snacks and lunch, and played lots of 9 square in the air!

    Youth adults really enjoyed themselves and grew closer to Christ.  We are so thankful we did this!

    Monthly Devotional

    Click here to read a CCYM devotional, provided by Charley Miller, Joseph Sumner, Amelia Elmen, and Chevy Sumner, who attend Queensbury UMC in the Adirondack District.  

    With more than 144,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 865 local churches and 91 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."