Registration for the 2018 National Youth Conference of the Church of the Brethren opens in six days on Thursday, Jan. 18, at 6 p.m. (central time). NYC takes place at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo., on July 21-26. Find the registration site, samples of registrations, and details about the conference at www.brethren.org/nyc .
“Check out what the registration forms will look like, and see exactly what registration information you will need,” said an invitation from NYC coordinator Kelsey Murray. “Don’t forget you’ll receive a free drawstring backpack for registering by Jan. 21 at midnight!”
The registration fee is $500; a non-refundable deposit of $250 must be paid at the time of registration. Youth groups are encouraged to register together, and may pay by mailing a check to the Youth and Young Adult Ministry office or by paying online with a credit card. If paying by check, the deposit is due within a week of registering. The rest of the registration payment is due by April 30.
When registering for NYC, remember to order an official blue NYC t-shirt. Sunday, July 22, will be NYC Shirt Day during the conference. “Let’s fill Moby Arena with blue!” said Murray’s invitation. Shirts cost $20 and will be mailed to participants in June.
The NYC office will be offering a Facebook live video that day at 6:45 p.m. (central time) so that people who are making registrations may ask questions about the process and receive answers in real time. After the Facebook live video event closes, an Instagram live video is planned to follow immediately thereafter. Find the NYC Facebook page at www.facebook.com/nyc2018 . Link to NYC’s Instagram at www.instagram.com/cobnyc2018 .
Registration parties and lock-ins
“We would love to see photos from your registration parties and lock-ins!” Murray says. “We can't wait to see all the fun youth are having and the excitement building around NYC 2018!” E-mail photos to firstname.lastname@example.org or message them to the NYC Facebook page or NYC Instagram account.
Air travel update
NYC has an agreement with Southwest Airlines for discounted fares to Denver, Colo. To receive the discount, purchase tickets between Jan. 15 and June 30. The link to the discount webpage will be shared on Jan. 15. Participants will receive 2 percent off “Wanna get away” fares, 8 percent off “Any time” fares, or 8 percent off “Business select” fares. As always, Southwest offers two free checked bags. All bookings must include one traveler who is 18 years or older at the time of booking.
NYC Speech Contest
Youth are invited to submit entries for the NYC Speech Contest. “Do you have a message to share?” said Murray’s invitation. “How does the theme scripture speak to your life and context? What would you want to be heard among your generation and greater denomination? Write it down, record it, and send it in!”
The topic of speeches should center on the NYC theme, “Bound Together: Clothed in Christ” (Colossians 3:12-15, with emphasis on verse 14). Only youth attending NYC 2018 are invited to enter. Entries must include a written and an audio or video copy of the speech. Entries should be 500-700 words (about 10 minutes spoken), and e-mailed to the NYC Office by April 1.