A glimpse of the opening day of National Youth Conference (NYC) 2018, the every-four-years conference for Church of the Brethren youth.
In the morning, there is the calm before the storm. Everyone is hard at work–staff, youth workers, volunteers–but there are only a few precious hours before the youth arrive. Their buses are being loaded somewhere two, three, five hours away. Or perhaps they have been on buses for one, two, or more days. Some are walking through airport security now, some are preparing for their first flights. Experienced travelers are mixed together with the homesick, who may be leaving home for the first time.
It is with great excitement and anticipation that we announce the winners of the National Youth Conference (NYC) 2018 Speech Contest. These two youth will get to share their speeches with those attending NYC this summer in Fort Collins, Colo.
New to National Youth Conference in 2018: all service projects will take place on the campus of Colorado State University. NYC will be hosted at CSU in Fort Collins, Colo., on July 21-26, 2018. Registration opens online on Jan. 18, 2018, at 6 p.m. (central time) at www.brethren.org/nyc .
Participants in National Youth Conference (NYC) 2018 will focus on the theme “Bound Together: Clothed in Christ.” The scriptural theme is from Colossians 3:12-15: “As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful.”
Bits and pieces of info about NYC including links to the daily web pages covering the daily themes and scripture texts, a shout out to the first finishers of the 5K fun run, a “by the numbers” run-down of the conference, and more.
On a blisteringly hot Monday, willing volunteers from the 2014 National Youth Conference were spread from the Colorado State University campus beyond to the greater Fort Collins and Loveland areas, working at indoor and outdoor projects.
Tucked away in the coordinators’ office at National Youth Conference, Katie Cummings, Tim Heishman, and Sarah Neher took a few minutes to chat with me about the week so far. Between chirps on the walkie talkie and bites of gluten-free oatmeal, they caught me up on their unique perspective of this long-awaited event. We talked about what it has meant to be a part of NYC, and how it will affect their lives on the other side.
Over the course of six days at National Youth Conference, July 19-24, Brethren youth heard from 10 outstanding speakers who brought messages for morning and evening worship services each day. Here is an review of the messages for NYC 2014, written by NYC News Team volunteer Frank Ramirez:
NYC 2014: 1) That youth would encounter Christ: A conversation with the NYC coordinators. 2) NYC speakers encourage youth to seek their calling in Christ. 3) NYC enjoys a Brethren Block Party. 4) Reception welcomes international guests and NYC scholarship recipients. 5) Service projects take youth beyond campus borders to share with others. 6) Hiking trips take youth into Rocky Mountain National Park. 7) Blessed on the journey to NYC. 8) NYC bits and pieces. OTHER NEWS: 9) CWS announces efforts for unaccompanied child refugees, faith leaders and immigrant activists to protest deportations.
10) Brethren bits.