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2021 Middle School Conference

July 13–17, 2021SummerYouth
Event hosted by Montreat Conference Center

The Middle School Conference is designed for youth who have completed fifth, sixth, seventh, or eighth grade by summer 2020, and for their group leaders. Adults must be fully registered and housed with their youth in campus housing. The daily schedule includes keynote, worship, recreation, singing, small groups, and many other activities.

The conference will be held at Maryville College, a PC(USA) affiliated private college, located in Maryville, Tennessee, between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, Tennessee.


Planning to Gather

We miss being together. We feel strongly that being together in community is one of the main ways we live our call to Christian discipleship.

So, in the hopes that pandemic circumstances will improve to allow us to be on site together in 2021, our directors, planning teams, and leaders for Youth and Middle School conferences are at work to create on site, in person conference experiences. They have met virtually to select themes for each conference, and in January our leaders will take the next steps toward building these conferences. Both teams emphasized the central importance of making connections with one another and with God, and of course we know that conferences allow for that growth to happen in a unique way.

Being together next summer may require some modifications for maintaining social distance and maximizing time outdoors. As the summer approaches we will be preparing those modifications and telling you about them. Get ready! We will modify as we go according to what’s required!

Prepared for Adaptation

Even as we plan for gathering, we have to be prepared for just about anything. Last spring taught us that we can adapt to some curveballs when necessary. Between March and June we had multiple conference plans – from “normal” to “online” and a few in between – on the table all at once.

If necessary, we’ll adapt again. Our goal is to be together, and we hope that means face to face. But we’ll be prepared to adapt if the pandemic and good sense require it.


Need to talk to a real person? Contact Hope Barker, Youth Conference Registrar, at hopeb@montreat.org, or call 828.419.9828.

Leadership

Ways to Participate

Conference Participant

The Middle School Conference is designed for youth who have completed fifth, sixth, seventh, or eighth grade, and for their group leaders. All groups must include at least one adult for every six young people. Adults must be fully registered and housed with their youth in campus housing. Child care is not provided during this conference.

High School Students

High school students have an opportunity to participate in the Middle School Conference in a unique way – as a member of the Work Crew. We are looking for high school students who want to attend the conference with their church groups. You will have the chance to help the conference planning team during the week. You will work behind the scenes, learn the ropes, and get an up-close look at what is involved in running a Middle School Conference. Cost is $180. The number of work crew members will be limited.

Work Crew applications are not available at this time.
Small Group Leaders

Small Group Leaders provide critical guidance for the heart of the Youth and Middle School Conferences by leading small groups (approx. 25-30 people). If you are 21 or older and can contribute some part of your summer, click the button below!

Conference Planning Team

Yes, you too can be a part of planning this wonderful conference for a future group of youth! Click the button below to learn more.

Conference Registration

This Comprehensive rate includes conference, room, and meals. The rate you pay per person is dictated by the date you register. A person registered later might pay a different rate than the rest of your group. Registration rates are as follows:

Enrollment Date Registration Rate
Before April 1, 2021
($100 deposit due at registration)
$415
April 1, 2021–May 13, 2021
(full rate due at registration)
$435
After May 13, 2021
(full rate due at registration)
$455

Maryville College

The conference will be held at Maryville College, a PC(USA) affiliated private college, which is ideally situated on 263-acres in Maryville, Tennessee, between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state’s third largest city. Easy to access from either I-40 or I-75, the campus is also just five miles away from McGhee Tyson Airport. Driving time is approximately three hours and twenty minutes from Atlanta, four hours from Charlotte, and 30 minutes from Knoxville. The physical address for the college is Maryville College, 502 E. Lamar Alexander Pkwy, Maryville, TN, 37804. Check out their campus map.

Accommodations

Groups will be housed in dorms on the campus of Maryville College. Dorm rooms have twin beds and mostly hall baths. All rooms are air-conditioned.

Schedule

All times and events are tentative.

Tuesday
3:00-6:00 pm - Registration (Bartlett)
4:00-6:00 pm - Small Group Leader Training
5:00-6:30 pm - Dinner
7:15 pm - Opening Night
8:30 pm - Recreation
10:00 pm - Dorm Orientation
10:30 pm - Back Home Group
11:30 pm - Lights Out

Wednesday
7:00-8:30 am - Breakfast
9:00 am - Energizers, Music & Keynote
10:15 am - Small Group Dismissal
10:30 am - Small Group #1
12:00-1:30 pm - Lunch
2:00 pm - Small Group #2
3:30 pm - Recreation
5:00-6:30 pm - Dinner
7:15 pm - Worship
8:30 pm - Recreation
10:30 pm - Back Home Group
11:30 pm - Lights Out

Thursday
7:00-8:30 am - Breakfast
9:00 am - Energizers, Music & Keynote
10:30 am - Small Group #3
12:00-1:30 pm - Lunch
2:00 pm - Small Group #4
3:30 pm - Recreation
5:00-6:30 pm - Dinner
7:15 pm - Worship
8:30 pm - Recreation
10:30 pm - Back Home Group
11:30 pm - Lights Out

Friday
7:00-8:30 am - Breakfast
9:00 am - Energizers, Music & Keynote
10:30 am - Small Group #5
12:00-1:30 pm - Lunch
2:00 pm - Small Group #6
3:30 pm - Recreation
5:00-6:30 pm - Dinner
7:15 pm - Worship
8:30 pm - Recreation
10:30 pm - Back Home Group
11:30 pm - Lights Out

Saturday
7:30-8:30 am - Breakfast
8:30 am - Check Out begins
9:00 am - Closing Worship with Communion
10:00 am - Late Check Out, Depart, and GO IN PEACE!!!

Resources

Welcome Back-Home Leaders!

Please visit the Back Home Leader Information page for resources and necessary information to help your youth conference experience be a success.  We'll help you prepare for your trip, let you know where to go when you get here, and also tell you about a special treat, just for back-home leaders!

Download the Back Home Leader Packet.
Covenant Form

MyMontreat.org will allow group leaders to do the following:

  • The group leader will be able to send a link to their youth allowing them to complete their covenant/participant information online.
  • Once completed, the group leader can print out the completed covenant signature page.

When you receive your back home packet sixty days before your conference, you will be given further instructions about this process. You can also find instructions at mymontreat.org.

Scholarships

Limited scholarship funds are available for this conference.

Commissioning Service Liturgy

In response to requests, we’ve developed brief liturgy for a short service for commissioning the young people and adult leaders who are heading to the Montreat Middle School Conference this summer.

Conference Resources

Need some tools to promote your trip to Middle School Conference? Check out our conference resources for marketing materials to print and place around your church and an inventory of resources from past conferences.

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