Youth Conference Edition
You may have heard: we’re doing something new this year! We know that an online experience isn’t the same as being in Anderson Auditorium together, but we didn’t want to leave our youth conferees without a chance to feel the Montreat community, especially after they have lost so many other rites of passage this spring. Montreat@Home is an experience that’s suitable to a virtual format and customizable by youth leaders depending on local circumstances.
How does this work?
We’ve made Montreat@Home a balance of contemplation and creation. There are daily opportunities to listen and cultivate your faith as a community, even in the midst of social distancing.
Leaders will be given access to activities, guides, videos, and other resources that will equip them to lead an adjusted Youth Conference for their youth whenever they are able to gather together in whatever capacity they are able or allowed.
Montreat @ Home is centered around two ideas: Listening and Living.
Listening is the way to hear the Word of God. Our leadership uses stories, scripture, and song to guide youth in exploring our conference theme. These experiences are video based, accessible individually or as a group. Listening activities include:
- Daily welcome & devotional
- Daily theme messages from our leaders
- Faith Out Loud -- a collection of interviews and videos that showcase the breadth of the PC(USA) and beyond
- A Friday closing worship service (bring your candle)
Living is our response to the theme. This a chance to engage youth with the conference theme and the message brought by our leadership. Living resources contain:
- Unique ways to connect with others, even at a distance
- Fun games & activities
- Discussion questions
- Manuals to better understand the theme and material
While this experience isn't relegated to a time specific schedule, it is based on a five-day sequence. Of course, you can use these materials in your own timing. You will receive complete materials when you access the portal. And those materials will remain archived there for future use. Daily activities include:
This is an introduction message for all youth to motivate, engage, and prepare them for the conference theme exploration of the day.
Hear a devotion from a leader about the conference theme using scripture, story, and prayer. This video will be approximately 10 minutes long and accessible from the leader and participant resources.
Faith Out Loud
These will be interviews that tell the stories of others in the PC(USA): stories of faith, of purpose, and of entertainment.
Back Home Sessions
Back Home sessions are built for customization, depending on the gathering restrictions your group is under. The Back Home Leader will be provided activities, discussion questions, and other resources to facilitate these sessions.
This includes videos, podcasts, and musical performances to enhance the Montreat @ Home experience.
|Omayra Gonzalez-Mendez & Eric Dillenbeck|
|Session #1||Pastor Cecelia Armstrong|
|Session #2||Bruce Reyes Chow & Analise Pugh|
|Session #3||Aisha Brooks-Lytle|
|Session #4||Kathy & Nick Reed|
|Session #5||Mark Montgomery|
|Music||The Nettletons and Jerry Chapman & Steve Lindsley|
Thanks to our amazing Creative Team
Frequently Asked Questions
We appreciate your patience. We will have better information early next week. In the mean time, here are some questions we can answer.
If you are staying in our housing (Assembly Inn, Winsborough, Glen Rock Inn, Hickory Lodge, or Reynolds Lodge) and you would like to have a retreat during the time that you had planned on attending Youth Conference, then you might be able to do so. Please email Alli Gribben at firstname.lastname@example.org by June 15th if you are interested in keeping your Montreat Conference Center housing.
If you have other housing reserved, please contact your rental entity to find out if they are still renting during this time. We can’t prevent you from coming, but access to Montreat activities will be limited
Please acquaint yourself with the active restrictions in Buncombe County and the state of North Carolina. The Montreat store opens June 12. Montreat staff are available, but our offices are still closed to public traffic.