Youth and adult workers with youth recently enjoyed Youth Ignite events held at Camp Istrouma, Asbury United Methodist Church in Bossier City and Uskichitto Retreat Center. More than 400 participated in the events, which emphasized fellowship, spiritual development and having fun in an outdoor setting!
Participants from the southern part of the conference gathered Aug. 22 at Camp Istrouma, located just north of Baton Rouge. Nearly 200 youth and adults had a great time swimming, canoeing and bouncing each other off the “blob” in the camp’s lake. The Freedom Steppers of St. Mark UMC (Baton Rouge District) performed an awesome routine for the youth. Worship was led by the St. Andrews UMC (Baton Rouge District) youth band, with a great message delivered by Rev. Max Zenner, associate pastor of Rayne Memorial UMC (New Orleans District). Regardless of the rain, a wonderful time was had by all!
Asbury UMC in Bossier City was the site for the Youth Ignite event for the youth in the northern part of the state. More than 80 came to the Sept. 12 event, which featured worship led by the Asbury UMC youth band and a keynote speech by Kenny Morrow. A ton of games were played and connections were made among youth and adults. Those connections launched the first Shreveport District-wide Ultimate Game Night at Benton UMC--and the District looks forward to having more events together.
Youth Ignite West was held Sept. 19 at Uskichitto Retreat Center located in Leblanc, La. More than 140 youth and adults in attendance had a blast during the event which was focused on this year’s theme of “Rooted in Christ.” Here is a testimony from one of the youth who was a part of planning and leading this year’s event:
“DCYM youth from the Lake Charles and Acadiana Districts met together and planned Youth Ignite for the “Western Kingdom.” Together, we came up with the activities for the day that were to be held at Camp Uskichitto. Several of us arrived on Friday night to help set up and go over the schedule for the next day. I was excited that I was assigned to lead a small group. The day of the event, we woke up early and set up all the activities. Everyone was really excited when the churches started arriving. When we were about to get into our small groups, I started getting really nervous but as we went to our first station I became more confident. I was able to connect with my group and we had an amazing time. It was really cool being able to help people who were really shy break out of their shells and have a great time. It was awesome seeing what we had put down on paper in the meeting come to life, and seeing youth enjoying the activities."
Sara Barr, First UMC, Houma (Acadiana District Council of Youth Ministries, DCYM)