October 2015

Family & Children's Ministries Newsletter

NYE: Youth Event
July 26-30, 2016

Do you need a youth group summer trip, or a vacation your teen and family will love?

Join 4,000 or more Disciples and United Church of Christ youth from at least four continents at Walt Disney World’s Coronado Springs Resort in July 2016!

Who's invited?
All Disciples and UCC youth, aged 13-18 (and their families, leaders, and ministers).
NYE is a youth-centered event but seeks to serve all ages who are attending to support their youth. (Click here for NYE Family Friendly Trip Planning Information)

Where can I find out more?

The UCC NYE page has information on pricing, schedules, meals & lodging. The site will be updated as more details are finalized.

Disciples Summer Mission: 2016

June 27-July 1, 2016 in St. Louis
July 4-July 8, 2016 in Central Texas

The leadership team of Disciples Summer Mission is excited to announce that there will be two trips in the summer of 2016: St. Louis and Central Texas. Each location will accept 300 youth and adults per trips.  Cost will be $275 per person. The deadline to reserve spots through submitting an online group form is March 1st and a deposit of $75 per person is due at that time. The remaining balance and individual forms are due on May 1st.

DYMN Retreat:
March 29-31, 2016

Save the date for the 2016 DYMN Retreat at Disciples Crossing in Athens, TX - March 29-31.

The Disciples Youth Ministry Network is a partnership of ordained and licensed persons working in youth ministry. DYMN Retreats provide opportunities to connect, build peer relationships, and dialogue about trends in youth culture, personal identity, theology, exegesis, and faith development for young people.

Rev. Olivia Stewart!

We share our congratulations to Rev. Olivia Stewart! Rev. Stewart has accepted a full-time position at Central Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She will continue her focused work with Children Worship & Wonder and Disciples Home Missions as she enters into her new call.

Light a Candle for Children Prayer Vigil Highlights

We have been blessed with thoughtful (and powerful) prayers, drawings, and responses submitted by children from all over the country for this year's Light a Candle for Children Prayer Vigil.

"Dear Lord, please help stop as much as violence as possible. Because I feel like it is setting a role for todays children. Amen."
- Stephanie, Age 11 (United Disciples Christian in Richardson, TX)

- Sam (Tylersville Road Christian in Mason, OH)

"Gods message to me is like a scavenger hunt. I start off then god comes to me to lead the way...."
- Olivia, Age 11 (Land of the Sky UCC in Asheville, NC)

The Vigil continues online daily through October 18 (Children's Sabbath). Join us on Facebook, Twitter or the Light a Candle blog.

Upcoming Events

Ongoing CW&W Trainings

Children Worship & Wonder
Story Teller Trainings

Smithville, MO - October 24-25
Riverside, CA - November 6-7
Elyria, OH - November 13-14

Check our schedule for updates or contact Jessica Kramer.

Connect with us!
We love hearing about you and your local ministry. Share with us so we can share what you are doing with others:
Disciples Care for Children Group
Families and Children DHM
Text updates: Text @weeklyfc to 81010


P.O. Box 1986
Indianapolis, IN 46206

Rev. Olivia Stewart
Rev. Dr. Olivia Bryan Updegrove