Youth & Young Adult Ministries

The Youth and Young Adult Boards are supported with Our Church's Wider Mission (OCWM) funds to provide wider-church programming for their peers. Annual youth and young adult events include: A Simple Gathering for young adults, Fall Assembly for 6th-12th grades, and Spring Connection for 6th-12th grades.

These boards meet together to plan, evaluate and publicize events. Board members are youth, young adults and mentors interested in planning discussion, fellowship and worship opportunities primarily at Merom Conference Center, our Conference's camp location.

Events beyond our Conference's borders include young adult mission trips - local, national and international; the Great Lakes Regional Youth Event; National Youth Event; and General Synod.

We are aware that some youth may not have an adult able to attend with them. Chaperone responsibilities can be arranged with other adults attending the event. We want to provide the safest atmosphere possible for all participants of the retreat. In order to accomplish this, we require all adult participants to complete a volunteer application and disclosure form and a background check. Please complete the consent form and email it to the IKC office.

Upcoming Youth & Young Adult Events:

Spring Connection Youth Retreat

When: April 15-17

Where: Merom Conference Center

Cost: $95 per person (includes lodging, meals and t-shirt)

Registration Deadline: March 30 to receive t-shirt, April 8 final registration deadline

Theme: Life Is A Journey

Like Nemo, sometimes we get a little lost. How do we get back on track and find our way? Psalms 119:105 tells us that God's "word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path." Join us as we walk (or swim) our way through this thing called life. We will use the word of God and "Finding Nemo" to figure out how to find our way by accepting ourselves and all the people we meet along the way.


This retreat is open to youth in grades 6-12. The registration fee is $95 per person and includes lodging, meals and a retreat t-shirt.


National Youth Event

When: July 26-29, 2016

Where: Walt Disney World

Cost: $549 Per Person

Registration: Now-May 1: Youth Only Registration, Beginning May 1: Youth & Family Registration

Theme: Believe

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Mark your calendar to attend the most magical NATIONAL YOUTH EVENT (NYE) of all! Join 4,000 UCC and Disciples youth from across the country and world at Walt Disney World's Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.