“National Youth Conference 2006 is starting to take shape!” reports Emily Tyler, one of the three coordinators of the 2006 National Youth Conference (NYC) along with Cindy Laprade and Beth Rhodes.
NYC will be held July 22-27, in Fort Collins, Colo., on the campus of Colorado State University. Youth who have completed ninth grade through one year of college and accompanied by an adult advisor are eligible to attend.
To help preview activities for this NYC, each congregation was sent a promotional DVD; also check the website (www.nyc2006.org) for updates.
The theme, “Come and See,” is based on John 1:35-39.
“When the disciples asked Jesus where he was staying, instead of telling them, he invited them to ‘come and see,’” the coordinators report. “This is in keeping with Church of the Brethren heritage; letting actions speak louder than words. By inviting the disciples to come and see, Jesus called them to a disciple’s life. NYC is the youth of the denomination’s invitation to come and see who God is calling them to become as individuals, as disciples of Christ, as the Church of the Brethren, and as God’s people living in a broken world.”
Registrations for NYC will be accepted on-line from Jan. 1-April 3, 2006. Cost per person is $400, including all programs, lodging, and food. A deposit of $200 must be paid when registering, with the balance due by April 3, 2006. Register before Feb. 15 and receive a free t-shirt!
- Youth Speech Contest: Youth are invited to write a 550-700 word (about 10 min. spoken) speech focusing on the NYC theme. The two top entrants will give their speeches during a worship service at NYC. Entries, including both a written and an audio copy, are due Jan. 1, 2006.
- Theme Song Contest: Anyone interested in writing music and lyrics may enter a song based on the NYC theme. The entry that is chosen will serve as the theme song for NYC 2006. Submissions, including both a printed and audio copy, are due Nov. 1.
- Youth Worker Applications: Application forms are ready and waiting to be sent to those interested in volunteering. Contact the NYC Office: 800-323-8039, or email@example.com.