Northwest District

In-Gathering Youth Retreat

Friday November 6, 7:00 pm


Calling all youth groups and leaders!  Please know that you are invited to come to the Cherokee United Methodist Church on Friday November 6th for a youth retreat prior to the Bishop’s In-Gathering.  We ask that each group brings a chaperone for every 7 youth, a snack to share with the group, a readiness for fun meeting new friends, and your sleeping bags, pillows, etc… for a good nights’ sleep so we can do a “hands and feet” opportunity in serving at the In-Gathering as the ones who receive and repackage the kits churches bring.  The schedule is as follows:

  • 7:00-8:00 p.m. Register and get aquainted
  • 8:00 – 10:00 p.m. Organized Chaos as we play games together
  • 10:00 p.m. Devotions and Pizza
  • 11:00 p.m. Lights out in our rooms
  • 7:00 a.m. Rise and shine with breakfast
  • 7:30 a.m. Head to the In-Gathering to get instructions on our jobs. 
  • 12:00 Noon Head Home



As you can tell, I am not a “fancy flyer” kind of person.  I am volunteering to head this event because I believe in our youth and having fun serving.  I would welcome any volunteers in helping plan/organize the event.  A special shout out to Pastor Cris Decious from Cherokee for hosting the event this year, as it was held in Aurelia the past three years.  And thank you to the District office for assisting with the purchase of the pizza and breakfast items to make the event free to our youth who are willing to serve. 


I do request your RSVP to by Wednesday November 4th with your church name and the number of persons I can expect, so I can purchase the right amount of supplies, and bring the right amount of activity props. 


Your Fellow Servant in Christ,

Rev. Kevin Gingerich, Sheldon UMC