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Registration is open for Lake Junaluska’s summer youth events, under the theme “Kairos: Your Moment of Opportunity.”

Middle school and high school youth groups may sign up for one of six events to be held in June and July.

Each three- or four-night event features morning and evening worship sessions as well as small groups, spiritual workshops and evening vespers.

During the afternoons, youth participate in recreational activities at Lake Junaluska, off-site adventures such as rafting or zip-lining, or mission projects through Asheville Youth Mission, a partner of Lake Junaluska.

“Kairos refers to an opportune moment in your life where you recognize the ways God is calling you to live, be or become,” said the Rev. Mitzi Johnson, director of programming at Lake Junaluska. “We’re excited to invite youth this summer to be shaped by God so that God, through them, can shape the world.

“We want youth who come to step into ‘God’s time’ and to develop the courage to seize those extraordinary moments of opportunity.”

Speakers and bands from across the Southeast will explore the Kairos theme in their messages. In small groups, youth will discuss topics ranging from who they are in God’s eyes to how they are called to serve.

“These speakers are all extremely gifted and passionate about sharing the Gospel with and inspiring youth,” said Johnson.

Summer Youth Events include three or four nights of lodging, meals and programming that includes morning and evening sessions with small groups, workshops, worship and vespers.

Rates start at $299 per person for a three-night event and $368 per person for a four-night event. Groups of 10 participants or more that register before April 8 receive $100 off the registration price for their groups.

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Summer Schedule

Event 1 – June 15-19Rev. Andy Lambert, senior pastor at Oak Ridge United Methodist Church in Oak Ridge, North Carolina, has proclaimed the Gospel across the United States and abroad at such venues as comedy clubs, churches and colleges. Also: Jimmy Atkins and the Light ’Em Ups and a talent show, outdoor movie and Sunday morning worship in Stuart Auditorium.

Event 2 – June 20-23: Rev. Juan Huertas, pastor of Grace Community United Methodist Church in Shreveport, Louisiana, and a contributor to Ministry Matters and who dives headfirst into deep theological questions in a way that engages and enthralls. Also: Abbye West Pates and a talent show.

Event 3 – June 23-27: Stephanie Caro, senior consultant for Ministry Architects and author of “Thriving Youth Ministry in Smaller Churches” and “99 Thoughts for the Smaller Church Youth Worker.” Also: Abbye West Pates, a talent show and an outdoor movie.

Event 4 – June 27-30: Rev. Janjay Innis, nurture pastor at The Nett Church, a multi-campus United Methodist Church in Gwinett County, Georgia, and a former US-2 missionary who served as a social justice advocate in Tacoma, Washington. Also: Zachariah Suggs and illusionist Josh Lozoff.

Event 5 – June 30-July 3: Rev. Jeremy Steele, next generation minister at Christ United Methodist Church in Mobile, Alabama, senior editor of the Seedbed Youth Ministry Collective, and author of “Reclaiming the Lost Soul of Youth Ministry.” Also: Zachariah Suggs and illusionist Josh Lozoff.

Event 6 – July 10-14: Rev. Kevin Wright, former executive minister of programs at The Riverside Church in New York City, now chief program officer at the Urban Arts Partnership in New York City where he helps public schools close the achievement gap for underserved students. Also: Jimmy Atkins and the Light ’Em Ups, a talent show and a comedian.

More information about speakers, bands and entertainers.




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