Annual conference is an event for the entire family. Here are options for the youngest attendees:
Everyone is welcome, not just conference participants. There will be lawn games and inflatables, plus the park has a water pad, playground, peddle boats and more. Come on by! All are welcome (even if you are not attending conference). No registration is required.
Licensed providers will care for infants through kindergarten-age children at the Kelly Inn (attached to the convention center). The cost is $30 per day and includes lunch and snacks. Children are encouraged to bring a favorite toy (one they are willing to share) and comfort items. Times when child care is available are:
Tuesday – 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (camp revival at the park is in the evening)
Wednesday – 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (free child care is available during the Celebration of Life in Ministry service)
Thursday – 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Children who have completed kindergarten through sixth grade are invited to day camp with field trips and fun! This camp is based at the Holiday Inn. Staff from Koronis Ministries and Northern Pines Camp will lead three days of activities in and around St. Cloud, including day trips to area attractions and a trip to Koronis for swimming, canoeing, archery, and camp exploration. Plus, there will be plenty of time to enjoy the awesome facilities at the St. Cloud Holiday Inn. The focus of this camp will be safety and sharing Christ, community, and creation. Cost is $135 per camper.
Camp is based at the St. Cloud Holiday Inn (75 S. 37th Ave.) with drop off and pick up in the activity area. To use the pools, participants and their families are expected to be guests of the Holiday Inn ($84 per night, for reservations call 320-253-9000); please contact Gail Johnson for alternate arrangements.
Tuesday – Recreation center with field trip – drop-off, 7:30-10:30 a.m.; pick-up 5-6 p.m.
Wednesday – Camp day at Koronis – drop-off, 7:30-8 a.m.; pick-up, 5-6 p.m.
Thursday – Recreation center with field trip – drop-off, 7:30-8 a.m.; pick-up, 4-5 p.m.
Participants will need to bring a swimsuit and towel. Lunch and snacks will be provided. Register children as you register for conference. Bring a completed health form and release form with you the first day.
Calling all youth! We are excited to once again offer a Leadership Track at Annual Conference this June. Youth from junior high to high-school age are invited to attend conference as a voting member or come as a guest in the Leadership Track to gather with others their age and learn about the ins and outs of our church. Lindsey Nuehring and Rev. Erica Koser, conference youth staff, will lead the Leadership Track throughout Annual Conference.
Youth will have the chance to talk about legislation, explore a call to ministry, and experience Annual Conference with other youth. With daily check-in times and some fun extras, participants will have a chance to engage in the policy-making, worship, and networking that happens at Annual Conference. Encourage the youth and young adults in your church to take part in this enriching experience! If you have questions, please contact Lindsey or Erica.
When registering for Conference, indicate Lay Person, Youth or Young Adult (voting or non-voting). You will be asked if you are an unaccompanied minor and if you want to participate in the Leadership Track.
The board room at the Convention Center is equipped with comfortable seating and some simple kid activities providing a space for nursing moms or young participants to have a quiet moment to themselves. This will also be the location for drop-in childcare during the Celebration of Life in Ministry.
Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church