Youth Connections

Because annual conference is in the summer, it’s been designed so as to engage youth and young adults in new ways. All churches are encouraged to bring young people, either as members or visitors, or to participate in one of several off-site events taking place concurrently with conference session. 

Come as a member or guest

Experience the entire conference—worship, learning, conversation, and legislation—either as a voting member or a non-voting guest. 

STORM the Conference

Using the STORM Camp model, youth who have completed grades 7-12 will engage in hands-on mission projects in and around St. Cloud and participate in several key sessions at annual conference. The cost is $95 and includes lodging at St. Cloud State University dorms, meals, and programming. Check out the STORM scheduleRegister individually. Completed health form and release form are required.

Adult leaders are needed for a one to five ratio and will be asked to transport participants. 

Celebration in the Park

We'll gather from 6-9 p.m. at Lake George Park for a party with musical group Boiling Point, concessions and games, and the packing of 1,000 health kits for the United Methodist Committee on Relief. Additionally, all Minnesota United Methodist youth who have been confirmed within the past year will be invited to this celebration to be blessed.  

There is no charge to participate in this event. Drive in with a group of friends.

Open-space conversations

If you are coming for the Celebration in the Park, consider coming a little earlier and taking part in these unique conversations beginning at 2 p.m. Attendees will be invited to discuss key social justice issues and reflect on how Minnesota United Methodists can be a good gift to the world through open-space, small-group conversations. Attendees will chose from a variety of questions (perhaps relating to immigration, climate change, and living in unity, among many other possibilities) ones they most want to discuss and then gather in facilitated small groups to share their ideas with each other and write them down so that they can be compiled for all to see. Ideas that emerge from these discussions will help us discern the ways in which we’re called to work together to fulfill our mission.

Banquet with episcopal address and communion

There is room at the table for everyone as we gather to kick off annual conference with a family-style meal, the bishop's episcopal address, and communion. Make a day of it and come at 11 a.m. There is a $15 per person charge for youth groups attending the banquet.


For planning purposes, we ask youth groups coming for Tuesday activities to complete a brief registration.

Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church

122 West Franklin Avenue, Suite 400 Minneapolis, MN 55404

(612) 870-0058