Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church

OKUMC and OIMC youth participate in Youth 2019


Youth from the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference and Oklahoma Annual Conference attend YOUTH 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. Photo by Courtney Blacksten
By Courtney Blacksten

Youth 2019 was the national gathering of United Methodist Youth put on by Discipleship Ministries. The quadrennial event was held in Kansas City, Missouri from July 10-13. Youth from both the Oklahoma Annual Conference and Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference attended the event.

In total, Youth 2019 had over 3,100 attendees. The event provided a space for youth to connect with other youth and their leaders, denominational leaders and connectional agencies, and to learn about the wide variety of ministries of the United Methodist Church.

The event’s theme was “Love Well,” based on Romans 12:9-10. Participants were challenged to expand their understanding of what it means to love God, self, and others, and to do it well. Young people participated in small groups, workshops, Bible study and outreach, collectively packing over 100,000 bags of food. OIMC youth led an opening prayer for worship participated in a panel discussions on growing up Native and Native issues.

The South Central Jurisdiction hosted a gathering during the event for youth from across the jurisdiction to join together and meet one another. Representatives from each conference within the jurisdiction shared about what is going on in their conference, and they elected four young people to attend the 2020 Jurisdictional Conference as official observers. On Friday evening, Oklahoma City University hosted a pizza party for the Oklahoma groups to gather for food and fellowship.

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Youth from Collinsville headed to Youth 2019.
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Youth Directors hanging out with the Wesley Brothers in the exhibition hall.
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OKUMC Youth packing school supplies as part of a service project during Youth 2019.
Photos by Courtney Blacksten.


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