3,500 expected for weekend 2 of Resurrection youth retreat

3,500 expected for weekend 2 of Resurrection youth retreat


GATLINBURG, Tenn. -- Some 6,559 youth and counselors attended the first weekend of Resurrection, Holston Conference’s 29th annual winter event for youth, held in a mountain tourist town.

An additional 3,500 are registered for the second weekend, to be held Jan. 24-26 at Gatlinburg Convention Center.

The majority of participants attended from Holston Conference’s nearly 900 United Methodist churches in east Tennessee, southwest Virginia, and north Georgia. However, some came from other denominations and other conferences.

The Rev. B Failes, pastor at Thrasher Memorial United Methodist Church, brought 16 youth from his Vinton, Va., congregation.

“We come every year, because we don't have this kind of event in the Virginia [United Methodist] Conference,” he said.

This year’s speaker is the Rev. Andy Nixon, lead pastor for The Loft campus of Woodlands United Methodist Church in Woodlands, Texas. The band is The City Harmonic of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, returning for the second year.

Youth in the first weekend of the annual event, held Jan. 17-19 at Gatlinburg Convention Center, gave offerings of $16,000 for Youth Service Fund and $5,500 for education in South Sudan, Holston leaders said.

Stories and photos from Resurrection’s weekend 1 are now available at http://Facebook.Holston.org.

The Call will cover portions of weekend 2, Jan. 24-26, on Facebook at The Call/ Holston Conference UMC and on Twitter @ TheCall_Holston.

For additional information and coverage, visit ResurrectionYouth.com and the Resurrection Facebook page.

Questions? Contact Resurrection staff at registraryouth@holston.org or (865) 256-0773.