Young People

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Campers and counselors explore the creek at Cedar Crest Camp in Lyles, Tenn., in 2017. Cedar Crest, like many other United Methodist camps, has suspended operations this summer due to COVID-19. File photo by Kathleen Barry, UM News.

Keeping heart of camping alive during COVID-19

Because of COVID-19, many United Methodist camps have had to cancel this year. That breaks the hearts of camp leaders who know how important the experience is to faith development.
Local Church
Ten-year-old Britney Sadete performs at Cranborne United Methodist Church in Harare, Zimbabwe, during The UMC’s Got Talent, an annual Zimbabwe Episcopal Area talent show, on July 28, 2019. Britney, who took first place in the under-12 category and second place overall, recently released her first album. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe, UM News.

Talented 10-year-old inspires others during pandemic

Young United Methodist leader Britney Sadete, who released her first album just days before Zimbabwe’s lockdown, connects with the isolated through her music.
Global Health
Wyatt Clarke, 15, plays bagpipes outside the house of a neighbor in Marysville, Michigan. The teen has been playing bagpipes to provide entertainment and solace to residents self-isolating during the coronavirus pandemic. Photo courtesy of Marysville United Methodist Church.

Helping out creatively during the pandemic

United Methodists are finding unusual ways to serve while waiting out the coronavirus.
Local Church
The Rev. Lea Matthews (left), associate pastor of St. Paul & St. Andrew United Methodist Church in New York City, offered a “Message for All Ages” about worry in a recent YouTube video, along with her daughter Nora. Churches are using creative ways to connect with and reassure children during the COVID-19 pandemic. Video image courtesy of St. Paul & St. Andrew United Methodist Church.

Helping children during the COVID-19 crisis

Sheltering in place is confusing for children accustomed to daily contact with friends and teachers. Church leaders offer advice on how to help them cope.

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