IDEAS_SUMYT-teamAs a team, SUMYT spends almost a year planning and working to make its retreat possible. This planning team has 19 youth in grades 8 through 12 that meet every month. There’s always room on the team for more! If you attend a church in the Seattle district, come to a meeting and see for yourself how much fun being on a leadership team can be. The SUMYT work hard, play hard, and want YOU to be a part of it!


SUMYT 2016: Not All Who Wander Are Lost
By Jessie Robinson | Photos by Laura Martin and Kelly Melvin


Join us at SUMYT 2016: Not All Who Wander Are Lost!

SUMYT (Seattle United Methodist Youth Team) has a weekend retreat planned, organized and run by youth/for youth in grades 6-12. We will meet at Camp Indianola March 18-20, 2016 as we spend the weekend hanging out by the water, making new friends and growing in our faith.

We are very excited for our special guest speaker, Kristen Moon aka Moonie, who will speak at each rally and help us learn how to deal with feeling lost with our friends, family, faith and lives in general.


In addition to the great message Moonie will give us at the rallies, we’ll have fun together at the 4th Annual Amazing Race! It’s a combination of group challenges (scavenger hunt and photo challenge) that help small groups of youth grow close. Youth get to pick the small group they want to be in whether it’s a conversation, activity, craft or aged-based group. We’ve gotten some great reviews from people who have attended SUMYT in the past – they’ve told us it’s life-changing and super fun! It’s a great place to meet new people and spend time with God. The main thing is that this retreat lets youth have fun being themselves, make new friends and also lets people explore their faith and learn a little more about God.

The retreat has sold out the last two years in a row, so I hope you’ll register early so you don’t miss out! This will be my fourth year at SUMYT and every year has been fun and memorable. I really hope to see all of you there!

Jessie Robinson is a high school senior and is a member of Fairwood Community UMC.

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