YEW 2016 Highlights from CUMC Memphis on Vimeo.

Summer 2016 in Student Ministries was truly amazing…and maybe a little crazy at times! We capped off this incredible summer with our annual in-town retreat, Youth Encounter Weekend
(YEW)…and in the words of Abbie Cloutier, “It was a great way to end the summer!”


  • Theme: Forgotten
  • 116 students
  • 30 adult leaders
  • 12 host homes…
    providing students an opportunity to reconnect & grow deeper in their relationship with Christ, while also building new relationships with adult leaders. Students also explored their hometown through different activities and gained a new perspective on their own community.

Speaker Will Rambo explored the idea that while God and Jesus are often the center of many worship songs and also the center of many sermons, there are times when the Holy Spirit seems to be left on the sidelines. This is often due to not having a full understanding of who or what the Holy Spirit is. What is the Holy Spirit exactly? What impact does the Holy Spirit have on the Christian life? These were just some of the questions students explored in each session, while also getting a chance to respond in worship, led by The Waiting Kind.

The name of the game for YEW is also fun, and the weekend was jam packed with activities including a Memphis scavenger hunt. Students and leaders traveled throughout the city documenting the completion of tasks by taking photos & posting to Instagram (check them out with #YEW16). Students also served their community by delivering cookies to police and fire stations, while also visiting & praying for several schools as students and teachers prepare to begin a new school year.

I’ve gone to YEW almost every year since 7th grade, but this was by far the best! From the new people I met to the incredible church staff that I can always count on, this weekend was an all-around fun and eye-opening experience. It is so incredible to have such an amazing church and youth group to always rely on. — KK Mohler, pictured with Senior friends Aubrey Guyton, Sarah Tillman, Shane Horton, Channell Cole

Please pray that students may know and remember that they have Holy Spirit power to transform their hearts, minds, families, schools and our city!

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