National Youth Event

July 26-30, 2016 at Walt Disney World® Resort

Mark your calendar to attend the most magical NATIONAL YOUTH EVENT (NYE) of all! Join 4,000 UCC and Disciples youth from across the country and world at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Hebrews 11:1 - "Faith is the confidence that what we believe will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see."
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An Important NYE Update (2/24)

Previously, and early on in the planning process, an invitation was extended for families to join the youth at National Youth Event at Walt Disney World® Resort, Florida. Since that time, some concerns have developed regarding the implications of extending such a wide-reaching invitation to family members. These concerns include programmatic, logistical and financial issues.

Centered in our primary purpose of ensuring that NYE remain the National YOUTH Event in a church and world where youth continually wonder whether or not they have a place – we have adjusted the logistical framework for NYE to ensure that NYE participants have the first privilege of registration and to accommodate with reasonableness families who wish to participate.

We honor the importance of family, and in recognizing that attending an event at Walt Disney World® Resort holds broad appeal, we have revised NYE family pricing as follows:

• Registration from now until May 1 is open only for NYE participants.
• Beginning May 1, families may register on a first-come/first serve basis.
• Each family member will be charged the advertised $549.00 registration fee which will include their lodging and a one-day pass to one of the Disney parks. Meals are not in included in this package.
• At $549.00 per person, a family of four will be paying $2,196 for the family package.
• This requires a minimum of double occupancy for accommodations. Families of more than four will be required to be responsible for a second guest room.

The delayed family registration is intended to allow a period dedicated exclusively for event participants. Please note that the revised family registration package clarifies that family individuals who are not event participants are responsible for meals. This revised family pricing does not pertain to those registered before February 24, 2016.

For questions and additional information, please contact Mr. Lee Foley (foleyl@ucc.org).

Overview

About the Event National Youth Event (NYE) is a spirited quadrennial event centered on faith, leadership, service and social justice first inaugurated in 1980. It is celebrated as the largest denominational gathering for the United Church of Christ with an expected attendance of 4,000 participants.

Making History
NYE 2016 will bring many firsts for this youth inspired gathering, including hosting the event on a non-college campus for the first time in NYE history! In 2016, we proudly partner with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), a sister denomination, to jointly host NYE! It will be the first National Youth Event that will invite families and non-youth visitors to attend.

Asking You To Believe
Our NYE 2012 theme was simply Imagine, inspired by the scripture, Isaiah 43:19. We asked youth to envision God's purpose and plan for their lives — "Can you perceive it?" Having explored our divine imagination, do we have the confidence and faith to believe?

Believe hails as our 2016 theme, but it is not a query. It is a charge, responsibility and call to action. The scripture Hebrews 11:1 captures the heart of this charge, "Now faith is the confidence that what we believe will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see." We invite our amazing still speaking youth to believe in themselves as leaders of faith sharing in the infinite work of our Lord in a diverse world calling each of us to serve.

Speakers

Earth Guardians

We are a tribe of young activists, artists and musicians from across the globe stepping up as leaders and co-creating the future we know is possible. Earth Guardians is Growing a resilient movement wi

Earth Guardians

Keynote Speaker - July 26

Jamila Wright

Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois Jamila discovered her affinity for the arts at a very early age. Throughout her childhood she found happiness expressing herself through writing, music, dance, vis

Jamila Wright

Keynote Speaker - July 27

Trisha Prabhu

Trisha Prabhu is a 15-year-old from Naperville, Ill., and an innovator, social entrepreneur, advocate and inventor of ReThink — a technology product aimed at stopping cyberbullying. A sophomore at N

Trisha Prabhu

Keynote Speaker - July 27

Aidan Thomas Hornaday

Aidan Thomas Hornaday has played the harmonica since he was a little boy. On one occasion at an Atlanta restaurant, where he played his toy harmonica to pass time during a grownup dinner, he ended up

Aidan Thomas Hornaday

Keynote Speaker - July 27

Hadiqa Bashir

Hadiqa Bashir, along with her family, is an advocate for the right to education for young girls in Pakistan and around the world and a vocal speaker against child marriages. Additionally, the 14-year-

Hadiqa Bashir

Keynote Speaker - July 28

Jonathan Pitre

Jonathan Pitre, age 14, lives with a severe case of Epidermolysis Bulls, a rare disease that can cause his skin to blister or tear if it is scratched or even slightly touched. But the Canadian boy sti

Jonathan Pitre

Keynote Speaker - July 30

NYE 2016 Schedule

All Day

Theme

Believe in Your Story!

All Day

NYE T-shirts

NYE Spirit/Swag Days

7:00 AM

TIE Experience Hall Closed

All Day

All Meals On Your Own / In The Parks

All Day

Explore Walt Disney Theme Parks

Wear NYE T-shirts

All Day

Social Media/Theology in the Park

All Day

Theme

Believe in You(th)!

All Day

Disney Gear

NYE Spirit/Swag Days

7:00 AM

Breakfast in Veracruz Hall

7:00 AM – 9:00 AM (Meals will conclude promptly at end times)

9:30 AM

Closing Ceremony & Communion in Coronado Ballroom

9:30 AM – 10:45 AM

11:00 AM

Check-out and Departures

11:00 AM – 12 Noon

11:00 AM

Luggage Storage (Location TBD)

11:00 AM – 11:00 PM

All Day

Theme

Morning: Believe in the Prophetic!
Evening: Believe in Justice!

All Day

DOC or UCC T-shirts

NYE Spirit/Swag Days

6:00 AM

Epcot Group B – Disney YES

(Youth Education Series/Many Cultures, One World)

7:00 AM

Sunrise Activities (Tai Chi, Yoga, etc.)

7:00 AM

Breakfast in Veracruz Hall

7:00 AM – 9:00 AM (Meals will conclude promptly at end times)

10:30 AM

Morning Worship in Coronado Ballroom

Live Web Stream

12:15 PM

Epcot Group B – Orlando Area Service Projects Departures

12:15 PM

Session I Workshops

12:15 PM – 1:15 PM

1:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Meals will conclude promptly at end times)

3:30 PM

Session II Workshops

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

4:30 PM

Epcot Group B – Orlando Area Service Projects Return

4:30 PM

Open Time & Optional TIE Hall Experiences

4:30 PM – 7:30 PM

5:00 PM

Dinner

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM (Meals will conclude promptly at end times)

7:45 PM

Evening Worship & Plenary

7:45 PM – 9:15 PM

9:30 PM

Afterhours

9:30 PM – 10:30 PM

11:30 PM

Recommended Lights Out

All Day

Theme

Believe in the Earth!

All Day

Conference, Regional or Church T-shirts

NYE Spirit/Swag Days

12:00 PM

Registration

12 Noon – 6:30 PM

4:00 PM

TIE Experience Hall (Theological Interactive Educational)

4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

5:00 PM

Dinner

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM (Meals will conclude promptly at end times)

7:45 PM

Opening Worship & Parade of Banners

7:45 PM – 9:15 PM

9:30 PM

Afterhours & Welcome Event

9:30 PM – 10:30 PM

11:30 PM

Recommended Lights Out

All Day

Theme

Morning: Believe in Each Other!
Evening: Believe in the Unconventional!

All Day

Camp T-shirts

NYE Spirit/Swag Days

6:00 AM

Epcot Group A – Disney YES

(Youth Education Series/Many Cultures, One World)

7:00 AM

Sunrise Activities (Tai Chi, Yoga, etc.)

7:00 AM

Breakfast in Veracruz Hall

7:00 AM – 9:00 AM (Meals will conclude promptly at end times)

10:30 AM

Morning Worship in Coronado Ballroom

Live Web Stream

12:15 PM

Epcot Group A – Orlando Area Service Projects Departures

12:15 PM

Session I Workshops

12:15 PM – 1:15 PM

1:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Meals will conclude promptly at end times)

3:30 PM

Session II Workshops

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

4:30 PM

Epcot Group A – Orlando Area Service Projects Return

4:30 PM

Open Time & Optional TIE Hall Experiences

4:30 PM – 7:30 PM

5:00 PM

Dinner

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM (Meals will conclude promptly at end times)

7:45 PM

Evening Worship & Plenary

7:45 PM – 9:15 PM

9:30 PM

Afterhours

9:30 PM – 10:30 PM

11:30 PM

Recommended Lights Out

NOTICE: Check back frequently because the NYE agenda is updated periodically and subject to change. Have a magical summer – Keep Believing!

venue

Disney's Coronado Springs Resort Hotel | Lake Buena Vista, FL

1000 Buena Vista Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830.

Driving Directions

NYE NEWS

PRICING

National Youth Event 2016
National Youth Event (NYE) 2016 will bring many firsts for us including hosting the event on a non-college campus for the first time in NYE history! It will also be the first National Youth Event that will invite families and non-youth visitors to attend! We are also proudly partnering with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) to jointly host NYE next summer for the first time ever with a sister denomination!

How Much Will It Cost?
This is the first National Youth Event hosted on a non-college campus and so the prices will be slightly more than past NYE costs. We have worked hard to keep costs reasonably low while also offering amazing value for the gathering experience centered in faith, leadership, social justice and service. For five days and four nights, the cost is $549 per person (double occupancy) or $599 per person (single occupancy).

Donation
Add a donation offering of any amount to your registration to help underwrite costs for National Youth Event and maintain affordable rates for all.

Why Do We Have Increased Rates?
NYE 2016 is substantially discounted for the value of participating in five days and four nights of programming which includes housing, most meals, snacks, park access, Wi-Fi and local ground transportation! The program offers a generous discount by more than 60% which is unmatched for a week at any theme park!

How Can We Support NYE for 2016 and Beyond?
In an effort to honor our fiscal responsibility and to insure the event is sustainable, we are asking our wider church communities to share in the costs in a variety of ways:
  • Adding a Donation offering of any amount to your registration to help underwrite costs.
  • Hosting and/or supporting a fundraising effort.
  • Incorporating National Youth Event and wider church youth functions on weekly offerings or yearly fundraising calendar for your church, association or conference settings!
  • Become an NYE SPONSOR (email paxtonm@ucc.org for details).
So What's Included in This Amazing Experience?
  1. Youth inspired programing dedicated to faith, leadership, social justice and service!
  2. 5-days and 4-nights of exclusive housing and recreation at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort.
  3. Park access to Disney's theme parks: Magic Kingdom®, Epcot®, Hollywood Studios® and Animal Kingdom® Parks.
  4. 8 Meals (PLEASE NOTE: Friday is a full day in the theme parks and all meals on Friday are on your own and not included.)
  5. Free Wi-Fi
  6. Local Ground Transportation for service projects and social justice outreach.
  7. Free roundtrip airport shuttle between Orlando's International Airport (MCO) and Disney's Coronado Springs Resort.

And so much more!

Quick Links
Disney's Coronado Springs Resort
Special Needs Rentals
Weather

Transportation
Orlando International Airport (MCO) (Note: Free airport shuttle to Disney's Coronado Springs Resort is available exclusively via MCO airport)
Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB)
Orlando, FL Amtrak (ORL)
Greyhound
Megabus
Preferred Ground Transportation—Disney MEARS

Things To Do
Orlando Visitor's Bureau
Disney Magic
Universal Studios
SeaWorld Orlando

Service & Social Justice Outreach
Heart of Florida United Way
National Religious Campaign Against Torture

Meals in the Park
Official Disney Dining Guide
Disney Food Blog
Fodor Disney Food Reviews

NYE WORSHIP & PLENARY

House Band and Music Ministry

Glocal and Tribe of Judah
The collaboration of Tribe of Judah and Glocal promises innovation, diversity, and a brilliant mix of worship sounds that will come from all across the world. This fits perfectly with our NYE mission and goal to be a global platform for our youth to engage faith, service, leadership and social justice.

National Youth Event has a history of lifting up global themes with youth ambassadors and participants from North America, Europe, Asia, South America, Africa and the Caribbean respectively. As this is the first NYE in partnership with both the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church, Disciples of Christ, it is befitting to have a global repertoire that celebrates the two denomination’s covenanted global ministry alliance.

Glocal and Tribe of Judah are highly interactive, intelligent and fun! Every worship experience will be an integral teaching moment, conscious and contemplative. Our worship teams will also host workshops which is a great resource for youth group leaders seeking to learn creative ways to engage music and worship with youth ministry.

Tribe of Judah ministered at NYE in 2012 and will return to share in their diverse mix of energetic and contemplative worship styles. Glocal, a widely known worship team that ministers in at least four different languages, has supported Ecumenical Advocacy Days, National Council of Churches and the ELCA's 30,000+ youth event.

Glocal
Global melodies and rhythms influence Glocal’s worship music style (which combines Asian, African and Latin music, the blues, hip hop beats and international rhythms). Glocal collaborates with many combinations of musicians, some that can read music and others that play by ear. Glocal Musicians were formed by the Mission Formation Team in ELCA Global Mission to provide musical leadership for the Glocal Mission Gatherings hosted by congregations and other Christian communities throughout North America and the Caribbean.

Through its intentional diversity—including representation from many countries, denominations, and several cultures—the group embodies ways to stand in mutual solidarity while amplifying marginalized voices. In addition to offering worship that includes global voices, the musicians are committed to forming local leaders seeking to introduce global themes in their communities. The songs they teach are grounded in the community stories that raise awareness and inspire advocacy. The musicians embody what it means to be Glocal—simultaneously global and local—so we can accompany one another across cultures, even in our own neighborhoods.

Being a Glocal Musician is a constant reminder of finding different ways to love each other and an opportunity to be immersed in world sounds.

Tribe of Judah
Tribe of Judah is an intergenerational, energetic and diverse praise and worship ensemble. The group's name is derived from one of the great biblical tribes of Israel. The word "Judah" in Hebrew means praise. This denotation is one of the visionary goals of the ensemble filled with spirited and anointed young adults seeking to praise and worship God through music ministry.

Tribe of Judah experiments with rock, hip-hop, traditional and contemporary gospel, R&B and beyond. The group is out of the box with innovative pizazz and flavor while also contemplative and attentive to timeless hymns and melodies. Tribe of Judah has mastered the art of fusing musical genres to create one sound of praise. The group will not co-lead NYE 2016 with its partner in musical ministry, Glocal, which makes its first NYE debut. This will be Tribe of Judah’s sophomore appearance at NYE. Both groups will collaborate during plenary and worship, facilitate workshops, energizers and activities throughout the youth event.

Register

$549

Double Occupancy (per person)

$599

Single Occupancy

Jan. 20, 2016

Registration Opens

May 27, 2016

Last Day to Register

 

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