Beyond! Conference equips children’s ministers

Beyond! keynote speaker Mark Burrows addresses some attendees of the event at Mount Sequoyah. COURTESY PHOTO

Beyond! keynote speaker Mark Burrows addresses some attendees of the event at Mount Sequoyah.
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More than 80 participants took part in Beyond!, a children’s ministry conference sponsored by the Arkansas Conference Council on Children’s Ministries, held Jan. 29-31, 2015 at Mount Sequoyah Conference and Retreat Center in Fayetteville. Attendees came from across the Arkansas Conference, as well as from churches in the Great Plains Conference (Kansas and Nebraska), Southwest Texas, Texas and Louisiana.

Participants learned about various aspects of children’s ministry, including family worship from keynote speaker Mark Burrows, who provided ideas that attendees could take back to their local churches and ministry settings. Workshops covered a variety of topics from curriculum to special needs ministries to missions. The Rev. Mackey Yokem, director of mission and ministry for the Arkansas Conference, presented a message on Saturday morning and shared about the Arkansas Conference mission plan, as well as served Communion with the help of children who were present; and the Rev. Carl Palmer of Central UMC Fayetteville led worship through song. Burrows led the closing service on Saturday afternoon, which featured a children’s choir doing a hand jive call to worship.

For information on other children’s ministry opportunities, visit the Arkansas Conference Children’s Ministry website.