Meet A Youth Worker: Michelle Gray

We have a lot of great things happening on the Youth Ministry front in the Heartland District, so we are introducing youth workers from throughout the District to honor their efforts. This month meet Michelle Gray, an amazing woman with unwavering passion for helping students know Christ and to belong to a community. She […]

Get Ready for Camp!

Has your church promoted camp yet this Spring? If not, you need to!

Camp is a phenomenal opportunity for your church’s (especially unchurched youth!) to go, have the most fun of the summer, meet some great people, and find God in a way they never have before.

For a list of info for all West Michigan […]

By |March 31st, 2014|Random|0 Comments

We Need Your Help To Connect!

Recently, a handful of youth leaders from within our Heartland District have expressed an interest in wanting to find ways to connect with other youth groups and youth leaders in the District outside of District events. One way that we have been asked to support them is to see if we can add the […]

Spring Splash Event!

On Saturday, April 12 and Sunday, April 13, the Grand Traverse District of the UMC is hosting their annual Spring Splash, a youth rally event that takes place at the outstanding Great Wolf Lodge in Traverse City, MI.

This is not an event sponsored by the Heartland District, but we would love to encourage you […]

By |February 25th, 2014|Random|0 Comments

District Lock-In RSVP!

Don’t forget to help us plan the best we can for the Februrary 22-23 lock-in at Mecosta New Hope UMC! Please try to RSVP to this if you know your group is coming to either or call/text Zach McNees, District Youth Coordinator at 269-986-0108!


All people coming need to have a permission slip filled […]

February District Lock-In

Help Us Spread the Word!

What to Bring: Sleeping bag, pajamas, gym shoes, toiletries, health waiver form (coming soon), clothes for church service on Sunday morning, winter coat.On Saturday, Feb. 22 meet us at Mecosta New Hope UMC at 5:30 for a night of fun to connect with the Heartland District Youth! All youth grades […]

2014 Heartland District Youth Mission Trip Announced!

Who: Any youth grades 7-12 and adult leaders (adult ratio 1:7 required to bring group)

When: July 13-18, 2014

Where: Mount Pleasant, MI and surrounding area

What: Join together with the youth groups of the Heartland District to do a variety of service projects in Isabella County. By serving you will bed equipped to be the hands […]

10 Christian Rap Artists To Know

If your youth ministry looks anything like mine, you might not too many students who are big into the rap scene, but there might be a chance you have a couple youth who enjoy it. I have a few who do, and they really don’t care for too much else, so it’s great to […]

By |January 9th, 2014|Random|0 Comments

Prayers For Kaylee

Many of you in the Heartland District have probably met or seen Kaylee Blackwell from St. Louis UMC around leading things with the district youth the past few years. As the District Youth Council President, she has been very involved in the dreaming, leading, and being the hands and feet of things happening.

Within the […]

10 Alt-Rock Bands You Need to Know

Just like me, your group might not be as prone to jamming out to a worship band on their iPhone on the way to school, or be seen driving with Hillsong blasting on their subs. There are many bands out there who promote themselves as Christian rock and alternative bands (or like Switchfoot, say […]

By |January 4th, 2014|Random|0 Comments