Youth and Discipleship Events Shifted

In a day of continuing pandemic-restrictive protocols, the Church of God Department of Youth and Discipleship is shifting the schedules and formats of traditional events.

Last week Y&D announced that Smoky Mountain Winterfest, the department’s largest event, will be held outdoors, conducted at the Tennessee Smokies Stadium near Sevierville on April 30 – May 2. Premier Winterfest has been postponed until 2022 with a date to come. The same goes for Amplify 2021, the middle school version of Winterfest. Ozark Winterfest, scheduled for the Mansion Theater in Branson, Missouri is still scheduled for March 26-28, while Northeast Winterfest, set in New York state, is awaiting the latest COVID-19 restrictions before posting details.

Meanwhile, the 2021 FOCUS Children’s Ministry Conference, “Living Louder,” is transitioning to a virtual format. It is scheduled for March 5-6 and will include special guest speakers Jim Wideman and Yancy and worship leader Jarvais Wright and others. Individuals and church groups are invited to participate and gain practical training from veteran “KidMin” pastors and build a ministry network that supports each other.

“As much as we would love for all of our events to return to the way they were before Covid-19, we are attempting to exercise caution as wisely as possible,” stated David Blair, director of Youth and Discipleship.

Individual registration is $20 and $69.00 for churches and groups. Those who have pre-registered are asked to call 423-478-7229 to learn how many leaders can participate with current payment. Click here. to register. To learn more about Winterfest, visit

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