Wednesday, 30 November 2011
Warmth In Winter 2012: The biggest event yet Bookmark and Share
by Elizabeth Roten

wiw.pngOver the course of the past 30 years, a small event known as Warmth in Winter has experienced exponential growth. So what’s up with this gathering of youth, anyway?!

It all started with 62 youth and adults in 1982 and since, has grown to an annual gathering of hundreds. A weekend filled with fun, worship, and its share of crazy dancing - Warmth In Winter attracts youth and adults from all over the state of Tennessee.

With each year comes a new theme which is always based off of a Bible verse. This year, the theme is “thinkBIG,” derived from Ephesians 3:20. Past themes have also tied into current world events, such as the winter Olympics (“Going the Distance”). Highlights of this event revolve around a featured speaker, band, and various workshops. Recently, a unique worship experience at Warmth In Winter involved various on-stage forms of artistry.

Megan Hutchinson, author of I Want to Talk to my Teen About Addictions and Secret Survivors, headlines as our main speaker for this year’s event. In addition to her books, Hutchinson has also co-authored the international sensation Life Hurts-God Heals. An interesting note for teens, she is also a youth pastor and loves her job!

To help her set a spirit-filled mood is the band UnNamed Servant. They will lead worship every night of Warmth In Winter 2012 featuring an inspirational style all their own. With five studio albums and ten years of performing under their belt, UnNamed Servant is an in-demand band among youth groups nation-wide.

A Warmth In Winter tradition, Don Washburn will keep everyone on their feet and excited with his crazy dances, old and new. Returning for the second time is Tiffanie Shanks, a spoken word poet who last year moved countless youth and adults to tears with her poignant words. New to Warmth In Winter this year is illusionist Bryan Drake. Featuring stunts such as levitation, Drake will rock our world with eye-popping visuals complete with a gospel message.

Warmth In Winter workshops will also open the door for all to enhance their faith. Youth and adults receive free time to shop in the Cokesbury store and learn more about local and international ministry opportunities through the many booths on display. A traditional favorite, Battle of the Bands will once again be a staple at this year's event.

Need some quite time at Warmth In Winter? A “sacred space” is available for anyone complete with an interactive prayer journey experience. Each youth group is also given specific devotion time with each other, often a very emotional experience which strengthens the core of a group. A new addition this year is the Leader Lounge, a place for adults to relax after the long nights. For any remaining free time, game rooms are open for anyone to enjoy. These rooms often consist of nine square, karaoke, dancing, card games, and much more. There is never a dull moment at Warmth In Winter!

Are you pumped yet?! Registration is open now at for only $55 through Dec. 27, 2011. Make your plans NOW for an exciting weekend of worship!

Elizabeth Roten is a member of the Conference Council on Youth Ministry.  She is a sophomore at Independence High School in Thompson’s Station and worships at Epworth United Methodist Church in Franklin.

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Posted on 11/30/2011 6:21 PM by Brad Fiscus
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