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Summer Opportunities

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Need more information

If you need more resources, information or consultation on summer planning?  Contact these conference staff members.

Children’s Initiatives Coordinator - Kathy Pittenger

Youth Ministry Initiatives Coordinator - Christy Miller White

Young Adult Initiatives Coordinator - Lisa Batten

Associate Director for Mission & Ministry - Paul Perez

Summer Camp

Follow the links below to read statements about summer programming cancellations at Michigan Area UM Camping, UM-affiliated camps, and the Bay View Association in Michigan:

Michigan Area United Methodist Camping  

Bay Shore Camp & Family Ministries

Lake Louise Christian Community

Camp Michigamme  

Bay View Association


We know the current health crisis has changed just about everything, but there are still many great opportunities to connect, have fun, learn, and serve!  Whether you are planning summer activities for your local church or looking for opportunities, Michigan Conference staff have resources for you this summer.

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Global Mission Fellow Emily Burns in Kalamazoo Wesley Garden
Packing food boxes at Cass Community Social Services
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Webinar: Virtual/Alternative Mission Experience

Learn what is possible this summer during the, "Virtual/Alternative Mission Experiences” Webinar led by the Rev. Christy Miller White and the Rev. Carl Gladstone. Watch now.

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!

Vacation Bible School

Visit the Michigan Conference Children’s Ministry Vacation Bible School Tool Box for recommendations and resources or contact Kathy Pittenger, Children’s Ministry Initiatives Coordinator.

Virtual Day Camp

United Methodist Camp & Retreat Ministries is offering “Camp without Borders: Virtual Day Camp” as an alternative camping experience.  

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Mission Intern & Children's Defense Fund Freedom Schools Program

Each summer the Michigan Conference recruits and deploys young adult interns to serve at Mission Intern and CDF Freedom Schools sites offering children’s summer day camps and hosting mission teams. Sites are currently making decisions about summer programming. Questions? Contact Lisa Batten, Young Adult Ministry Initiatives Coordinator.

Summer Mission Teams

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If your congregation or ministry setting was planning to send a mission team to serve at a mission site or with an organization this summer, please consider the following recommendations when making decisions about how to proceed:

  • Prioritize the safety of team members
  • Contact the mission site/organization to discuss their plans for the summer and learn about any alternatives they might be offering.
  • Follow current public health and safety recommendations.
  • Consider more local, short term service and volunteer opportunities
  • Explore virtual alternatives
  • If you choose to postpone/reschedule your mission experience for a later date, consider donating all or a portion of what would have been this year’s mission team expenses to the mission site or organization.

United Methodist Volunteers In Mission – North Central Jurisdiction (UMVIM-NCJ) offers these “Guidelines for US Project Sites during COVID-19” (PDF)

The following UM-related organizations in Michigan offer overnight mission team experiences. Each has shifted their operations. Follow the links below to learn about their summer plans.


Cass Community Services

Cass Community Social Service is a Detroit-based agency with a person-centered philosophy, dedicated to providing food, housing, health services, and job programs.

Summer 2020 Statement (PDF)

God's Country Cooperative Parish

God’s Country Cooperative Parish is to bring together people of the seven churches to provide mutual love and support for a greater impact, serving Christ, community, and mission to all.

Summer 2020 Statement coming soon.

Motown Mission

The Motown Mission Experience is an urban work mission destination in Detroit, MI for Christian youth, college, and adult groups interested in economic disaster recovery work in the name of Jesus Christ. 

Summer 2020 Statement (PDF)

NCJ UMWUnited Methodist Women Mission U

The 2020 Mission u events scheduled for Albion College, Troy: Big Beaver UM, Lake Huron Retreat Center and Gaylord: First UMC are cancelled. 2020 study offerings maybe available online in the future, visit the Michigan Conference UMW website for more information and updates.

Engage with UMVIM Mission Sites

United Methodist Volunteers in Mission have updates on their programs here

Lament Resources

“A passionate expression of grief or sorrow.“ The Christian tradition gives us the practice of lament. Please find the service of lament in the style of Taize’ to use with your congregation to mourn all that has been lost and shared communal grief. 
Please find the interactive lament to use individually or in small groups.