Kaleidoscope 2016 Set for April 15-17


kscope logoKaleidoscope 2016 is a weekend long retreat for middle school students at both Camp Hanes in King, NC and BonClarken Retreat Center in Flat Rock, NC. The weekend will be filled with amazing music, fun activities, and touching worship services. The theme for this year with be The Amazing Race. Date: April 15-17, 2016 Bonclarken: LuperSpeaker will be Chris Luper and the music by John Lewis Band. Chris Luper is a United Methodist Deacon whose passion is to share the Gospel with youth in an effort to build up student leaders within the Church. Chris currently serves on staff at St. Stephen UMC where he leads the High School, Middle School, and Confirmation ministries, as well as coordinating the Social Media Ministries of the church. Chris is graduate of Emory & Henry College and Asbury Theological Seminary. Chris lives in Charlotte with his wife Libby, their two daughters - Teaghyn & Anistyn, and their dog Maui. Camp Hanes: ArledgeNathan Arledge is the speaker and music by Jennifer Alcon Band Rev. Nathan Arledge is a graduate of Western Carolina and Duke Divinity School. He's an Elder in the UMC currently serving as the minister of missions at Myers Park UMC in Charlotte. Nathan has a heart for missions here in the US and all over the world. He encourages us as followers of Christ to live differently and be Christ's hands and feet every day and with all people. Registration Materials: (download to your computer before filling out/printing) Kaleidoscope Group Registration Kaleidoscope Individual Registration Camp Hanes Challenge Course Waiver Bon Clarken Adult Activity Release

Resources for Vital Congregations



Lewis Center for Church Leadership

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Books

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Serve Your Neighbor

GBHEM Leadership Resources


Living Faithfully: Human Sexuality and the United Methodist Church

Englewood Book Review

Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations

Ted Talks: The Golden Circle

Ted Talks: The Power of Vulnerability

Ted Talks: The Price of Invulnerability

Design Thinking

Meditations on the Ministry of All Christians


Be A Disciple

A Disciple’s Path; A Guide for United Methodist

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Adult Christian Studies from the Wesley Ministry Network

Traveling Together: A Guide for Disciple Forming Congregations


Living As United Methodist Christians

Methodist Doctrine: The Essentials

Reclaiming our Wesleyan Tradition: John Wesley’s Sermons for Today

John Wesley Sermons: Anthology


Get Their Name

Evangelism & Theology in the Wesleyan Spirit

Canoeing the Mountains

Fresh Expressions

Fresh Expressions: Dinner Church

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Reach New Disciples

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: 50 Ways to Reach People

Community: The Structure of Belonging


Institute for Emerging Issues

Congregations 4 Children


The Royce and Jane Reynolds Ministry Fund Grants

The Duke Endowment


The Appalachian District Church Vitality Team has been prayerfully seeking ways to help support you and the ministries of your local congregation during this COVID-19 pandemic. Together they have diligently researched and connected with others throughout the conference and our denomination to identify resources and offer them to you. We hope they will be helpful to you and bless you greatly in leading your churches and communities through this unprecedented time. We are very grateful to the District Vitality Team and other contributors for their great work on this resource.
This faithful team has created three documents, two of which you are receiving today. They include:

  • Family Home Worship – designed to help families establish a regular worship space within their homes as well as a time where they can worship together.
  • Tech Strategies – to help guide you in selecting effective tools and resources within your budget to best communicate in the digital world.

We believe these resources will be of great benefit to you. Also know that the District Vitality Team is available to answer any questions you might have in regards to the documents attached. If you have questions, you may email Rev. Howard Fleming at hfleming@wnccumc.net.


  • Resources
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