Thank You! Thank you for registering your youth for The Gate Annual Youth Conference! We believe God has many awesome things in store for your youth at this conference. To make sure you have all the information you need ahead of time, please look through this packet and contact us with any questions, concerns or thoughts you may have.
*Note: All members of the Gate Staff have had criminal background checks. Absolutely no one will be permitted into the Gate Worship space unless they have been previously screened. (With the exception of those who are registered for the Gate and are wearing appropriate name tags)
Youth Responsibility Any time that youth gather together there is going to be somecreative behavior! Please note that your youth is expected to behave exceptionally throughout the Conference. Please note the following suggestions that we feel would be helpful to your youth.
The Gate Annual Youth Conference expects the youth at this conference to be witnesses in areas of Christian living. This would include no consumption of alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, drugs, explosive devices, etc.
We ask parents to enforce the curfew for the hotels during the conference, which is 11:00 pm. Any youth outside of their rooms past this time need to be in the company of an adult.
The adult responsible for the youth at the conference should have a copy of the youths insurance information in case of an emergency. The Gate Conference does NOT need a copy of this information!
Please ask your youth to participate in all sessions, including Equipping Sessions. We will have designated staff members posted at the exit doors during each Main Session. Bathrooms are located outside the main session room. No one will be permitted to exit the main session without the company of an adult.
We ask for adherence to the Conference dress code which states the following: Clothing with beer slogans or inappropriate language shall not be worn and underclothing shall not be seen. No bare midriffs. One piece bathing suits are appropriateoh and no Speedos for the guys!
Parent's OrientationThere will be a Parents orientation on Thursday evening at 5:30 pm, located in Elkhorn B - outside of the Gate Main Entrance (Heritage Lobby). At this meeting we will briefly discuss the week and answer any questions you may have regarding the conference and activites. Please make attending this meeting a priority.
Registration PacketUpon registration on-site, you will receive a packet including several items: name tags for each youth, Gate Journals, and more.
Not attending with your youth? Dont worry, you can watch the main sessions live via Free Webcasting (Thursday Night thru Saturday Night) GateConference.org/live
ThemeThe theme for the Gate 2013 is The Story. This themes vision recognizes that the Story of God is the story of us. It is a story that is ALIVE. A story that is not over, but which continues; a story in which we each have a role to play. Each session will uncover different facets of the story, focusing on Jesus - the main character the author and finisher of our faith.
Keynote Speakersadam cannonAdam Cannon, former baritone of HisSong, and his wife Samantha, a former solo artist, were married in 2008. After a year of marriage they welcomed the blessing of a little boy named Noah. By taking the job of senior youth pastors at their home church, Samantha and Adam answered the call to ministry as a couple. God has impressed upon them to go out and spread the gospel of Jesus Christ beyond the walls of that church. Adam is an ordained minister and often brings the word of God in a message through song. He serves as associate minister, which includes being the youth pastor, worship leader and web designer, at First United Methodist of Apalachicola, FL. Sessions: Unabridged, Unfiltered
lorin PedigoLorin Pedigo is a creative and passionate proclaimer of the Good News of Jesus Christ. From the age of 14 when he preached his first sermon, Lorin has sought to lead others into the loving arms of Jesus. Fueled by the fire of the Holy Spirit, Lorin faithfully reaches out to the lost and challenges the Church to passionately pursue a more intimate relationship with the Lord. His fire-setting ministry frees the captives, brings healing to the broken and wounded, and offers a refreshing drink from the rivers of Living waters that flow out of his heart by the Holy Spirit. Lorin and his wife of 11 years, Leslee, reside in McMinnville, TN with their four children, where he serves as Lead Pastor of Christ United Methodist Church. In his free time Lorin enjoys spending quality time with his wife, and cooking. Sessions: Unapologetic, Undeniable
Kourtney BrownlowKourtney Brownlow has been in youth ministry for over 10 years, and has served in numerous roles in various churches and organizations over that time. She has a passion for young people to become truly dedicated to their faith, seeking Gods guidance in all areas of their lives. Kourtney currently serves as the director of The Gate Annual Youth Conference and lives with her husband Daniel in Murfreesboro, TN. They have 2 dogs (Toby, Wrigley) a Crested Gecko (Petrie), a bearded dragon (Ember), and oh yeah a daughter (Rajya) who was born in September 2012. Session: Uncompromising
Free Webcasting (Thursday Night thru Saturday Night) GateConference.org/live
Meals Meals are not included in the cost of the event. A map of local restaurants is available on the Gate website (GateConference.org/maps).
Gate BookstoreGate T-Shirts, books, and other merchandise will be available for purchase inside of the Martin Methodist College Zone of Madness and Mayhem.
Registration Pre-Conference Registration Wednesday July 10th from 2 PM to 5:00 PM and 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Conference Registration Thursday July 11th from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM and 5:30 P.M. to 7:00 PM
Registration is located on the 3rd floor of the Lexington Convention Center in the Bluegrass main lobby. Registration for the Aldersgate adult conference is in the same area so be sure to come to the Gate Registration booth to check-in your youth. Your youth does not need to be present to register the group on-site.
There will be a brief Parents orientation at 5:30 PM on Thursday Night in Elkhorn B - located outside of the Gate Main Entrance (Heritage Lobby). We suggest that you register your youth no later than 5:00 PM in order to make it to this meeting.
.Name TagsThere will be a name tag for each youth registered for your group. The name tag will have a place for First Name with the Conference schedule located on the back. Please make sure your childs name is written legibly and is their real name. Every youth must have a name tag that should be worn around the neck at all times. These name tags will provide entry to each session. A lost nametag may be replaced for $1.00 at the Gate Book Store.
MMC Fun ZoneJoin the fun of The Gate 2013 in the MMC Fun Zone sponsored by: Martin Methodist College Zone of Madness and Mayhem!! We will have inflatables, organized games/activities, basketball, 4-square, the Gate Book Store and more. Come just to hang out or to get a little wild!! The Fun Zone is a great chance to meet some new friends and have a rockin good time! KEEP an EYE out for posted FUN ZONE HOURS!!!
Hilton Lexington1-800-445-8667369 West Vine Street Lexington, KY 40507Room Rate: $105.00 + 13.4% tax ($119.07/per night)Group Code: Aldersgate 2013
ScheduleSaturdayThe Gate Annual Youth Conference
9:15 AM Doors Open9:30 AM 11:30 AM The Gate Session IV11:30 AM 1:30 PM Free Time & Lunch1:30 PM 4:30 PM Equipping Sessions 4:30 PM 6:15 PM Free Time & Dinner6:15 PM 7:15 PM MMC Fun Zone7:15 PM Doors Open7:30 PM 9:30 PM The Gate Session V11:00 PM Hotel Curfew
SundayClosing Worship Celebration9:30 AM 11:00 AM We personally invite you to make plans to join the whole Aldersgate family (Gate kids, Gate Youth Conference and adults) to worship and celebrate how God has transformed us in a short period of time. This is a highlight of many students - dont miss it!
6:40 PM Doors Open7:00 PM 9:00 PM Pre-Con Session I11:00 PM Hotel Curfew
9:10 AM Doors Open9:30 AM 11:30 AM Pre-Con Session II11:30 AM 1:00 PM Free Time & Lunch1:10 PM Doors Open1:30 PM 3:30 PM Pre-Con Session III3:30 PM 6:15 PM Free Time & Dinner5:30 PM 6:00 PM Parents Orientation 6:15 PM MMC Fun Zone7:15 PM Doors Open7:30 PM 9:30 PM The Gate Session I11:00 PM Hotel Curfew
FridayThe Gate Annual Youth Conference
9:15 AM Doors Open9:30 AM 11:30 AM The Gate Session II11:30 AM 12:30 PM Lunch 12:30 PM 4:30 PM Mission & Outreach 4:30 PM 6:15 PM Free Time & Dinner6:15 PM 6:45 PM MMC Fun Zone6:45 PM Doors Open7:00 PM 7:15 PM Bryan Drake Pre-Show7:30 PM 9:00 PM The Gate Session III9:00 PM 9:30 PM Break/Ice Cream9:30 PM 10:30 PM Bryan Drake Show11:00 PM Hotel Curfew
These Equipping Sessions are broken down into TRACKS. These Tracks are geared toward different areas of the Christian life and will appeal to each person depending on where you are along your spiritual journey. Please be prayerful of which TRACK you choose. You will remain in the same location for each of the 3-sessions included in your track. The speakers will change with breaks in between.
Track #1: An Introduction
Christianity 101This session will explore the importance of personal worship, prayer, and reading the Bible in order to grow stronger and deeper in your faith.
Spiritual Gifts: Every believer has access to spiritual gifts