January 29-31, 2021
Virtual Only – $60 per person
Saturday Only – $90 per person
All Weekend, In Cabins – $110 per person
All Weekend, In Hotel Rooms – $130 per person
As Christians, our impact in the world can’t stop at the church door. We are called to exit our sanctuaries to feed, clothe and heal our fellow brothers and sisters.
Serve is a retreat devoted to that call. We aim to empower a generation to seek regular and radical ways to be generous with our time and talent.
Join us for the second of a four-year cycle where we explore our call to act locally. We will explore our relationships with our neighbors and seek the best way to be the hands and feet of Christ in the world.
Within these weekends we will offer opportunities for students to learn about serving their community and becoming closer as a community themselves. In order to accomplish these goals we would like to have the following:
-Nightly worship based around being a community and serving locally
-Workshops to showcase ways to serve: social justice, homelessness and anti-racism
-Minute to Win it video submissions
Look below the Registration Form to learn more about our Workshop Leaders.
Mission Training and Volunteer Coordinator
Molly is currently serving at the Florida United Methodist Center as the Missional Trainer and Volunteer Coordinator, a coordinator for the Fill The Table initiative, a current board member of United Methodist Global Ministries serving as the Executive Secretary, and current UMCOR board member. She has traveled extensively and works with empowerment programs in Kenya, and other parts of the world.
Jacqueline Nye Reyes
FAST St Pete Coordinator
Jacqueline is the Lead Organizer of Faith and Action for Strength Together (FAST) in Pinellas County, FL. Through FAST, she works with over 40 diverse religious congregations, helping them work together to fight for justice in their community. Together, they win commitments from community leaders for things like more affordable housing, programs to improve school climate, or improved access to mental illness and addition treatments. As a lifelong United Methodist, Jacqueline’s passion for justice and making the world a better place was both nurtured at Warren Willis and her time at the Wesley Campus Ministry at the University of Miami.
Events and Volunteer Coordinator for Community of Hope Center
Chief Operations Officer for Community Hope Center
Community Hope Center is a program-based project that impacts the low income, poverty level families and individuals living in and around Osceola County. The primary emphasis is to serve those living homeless or in motels and hotels along Osceola County’s 192 Corridor. The Hope Center restores dignity and self-sufficiency to those in need in our community through a holistic approach to case management, funds assistance and life skills.
Anti-Racism Task Force Panel
The Task Force on Anti-Racism was formed in response to the public deaths of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd and Rayshard Brooks and in support of movements towards conversation and action by the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church. Our pannel will include members of this task force.
Rev. Dr. Sharon Austin – Director of Connectional and Justice Ministries for the Conference
Dr. Judith Pierre Okerson – General Conference Lay Delegate and President of the Florida Conference United Methodist Women
Alejandra Salemi – Public Health Contractor for the Conference and South East Jurisdictional Conference Lay Delegate.
Alice Williams – Conference Lay Leader and a member of St. Lukes UMC in Orlando.
Rev. Matt Lacey
Executive Director, United Methodist Volunteers in Mission – Southeastern Jurisdiction
Matt began as the Executive Director June 1, 2017, but was on the Board of Directors since 2009. A graduate of Birmingham Southern College and Candler School of Theology, he is an ordained elder in the North Alabama Conference where he served as the Senior Pastor at Church of the Reconciler UMC and Woodlawn UMC in Birmingham, Alabama. Matt was also the Director of Missions and Advocacy, UMVIM Coordinator, and Secretary of Global Ministries for the North Alabama Conference.