Summer children's festival to reach beyond community


Elementary age children will have a blast this summer at the children’s festival to be held on Tuesday, June 30, at the open-air gym at Lake Junaluska from 2-4p.m. The festival is free and open to the public.

There will be inflatables, a clown and balloon-animal maker, live music, games and more. The festival is part of the Youth in Mission (YIM) summer event that takes place yearly at Lake Junaluska. During YIM, youth experience first hand various opportunities for mission and outreach. This year’s theme is “Let Go: Take Root.”
“Youth in Missions is one of the best youth conferences the United Methodist Church has to offer this generation. During the week, students are exposed to hands-on mission experiences, vibrant worship, relevant speakers and workshop leaders, and the opportunity to speak with people from the mission and justice organizations that are changing the world,” said Youth Minister and Associate Director at Delta State University’s Wesley Foundation Amanda Smith. 
Leadership includes Grammy and multiple Dove awards-winning artists Mark Stuart and Will McGinniss of Audio Adrenaline, teenage humanitarian Austin Gutwein of Hoops of Hope, speaker Rev. Rhonda VanDyke Colby, City of Opportunity, International Justice Ministries, Pray With Africa and house band Eddie Willis and the Narrow Path.
YIM will also host a concert by band Audio Adrenaline on Monday, June 29, at 9 p.m. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Hands and Feet Project, an orphanage in Haiti sponsored by the band. Tickets can be purchased for $15 in advance by e-mail ( or at the door. •