Warmth in Winter: A Transformative Area-wide Youth Opportunity

It’s been my pleasure to participate in some way at Warmth in Winter over the past few years, and this year is no exception. Even though the event will look very different than in the past, our young people and youth leaders will still come together virtually for a weekend of worship, music and fun. I am looking forward to being there to worship with them!

For those of you new to this event, Warmth in Winter is a place for our teens to deepen their faith, connect as a group, and grow together with the larger church. We usually host over 2,000 youth who gather together in a big hall. The pandemic has forced a redesign of the event for 2021.

The team planning Warmth in Winter put together a brief video to explain how things will work this year. I’m including it on my blog to help them get out the word – to the entire Episcopal Area. One of the big advantages of holding this event online is that ALL of our churches to the east AND west can easily participate. I encourage you to do so.

Over the past 40 years, Warmth in Winter has transformed the lives of many young people. I have no doubt it will again this year. I hope to “see” you there!

Bishop McAlilly

Message from WnW planning team members

While we know this is a little different, we are excited about what God is going to do through this new, and outside the box, year! 

The cost is $35 per person and for all supplies -except for food- including a t-shirt for every person signed up. But, register soon! This cost will go up to $45 per person after January 15.

Details and Registration


The Bald Bishop challenge

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TN Conference Bishop to shave head if $20,000 is raised for YSF

Nashville Episcopal Area Bishop Bill McAlilly has officially issued the Tennessee Annual Conference a challenge…plus a bit of a reward if that challenge can be met or exceeded. After an offering of $1234.06 was given by TN Conference young people at  Summer Sizzler in Beersheba Springs this July for the Youth Service Fund, McAlilly called on the Conference to “expect greater things” and set a goal to raise $20,000 for YSF.

The reward? Bishop McAlilly has promised the Conference a “Bald Bishop” by getting his head shaved if the goal of $20,000 can be met by February 2, 2014. TN UMC Dir. of Young People’s Ministries Brad Fiscus was the lucky recipient of a youth-led head shaving ceremony at Summer Sizzler, the annual Conference young people’s gathering, after the initial $1,000 was raised by the students in time for the summer meeting.

The Feb. 2 deadline date falls in line with the closing of Warmth In Winter 2014 in Murfreesboro, TN, the TN Conference winter youth retreat and the largest Conference-wide event of the calendar year annually. DOWNLOAD a tracker poster on the resources page, keep track of your church’s an/or youth group’s donations, and bring your poster to be presented on the wall at Warmth In Winter.


Want to experience our appointed Bishop getting the ultimate hair cut in front of an audience of 3,000-plus cheering Conference youth and guests? Please give toward the TN Conference Young People’s Ministries goal of $20,000 for the Youth Service Fund using the info below:

> DONATE ONLINE through PayPal (please remember a 2.9% service charge is applied when processed)

> Drop off a designated donation or mail one to:
TN Conference UMC
ATTN: Brad Fiscus
304 S. Perimeter Park Dr. Suite 1
Nashville, TN 37211
(checks payable to “TN Conference UMC,” memo: “Youth Service Fund” and/or “Bald Bishop”)

* All donations will receive a letter of acknowledgement. Donations of $500 or more will receive an autographed picture of the prospective Bald Bishop if the goal is achieved.

> Digital materials for your websites and social media outlets
> Print materials for worship bulletins, newsletters, etc.
> Friendly URL: http://www.BaldBishop.tnumc.com
> Twitter: #baldbishopUMC

About Youth Service Fund | YSF provides grants to youth and young adults serving in mission throughout the world as it is described in Acts 1:8. Each year the Tennessee Conference Council on Youth Ministry meets in early May to distribute YSF grant money to youth and young adult teams who submit applications by April 15. Please visit TNUMCyouth.org/ysf/