Connect: Families, Kids & Campers


There is nothing more important than spending time with your favorite people, especially at Annual Conference! Unite with other West Ohio Conference families, kids and campers.  THREE distinct CONNECT opportunities are available. Discover new friendships, experience intentional faith conversations, grow as a disciple, and have fun.   Pre-registration is required; space is limited. Map of Lakeside Chautauqua
Share family fun and pictures on social media and use #connectWOC.


Your family won’t want to miss a chance to connect with other families at Lakeside. All Family Connect events are focused on developing relationships while having fun. A parent or adult guardian must accompany all children while attending an event for families. These events are free.
Pre-register your family at
Ages:    ALL families
Cost:    Free

Sunday, June 3

Check-in and Family Photo Scavenger Hunt
Time:    1-7pm
Location:    South Auditorium
Stop by the Family Connect check-in booth to snap a family photo, make a name tag, and pick up a copy of your family’s Do Not Be Afraid: There is Enough journal. This journal is filled with activities to support individual and family faith learning and conversations.  Inside the journal are directions for the family photo scavenger hunt that can be completed any time throughout Annual Conference. Use your phone to capture your photos and share them using the hashtag #connectwoc

Monday, June 4

Pray & Play
Time:    10:30-11:30am
Location:    Central Park (Rain Location: Upper Pavilion)
Let’s get the fun started! Connect with other families at the Central Park playground for prayer plus running, jumping, climbing, and playing. Sidewalk chalk, bubbles, parachutes, balls, and playground equipment will be provided.

Pool Party
Time:    3:30-5pm 
Location:   Grindley Aquatic & Wellness Campus (located on the corner of Laurel Avenue and Sixth Street)
Enjoy the brand new 6,000 square foot pool featuring heated water, zero-depth entry, a water slide, five lap lanes and an expansive pool deck for families to gather. The water slide has two fiberglass flumes; one open and the other closed. Let’s splash around!

Tuesday, June 5

Time:    1:30-3:30pm
Location:    Miniature Golf Course
You can’t come to Lakeside and not play mini golf! Engage in a great time golfing with your family and maybe even challenge another family to a friendly competition.

Party @ Rock the Dock
Time:    8-10pm
Location:    West Pavilion Dock
Nothing says fun like dancing the night away. Join us for family friendly tunes and an extra helpings of silliness.

Other Ideas for Families
  • Central Park (shuffleboard, basketball, horseshoes, volleyball, playground)
  • The Dock-Beach (Kiddie pool, Splash Park, fishing)
  • The Whistle Stop, Coffee & Cream, The Patio, Ooh La La!, Sloopy’s Sports Café and Hotel Lakeside Café (food drinks, desserts)
  • Chautaqua Park and Memorial Garden
  • Nature Trail (walking train, hiking, exploring, fitness)
  • Downtown Business District (shopping)
  • Orchestra Hall (movie)



Kid Connect is an action packed 1.5 hours especially designed for children ages 5-12. Kids will attend all three days: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  Kids will worship and participate in hands-on learning activities, a scripture lesson based on Feeding the Five Thousand (Matthew 14:13-21), prayer, games, and lots of fun.  In addition, a mission project has been designed to build relationships and support the Kamina Children’s Home located in the Democratic Republic of Congo. These events are led by our West Ohio Conference CONNECT leadership team.

Pre-registration:    Required by May 25, 2018 with no exceptions and no same-day registration.  Register at
Ages:    Kids 5-12 years old
Cost:    $15 per kid or $50 fee per family. Space is limited to 50 kids.
Dates/Times:    Note that a parent or guardian must check-in and pick up kids each day of the Kid Connect events.

  • Monday, June 4: 1:30-3pm
  • Tuesday, June 5: 10-11:30am
  • Wednesday, June 6: 10-11:30am

Location: Chautauqua Hall, Fountain Inn 


Camp Connect is an off-site, overnight experience during Annual Conference that allows campers to discover why there is no reason to be afraid at camp or in life when we have God on our side. Whether it is sliding down the turbo-shoot into the pond, fishing for the colossal Casey, shooting an arrow from our two-story range, or even taking on the challenge course and bouldering wall God is ever present, meaning no need for fear in the face of these exciting adventures.  Campers will have fun, make new friends, and discover God’s outdoor creation all while worshipping and learning. Please email camps [at] for more information.

Dates/Times:    Monday, June 4, 8 am – Tuesday June 5, 4 pm (A bus will pick-up campers on Monday, June 4 at 8am on the west side of Hoover Auditorium. Campers will return to the same spot on Tuesday, June 5 at 5:30pm. A parent must accompany their child at drop-off and pick-up with ID.)
Pre-registration: Required by May 25, 2018 with no exceptions and no same-day registration. All forms must be completed by the deadline. Register at

Ages:    Campers 7- 17 years old; campers will be assigned to age appropriate groups
Cost:   $80 includes all meals, snacks, activities and air-conditioned lodging
Camp Location:    Camp Widewater 4050 US 24, Liberty Center, OH 43532

CONNECT Leadership Team

Christina Allbrecht, Lithopolis UMC
Sandi Allen, Indian Run UMC, Dublin
Alisha Artis, Linworth UMC, Columbus
Ann Marie Carley, Trinity UMC, Chillicothe
Linda Cotrone, Christ UMC, Kettering
Debbie Egloff, Miami Valley District
Nate Lemke, Waynesville UMC
Meg Morgan, Scioto Ridge UMC, Hilliard
Lisa Nevels, West Ohio Conference
Ken Overholser, West Ohio Conference
Rachel Palmer, Camp Widewater
RaNae Street, West Ohio Conference
Lisa Riddle, Trinity UMC, Columbus
Rebecca Wiseman, Richmond Dale UMC