It's time to ROCK!

ROCK, the Baltimore-Washington Conference retreat which brings thousands of United Methodist youth and their leaders to Ocean City each year, has been revised to allow for social distancing and address safety concerns brought about by the coronavirus pandemic.

ROCK(ish) 2021 will be a free interactive online event for youth Feb 5-6.  Friday night features an interactive time with Bishop Easterling, as well as music by Urban Street Level and the ROCK Mass Choir. Saturday will offer a range of virtual interactive breakout sessions.  Topics will include addressing racism, human rights, mental health, life after high school, and regional breakouts.  At 9 a.m. there will be a youth leader training. 

The agenda includes:

Friday, Feb. 5
Starting at 8 p.m. - Dish with the Bish - a Q&A with Bishop LaTrelle Easterling

Saturday, February 6 - Workshops:

9 a.m. - Youth Leader Training: Growing Resilience for you, your youth and your families.  

10 a.m. - Addressing Racism - How to recognize and address racism in your family and community.  Led by K Scarry.  

11 a.m. --  Human RightsRecognizing and addressing inequalities, discerning rights vs. privileges.  Led by Stacey Cole Wilson and Kyle Durbin.  

12 p.m. Regional/District Meet-Up and Real Talk

  • Southern Region (includes Annapolis District and Washington East District) 
  • Region (includes Cumberland-Hagerstown District and Frederick District)
  • Baltimore Region (includes Baltimore Metropolitan District and Baltimore Suburban District)

  • Washington Region (includes Central Maryland District and Greater Washington District)

1 p.m.  Mental Health & Depression - Identifying depression, finding and using resources, how to talk to your parents/kids about mental health.  Led by Xanthia Johnson.

2 p.m.  Faith in the Time of COVID - How do you keep your faith when life sucks?  Praise and resilience in challenging times.  Led by Twanda Prioleau and Nick Bufano. 

3 p.m.  Life after High School - How to keep your faith alive after leaving home/friends/church. 

The event is free.  However, for $3, you will be able to purchase an iron-on decal with this year's theme and logo. For $10, you will get the decal as well as a box of ROCK swag. 

Arrangements are already underway for ROCK 2022 to be back in Ocean City.

ROCK 2020 Offering Continues to Benefit Mental Health and Wellness

The Baltimore-Washington Conference is committed to supporting the abundant health, mind, body, and spirit of young people. With your generous offering at ROCK, we will be able to expand suicide prevention and wellness resourcing for youth and those who love them. Many youths are afraid of acknowledging school, mental health, and life challenges. To reduce stigma and barriers, we are building online mental health resources on the following topics:

Anxiety | Body Image/Eating Disorders

Bullying | Depression | Relationships

Self Hurt | Social Media 

Substance Abuse |Suicide Prevention

Time/Stress Management

The following video highlights our ultimate hope for this work and our need for your continued support. If you wish to write a check, please make it payable to the Conference Treasurer. 


Videos from ROCK 2020

Friday night's message

Saturday morning's message

Saturday night's message

Sunday morning's message


Mass Choir