The Cedaredge Community United Methodist Church houses the Zero Gravity Youth Group. Recently, the small organization combined with Delta's United Methodist Church to create new connections and formulate new ideas. They also collaborate with Grand Junction's Methodist youth group regarding West Side Weekend and future activities.
West Side Weekend takes place at Camp Cedaredge every year. It welcomes youth groups from the entire Western Slope in addition to groups from the Front Range and Utah. "It's a great place to meet friends that you otherwise wouldn't have gotten the chance to meet. There's a lot of diversity and everyone is very accepting of each other," member Megan Toothaker describes. In addition to discussing West Side Weekend, Zero Gravity plans to participate in a Hunger Games-themed lock-in Nov. 14 and 15 in Grand Junction. All three groups will combine for a night of friendship and learning experiences.
Zero Gravity sold caramel apples at AppleFest in early October, making around $1,200 to help fund future activities, including a mission trip out of the country next summer. Senior member Jacob Small anticipates the experience taking place in Costa Rica, or San Diego if they decide to stay in the U.S. President Hannah Hatheway expresses her excitement for the trip. "I'm looking forward to serving others and seeing parts of the country, and possibly world, that I've never been to before. It's also a great bonding experience." The group will volunteer at food banks and orphanages during the trip.
The Zero Gravity Youth Group holds a reputation for helping others and making differences in Delta County. All members of the Zero Gravity Youth Group excitedly prepare for short-term activities, such as bowling and routine meetings, and anticipate the coming of a mission trip that will provide the students with priceless experiences and the people they help with a priceless gift.