Guest Blogger: Sarah Milheim, Advancement & Communications Coordinator

When you visit Lakeside, one of the benefits of the Chautauqua experience are the many ways to embrace your faith. Lakeside is a wonderful place to reflect and grow spiritually.

During its 10-week summer season, Lakeside Chautauqua offers ample opportunities to participate in programs within the religion pillar, one of the four pillars of the Chautauqua experience.

Attend a Sunday morning worship service at no charge with a Church Pass. Church Passes are available from 7:30-10:30 a.m. Sunday; valid until 3 p.m. Attend a morning worship service, stay for lunch and enjoy the activities on the grounds. The pass includes admittance for guests and auto.

Administered through Lakeside Chautauqua’s Religious Life Department, there are several ways for adults, families, youth and young adults to get involved.

Dockside Worship Service: Enjoy a more relaxed Sunday worship service at the water’s edge, come rain or shine, on the Pavilion East Deck.

Lakeside United Methodist Church Service: This more traditional church setting offers a vibrant style of worship using inspirational song and motivational words. The Rev. Vernon Shepherd will lead the service beginning at 9 a.m.

Hoover Community Worship Service: This service takes place in a casual setting at Lakeside’s largest indoor meeting space, at 10:30 a.m. A variety of spiritual leaders from differing faiths offer spiritual renewal and thought-provoking celebrations for all who attend.

Children’s Church: Children are invited to join Chip Richter, in a procession from Hoover Auditorium to Bradley Temple. Parents and grandparents are asked to have their children sit with them in Hoover Auditorium, and then following the opening prayer, children may meet in the middle isle for the procession to Bradley Temple. Children ages 5-11 are welcome; preschoolers are welcome when accompanied by an adult.

Sunset Praise Service: Enjoy our sunset service along the lake, led by leaders of the Middle Grade Madness (MGM) program. Gathering music will start at 8:15 p.m.

Chaplain’s Hour: As part of the Chaplain of the Week program, the chaplain will preach daily during the summer at 9:15 a.m., weaving in the themed inspirational message throughout the week. A complimentary Chaplain’s Hour Pass is available, between 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; valid until 1:30 p.m. This pass includes admittance for guests and auto.

Evening Prayer & Praise: This service, held at 7:15 p.m. at Steele Memorial Bandstand (Central Park Gazebo), offers a timeless message and worship experience in a variety of styles. It is an inspiring conclusion to the day.

Wednesday Night Family Picnics: All are welcome to gather in Perry Park for fellowship, games and an evening picnic. The picnic menu includes hot dogs, baked beans, macaroni salad, chips, watermelon and lemonade. A $3 donation is suggested to help off-set the cost.

God Squad: God Squad sessions, held at Bradley Temple, are centered around songs, crafts and lessons for children. Ages 4-6 are welcome from 9 a.m.- 10 a.m., and ages 7-9 are welcome from 10 a.m.-11 a.m.

Middle Grade Madness (MGM): MGM is a time for youth, ages 10-14, to enjoy fellowship, fun and activity-based learning. This summer, the theme will be “My Way or God’s Way.”

Teen Connect: This ministry is geared towards teens, ages 13-17, and includes evening discussion groups, recreational events and teen-themed nights.

College Station: This program includes dinner and fellowship for college-age students, ages 18-22.

The Memorial Garden at Chautauqua Park: The memorial garden serves as both a final resting place for Lakesiders, as well as a place where the living can reflect and connect spiritually, loved ones can be remembered, special occasions can be celebrated and the beauty of nature can be embraced. It is a place of discovery, spiritual enrichment and reflection.

Online Devotionals: Lakeside Chautauqua’s new blog, The Front Porch, features devotionals each week of the summer on Saturday from guest bloggers at

Ohio United Methodist Clergy Renewal Scholarship: In the biblical tradition, keeping Sabbath is essential to maintaining one’s relationship with God; therefore, Lakeside Chautauqua provides a scholarship for clergy of the East or West Ohio United Methodist Church Conferences to rest, renew and deepen the spiritual lives of clergy. The scholarship provides up to four overnight stays at the Fountain Inn or Hotel Lakeside.

For more information about how to embrace your faith, visit the Lakeside Chautauqua website at

Join The Front Porch conversation! Tell us in the comments below about which spiritual programs you enjoy. How do you renew the soul at Lakeside Chautauqua?