Saturday, March 8, 2014

Adventist Church wants millions of youth to skip church on March 15, here's why you should too



UPDATE: Global Youth Day is happening right now. Watch the live video.


Adventist youth around the world plan to skip church on Saturday, March 15. Instead of listening to another sermon, these youth plan to actually be the sermon!


It's called Global Youth Day (GYD) and the General Conference Youth Ministries wants youth to go out and share God's love to their communities through acts of kindness.


Eight million young people participated in last year's Global Youth Day, according to the GC Youth Ministries Dept. It was also the Adventist Church's largest social media event. Four million people were talking about it on the Internet, according to Adventist News Network.


New iOS and Android Apps


The youth department created an official app for iOS and Android. The app lets you take pictures and upload photos of you sharing Jesus. Users can add captions and location to their photos. Photos are added to a map with all the photos of users around the world. To upload photos, you must sign in with either your Facebook, Google, or Twitter account.


We tested the iOS app and found that once you sign in, there is no way to log out of your account. Even after revoking access to the app from our Twitter account settings (which we had used to log in), the app refused to log us out of our account


So be careful before you let your friend use your phone to post something from their account, because you might not be able to use it to log into your own account.


The only way we were able to fix this was by deleting the Global Youth Day app and then redownloading it. You can download the app via the following links:


Apple App Store | Google Play Store


You can also upload pictures from the official GYD website. The website was much faster than the app and we were able to log in and out our accounts just fine. The website was available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, German, and Russian.


Promotional Videos







Live Stream

According to the GYD official Facebook page, there will be a 24-hour live stream of the events on the GYD website starting on March 14 at 11:00 p.m. EDT. You will also be able to view the live stream below:


If live video doesn't work, try this link.

Schedule for Live Broadcast

For about 24 hours, there will be live streaming video from different locations around the world. Below is the schedule according to the North American Division.

Place EDT (US) UTC
Auckland (New Zealand) 11:00 p.m. 03:00
Sydney (Australia) 12:00 a.m. (midnight) 04:00
Melbourne (Australia) 1:00 a.m. 05:00
Seoul (South Korea) 2:00 a.m. 06:00
Manila (Philippines) 3:00 a.m. 07:00
Manila (Philippines) 4:00 a.m. 08:00
Hong Kong (China) 5:00 a.m. 09:00
India 6:00 a.m. 10:00
Moscow (Russia) 7:00 a.m. 11:00
Bucharest (Romania) 8:00 a.m. 12:00
Pretoria (South Africa) 9:00 a.m. 13:00
Frankfurt (Germany) 10:00 a.m. 14:00
Frankfurt (Germany) 11:00 a.m. 15:00
Oslo (Norway) 12:00 p.m. (noon) 16:00
London (United Kingdom) 1:00 p.m. 17:00
Brasilia (Brazil) 2:00 p.m. 18:00
São Paulo (Brazil) 3:00 p.m. 19:00
New York (USA) 4:00 p.m. 20:00
Orlando (USA) 5:00 p.m. 21:00
Mexico City (Mexico) 6:00 p.m. 22:00
Mexico City (Mexico) 7:00 p.m. 23:00
Oakwood University (USA) 8:00 p.m. 00:00
Silver Springs (USA) 9:00 p.m. 01:00

Last Year

Read about last year's Global Youth Day:

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