Lakeside’s programming is built upon the four pillars of Chautauqua: religion, education, cultural arts and recreation. Traditionally, the religion pillar hosts a number of summer season programs, including Sunday Worship Services, Faith for Living Hour, Wednesday Family Picnics and Vespers by the Lake, as well as children, youth and teen ministries. Beginning in 2021, we are offering year-round programming. Check the calendar for the most current listing of programs and events.


2021 Christmas Advent Study

Sing We Now of Christmas: Advent Study

Do you enjoy the music of the season? Would you like to connect with other Lakesiders across the miles during this “most wonderful time of the year?” If so, then plan to take part in this year’s Advent Study, Sing We Now of Christmas, with the Rev. Dr. Charlie Yoost joined by Michael Shirtz at the piano. The study will be held on the four Wednesday evenings of Advent: December 1, 8, 15 and 22 from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. via Zoom, so you can enjoy the music of the season and thoughtful reflections from the convenience of your own home! The study will be based on the book by James Howell, senior pastor of Myers Park United Methodist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina entitled, "Why This Jubilee?" The book is available in both print and electronic versions.

The format of the study will be to hear the music and reflect on the meaning of well-known Christmas carols. The first week will consider the place: Bethlehem; the second week, the men: Joseph, John the Baptist, Herod, Caesar Augustus, the shepherds, and the wise men. The third week we will focus on Mary: the most influential woman the world has ever known, and the fourth week: Jesus, the Christ Child.

You will never hear the carols of Christmas again in the same way following this study! Register today by calling the Lakeside Administration Office at 419.798.4461 or email programming@lakesideohio.com. The deadline for registration is Monday, Nov. 29.

Worship Services

There are a variety of worship celebrations every Sunday during the summer. Some are more casual than others, but all offer a wonderful spiritual experience to all who participate.

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Preachers of the Week

At the heart of the Lakeside experience is the religion pillar; fostering faith in the Christian tradition. As part of our Preacher of the Week series, we welcome inspiring preachers to live in residence during the summer to bring spiritual enrichment to the community.

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Family & Youth Fellowship

A point of pride at Lakeside is the abundance of opportunities for intergenerational family fun, and that includes Religious Life activities. Between God Squad for younger children, or Faith for Living Hour for those who wish to broaden their Christian worldview, Lakeside offers activities to enhance the spiritual lives of all Lakesiders.

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Local Churches

There are a variety of worship services located on the grounds of Lakeside. However, if you're interested in exploring the spiritual community outside the gates or finding a site for a specific domination, we encourage you to find a church from this list.

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Church Pass
A complimentary Church Pass may be obtained between 7:30-10:30 a.m. Sunday; valid until 1 p.m. The pass includes admittance for guests and auto. Passes must be validated at the church service. This pass does not allow access to Hoover Auditorium shows or the Grindley Aquatic & Wellness Campus pool.

Faith for Living Hour Pass
A complimentary Faith for Living Hour Pass is available between 8:30-9 a.m. Monday-Thursday; valid until 1 p.m. The pass includes admittance for guests and auto. Passes must be validated at the service. This pass does not allow access to Hoover Auditorium shows or the Grindley Aquatic & Wellness Campus pool.

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