Lakeside’s programming is built upon the four pillars of Chautauqua: religion, education, cultural arts and recreation. The religion pillar hosts a number of programs and activities, including Sunday Worship Services, Faith for Living Hour, Wednesday Family Picnics and Vespers by the Lake, as well as children, youth and teen ministry.


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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Preacher of the Week

At the heart of the Lakeside Chautauqua 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 each week of 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 the Wednesday Family Picnic, God Squad for younger children, or Faith for Living Hour for Lakesiders 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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Religious Life News

André Thornton to Visit Lakeside

Lakeside welcome André Thornton, former Cleveland Indians' first basemen, on Friday, Aug. 3 to discuss his three life journeys: faith, triumph born of tragedy and baseball career. He will serve as the keynote speaker for the 2nd Annual Prayer Breakfast. Thornton and his wife Gail will also present a mid-morning lecture about triumph born of tragedy and then share reflections on his baseball career at a luncheon. Tickets are required for the Prayer Breakfast and Luncheon.


Ohio United Methodist Clergy Renewal Scholarship

In the biblical tradition, keeping Sabbath is essential to maintaining a relationship with God. 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 three overnight stays at the Fountain Inn, which cannot be used from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Scholarship Eligibility/Application Instructions

A clergyperson who has been a member of the East or West Ohio United Methodist Church Conference is eligible to apply for the scholarship. To apply, complete the Ohio United Methodist Clergy Renewal Scholarship Application. The scholarship is awarded twice per calendar year. The deadlines are October 10 and February 1. Applicants will be notified by October 31 and February 28.


Memorial Remembrance Forms

Each summer, at the Memorial Day weekend Hoover Community Worship Service, Lakeside Chautauqua formally remembers those loved ones who have died throughout the year.

If a loved one has passed away during the 2017-18 year, download the Memorial Remembrance Form. Please complete the form so that information about your loved one will be included in the bulletin prepared for the Memorial Day weekend service. Return the form to the Advancement Office by Friday, April 20, 2018.

If families prefer to ask for memorial gifts through the obituary, the notice may read, "In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made in memory to the Lakeside Chautauqua Foundation, 236 Walnut Ave., Lakeside, OH 43440. For more information, contact advancement@lakesideohio.com or  (419) 798-5396."

Church Pass
A complimentary Church Pass may be obtained between 7:30-10:30 a.m. Sunday; valid until 3 p.m. The pass includes admission to Lakeside for guests and auto, but not access to the Grindley Aquatic & Wellness Campus.

Faith for Living Hour Pass
A complimentary Faith for Living Hour Pass is available between 8:30-9:15 a.m. Monday-Thursday; valid until 1:30 p.m. The pass includes admission to Lakeside for guests and auto, but not access to the Grindley Aquatic & Wellness Campus.

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