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Photos and Report from Youth Retreat

August 28 2012 at 8:31 pm 1 Comments

We had hoped to post daily updates from the Worthy12 Youth Retreat (August 16-20, in North East, Md.), but it turns out the internet connection at the camp was not so reliable. Here’s an after-the-fact report from Dave Brewer.

Joshua Harris spoke Friday morning, continuing the theme of “Holiness: Become What You Are,” challenging the teens to holiness by putting off sin, starving our sinful desires and putting on Christ! Our guest speaker’s name was Jefferson Bethke, the same guy who shared a poem with Covenant Life on Sunday morning last week. He spoke twice, challenging the teens to devote every aspect of our life to Christ, to use every gift from God for his Kingdom. Jon Smith and Kevin Rogers rounded out the speaking line up, both speaking on the holiness of Christ.

Each year there is a running competition between the Connect Groups that continues throughout the entire retreat. On the first day, the Bozarth Connect Group was in LAST place, but they came all the way back and just barely collected the most points on the very last afternoon! Huge upset!

Every afternoon we gathered on the big field for Connect Group games. There was dodgeball, field hockey, slip ‘n’ slides, relay races, and the infamous “paint war.” If you don’t know what the “paint war” is, just ask a teen at some point on a Sunday morning and they will tell you all about it! You also will probably see lots of pictures on Facebook with teens covered in paint!

Ministry night was the highlight of the retreat. We gathered to ask the Holy Spirit to be active among us. We prayed, worshipped, prayed some more, and worshipped some more! God met us in amazing ways ... salvation for some, conviction of sin, joy in the Lord, etc. We prayed for the upcoming senior class, and then ended the retreat with some crazy awesome worship! The band did a great job serving us this weekend, led by Ken Boer, Ryan Kelley and Erin Hill.

God is faithful. God is good. He is transferring the gospel to yet another generation! It’s an amazing privilege to be a part of it!

Thanks again for your prayers!


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I am always amazed when our teens are baptized at how many of them mention this youth retreat as having had a significant spiritual impact upon them.  So grateful that they have this opportunity.

Thanks Dave!  Thanks church!

By Jeannie Shenk on 08/29/2012
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