Thursday, October 21, 2004

Fall high school retreat

If you remember, pray for our high school retreat this weekend. I am, unfortunately, not going. I have a weekend release I have to work for the day job. Our speaker's name is Lance, there are about 200 kids going, 9th through 12th grade. Our Fall retreat is focused on small groups - building community in them, getting kids to know each other, and concentrating on investing into kids who are already walking with Jesus. The Spring retreat is where we challenge kids to bring friends and where the program and messages are more towards kids who are unchurched. Here is the rough schedule:

(Schedule is subject to change)

Friday, October 22nd
3:30 pm Check-in begins at the Warehouse
5:30 pm Estimated arrival at Summit Lake
7:30 pm Dinner
9:00 pm Evening program
11:00 pm Small group time
12:30 pm Lights out!

Saturday, October 23rd
9:00 am Breakfast
10:00 am Morning program
11:45 am Small group time
12:30 pm Lunch
1:00 pm Free time
5:30 pm Dinner
6:30 pm Leader’s meeting in the dining hall
7:30 pm Evening program
10:00 pm Small group time
11:00 pm S’mores by the camp fire
12:30 pm Lights out!

Sunday, October 24th
9:00 am Breakfast
Chapel in small groups
12:00 pm Lunch
12:45 pm Departure from Summit Lake
2:00-3:00 pm Estimated arrival back at the Warehouse

I love the way we do retreats. The coolest thing to me, is that every message ends with two or three application questions, and rolls right into small group time. We tell our speakers that their job is two fold - to do a great job speaking, but just as important, to set up small group time. I remember countless retreats where the speakers were great and when they were done, it was time to go to the gym. Not so here. Small groups are integral times for the retreats.
Your prayers for our students would be awesome.

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