Over 400 youth and adults participated in Mid-Winter 2014! Three retreats at two locations over the course of two weekends were led by a remarkable team of student leaders and adult directors at Glen Lake Camp and Central UMC. The focus of the weekends were being the church with curriculum that had small groups discuss what the church should look like and how we can share Jesus Christ with our neighbors.
I loved small groups and learning about miracles that happen everyday.
I learned that church is not just one person but everyone together. Favorite – small groups!
Worship was facilitated by Matt Adler, Bus Seven, Rev. Joy Dister, Rev. Joseph Nader, and Tim Palmer. Music was powerful, moving, and energetic. Preaching was engaging and very informative. Our preachers reinforced the message in small groups of how important it is for us to know we are loved by God and to share that message with everyone we encounter.
I loved the worship music and the songs that were chosen made me feel closer to God.
Bus Seven was the BEST Christian band!
Students at the Waco mid-winter had the unique experience of serving in mission around the Waco community. They cleaned, sorted, and shared the love of Christ, literally BEING the church!
Both weekends at Glen Lake Camp we played a huge game of Human Clue on Saturday evening. Lead by our student leaders, this game allowed small groups to get to know each other while working together to solve clues. Our adult leaders took their jobs very seriously, even dressing up in costume to represent their character.
Clue was my favorite.
My favorite experience would be meeting fellow Christians, learning about the church, and seeing how I can help spread God’s will and word!
The church is more than the building and facility where we worship. The church is going out in doing and being the church.
The mission focus, chosen by our CCYM leaders, was Loose Chains 2 Loosen Chains. A project from International Justice Mission, LC2LC is a student-led campaign for elementary to college students to combat modern-day slavery while learning about the reality of injustices today. IJM will use the money donated through this program to rescue victims of slavery and other forms of oppression. Over the course of the 3 retreats, we raised $875.19 to help eradicate slavery!
Details for mid-winter 2015 are still in the works, but mark your calendars for February 6-8 and 20-22, 2015 and watch here for more information as it becomes available!