We are so glad your son/daughter can be a part of this year's HS Retreat. This is a weekend we put a lot of time, energy, and prayer into, and we pray it will be an incredible weekend for your son/daughter and for their growth in their love for the Lord.
We want to take a moment to fill you in on our theme for this year and also to ask you to pray for our students as we head into this meaningful weekend.
Have you ever been in a place that’s really and truly dark? A place with absolutely zero sources of light? It’s a little unsettling, isn’t it? We lose context. We become disoriented. And if we’re honest, sometimes we get scared. There is another kind of darkness that surrounds us. It’s not the absence of light. It’s the darkness of a world without good. A world without God.
There is darkness. But there is a light, too. And not just any light. It's a light that is overwhelming, all-consuming, and perfectly pure . . . a light that refuses to be ignored. It’s the light of God’s goodness. And it’s breaks through in the most amazing ways.
“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” - John 1:5
There is a light that drives away darkness. A light that drives out fear. A light that runs off despair. A light that shines for justice. A light that is comforting, and clarifying . . . A light that saves.
“Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” - John 8:12
We are so excited about the theme of this weekend, The Darkness and the Light. We believe that over the course of the weekend, they will truly see the radical difference God makes in the lives of His people.
We are posting a schedule below so that you will know a little about what we are doing this weekend. We'll try to send a few pics home during the weekend as well.
You are the most influential force in your child’s life as it pertains to shaping his or her spiritual identity. Your influence, your words about the Lord and His church (not just our church but all Christ-following churches) and your own walk with God have a huge impact on your son/daughter. And while we are at the retreat this weekend, it's a great time to focus on your relationship with God if you need to. (And if you need some encouragement, look the The Bible Recap on The Bible App or your favorite podcast player and listen to today's recap of Luke 18.)
Please be praying for our ministry, your child, and your child’s friends as we experience what it means to be redefined by God.