In the life of a student ministry, retreats are essential. They are important because students are busy, constantly pulled in multiple directions, and surrounded by tons of other options and opportunities.
Retreats offer a time of refreshing in the midst of spiritual deserts. They offer silence in the midst of chaos. They offer community in what can be a lonely, teenage world. They provide a time and place for intentional bonding within the group. They set the tone for the year and reinforce relationships that were formed and/or help establish new ones.
Retreats are also a great place for growth. They allow students a safe space to step up and provide leadership. This leadership will show itself both in structured and unstructured activities. For example, the senior who takes it upon himself to spend time with the freshmen, or the seventh grader who realizes she has an important voice in group discussions and begins to ask questions and give answers for the first time. The leadership, and even spiritual growth, will often show itself during the most unexpected times.
Redland Students is committed to providing environments that provide students the opportunity to connect and reconnect with Jesus, as well as build community among their peers. These are some of the reasons why we are so excited about this year’s “2021 Encounter Retreat.” We chose this as our theme because we believe God is desiring to encounter each of us no matter where we are on the journey of faith. We are convinced that this weekend will be one of the most life-changing experiences for both our students and leaders.
If you are a middle or high school student, we want to invite you to be a part of this year’s 2021 Encounter Retreat. The retreat will take place March 12-14, 2021 at the Cornerstone Conference IPHC in Browns Summit, NC.
The deadline to register is Sunday, March 7th.
In order to participate, the following forms will need to be filled out and submitted:
We are excited for what God is going to do during this retreat and pray you will join us!