Retreats are vital to memory making of youth. These memories are what keep students involved in ministries throughout their lives. Most importantly, a deeper relationship with our Savior Jesus Christ is being developed.
We love to ski, so we try to ski at least every other year and sometimes every year! The date of this event fluctuates between just before Christmas and the end of February. The timing depends on cost, the days that the major holidays fall, and the needs and ages of our group. Occasionally we travel to Orlando, Florida over the same season just to stay warm!
White Water Rafting
Rafting is one of those events that everyone must experience at least once! This retreat take us to the Smokey Mountains in Tennessee to a rustic outpost with White Water Express (http://www.WhiteWaterExpress.com). Rafting is just one of the many activities available, including horseback riding, rope courses, mountain bike rides and much more!
Sometimes it is just fun to keep secrets from youth. This event is all about the unknown. Students are invited to sign up and trust the youth leaders to take them off for a great retreat weekend. Activities can include beach trips, hiking, missions work, camping and concerts. We are only limited by our imaginations!
Confirmation Class and Retreat
Confirmation Class is held bi-annually. This class uses the United Methodist curriculum, “Claim the Name.” We use adult and youth mentors teaching the basics of our Christian faith as seen from the United Methodist prospective.
The word Salkehatchie means “salt catcher” and it is a river location in the lower county of our state. Salkehatchie is a summer service mission project designed to work on homes of underprivileged families in the state. The goal is to make these homes warm and dry. This mission project has been the number one spiritual formation activity in which our youth participate. It is a week-long project that requires a great deal of work, trust, hope, prayers, and water to drink. But it is fun! Mission projects require that youth be at least 14 years of age and possess the ability to work all day in the hot sun. Student and adults alike who serve on these projects have the opportunity to encounter Christ in a new way.
Student Lead Worship
Students lead and take part in the Good Friday, Youth Sunday and Salkehatchie Sunday services.
Vacation Bible School, Fat Tuesday Pancake Supper, Souper Bowl of Caring, as well as local activities.
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