God’s justice is restorative, affirming, and it reveals both the depths of God’s mercy and love for us all. Crestfield’s 2018 Urban Teen Retreat will look at how young people are called to experience, live and bring God’s justice to the communities they live in. Featuring elements of study and worship that reflect the diversity of Kingdom of God, this retreat will deal particularly with issues that affect teens in urban contexts, but is open to middle and high school students from any background.
“Jesus chooses you.” What a simple sentence with so much meaning. All of us who call ourselves Christian will have to unpack and explore this statement at different seasons in our lives, but for those of us who are teens, this can seem like too big and too loaded of a sentiment to really wrestle with.
“Is it okay that I do not know what Jesus choosing me means to me? Does Jesus chose me no matter who I am, or what I have done? What does Jesus want from me? What does it mean to for me to choose Jesus? If I do choose Jesus, how should I act towards my family, my friends and at school?”
If you know of young people who desire a fuller understanding of what it means to be in relationship with God, and how to hold on to that relationship as they navigate a world that is ever changing and often new to them, this is the retreat for them.
Urban Middle/High School Groups: November 16-18, 2018
Middle/High School Reteat December 7-9, 2018
Groups arrive between 6:30-7pm Friday.
Departure will be late Sunday morning after breakfast.
Sunday morning worship will be held.
Cost: $105 per person
*cost includes fees for speaker, music leader, housing, food, and programming
2. A 20% non-refundable deposit is required upon registration. Lodging is assigned on a deposit received basis.
Chaperones and Adult Leaders:
Unlike our summer program, our retreats run Conference Style. This means that rather than registering as individuals (as you would for our summer camp), participants register as a church or group. Each church is responsible for providing their own chaperones. We ask that you have at least one adult advisor per eight youth of the same gender.
Crestfield has worked intentionally to provide a fun, safe, grow in your faith retreat. Part of the success of the retreat entails your assistance (and the leaders for your group) in having a presence with your youth and their participation in the retreat. Your most important role is to spend time getting to know your youth and where they are in their faith journey.
Registration & Liability Waivers:
As the group leader, you are responsible for collecting all money, registrations and liability waivers prior to the retreat. Each member of your group must have a signed and completed copy of the liability waiver found here. This is the only paperwork Crestfield requires upon arrival. Individual registration, health information, and emergency contacts are the responsibility of the group leader. Please have these forms completed and bring them with you to provide to us at registration.
No payment is necessary at the time of check-in. Crestfield will send you an invoice after the retreat. Once checked in, we will direct you to your lodging so you can get setteld in and then join the rest of the retreat at the designated time.
Lodging is assinged on a first-come, first-served basis. Crestfield reserves the right to move your group to best accommodate all groups attending the retreat.
There MAY be a nurse for consultation but the expectation is that each group handles medications and first aid needs internally and independently within the group. Therefore, please make sure you know all of your group's dietary and medical needs.
Meals will be served in the Dining Hall. Breakfast will typically be held at 8:30am, lunch at 12:30pm and dinner at 5:30 pm. We will also provide an evening snack when applicable.
We have a camp store with various items (shirts, hats, sweatshirts, etc.) that will be open at the conclusion of the weekend. Let your youth know to bring additional money in case they want to purchase something.