The goal of this year's High School retreat was to help our students grow in their relationship with the Lord and with one another. We had a wonderful time together at Berea. Our focus for this retreat was Matthew 7:24-27. Through messages given by staff, independent time to reflect, and small group discussions we talked about what it means to build a solid foundation in Christ, and how to do so in our world today. We were also able to spend a few hours relaxing by Newfound Lake, one of the cleanest (and coldest!) lakes in the country.
During the middle school retreat, the weather was sunny and warm in New Hampshire. While there, we focused our worship and devotion on 1 Thessalonians 5, particularly concentrating on the Lord's command for us to build one another up. Mr. Carter created intentional fellowship by assigning responsibilities to Grade 8 students. The older students led the younger in the chapel small group studies, at meals, and in other ways throughout the retreat.
After chapel, students showed appreciation for the camp staff's service by sweeping the grounds, collecting some trash before the early New Hampshire winter begins. Girls and boys broke into separate groups in the evening. The girls, with Mrs. Atwater, Mrs. Morse, and Ms. Cobb, discussed the challenges they face in trying to live out God's commands in everyday life. Mr. Carter, Mr. Stiles, and Mr. Kamberidis led the boys in a discussion about developing a heart for Christ.
That night brought everyone around the fire, toasting s'mores and playing manhunt! The next morning, Mr. Carter led the entire middle school in a devotion. Afterwards, we hiked through the camp grounds before packing and boarding the bus for home.