Student Ministry Opportunities
Youth Retreat 2018
As Rachel Sciretti, Associate Pastor for Youth at Hampton Baptist puts it, “In fall, the earth is in the process of a sort of death – going inward, into the ground, into the “tomb” – for protection against the extremes of winter, conditions that do not support life, to re-emerge in spring, renewed and transformed. We don’t freak out every fall and winter wondering what is going to happen. We have come to trust and rely on the cycle…that spring will come again. For most, change is not to be trusted. It is scary, unknown.” CBFVA’s Fall Retreat will focus on providing students with Spiritual Practices that they can use to help process change.
We will also have time to hang out, play games, eat around tables and build s’mores around the campfire. For more information about this youth retreat please contact Mark Snipes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your High Schoolers are invited to the mountains at Camp Crossraods, during the weekend before Thanksgiving, to consider together what it means to be “Called.” While we do talk heavily about our call to Christian ministry, we also consider what it means to be “called” to be a school teacher, a dentist, or any other occupation. This weekend focuses on small group discussion, private devotion time and corporate worship.
Call Weekend is designed for high school student to explore God’s Call and their response. Call Weekend is scheduled for November 16-18 at Crossroad Conference Center.
We’re so excited about Mission Madness 2018, a weekend retreat for youth groups interested in mission service, worship, fellowship, and fun!
This year, Mission Madness will be in TWO locations, to give you more options and schedule flexibility.
Mission Madness: Waynesboro
2018 Dates and Location:
Waynesboro: March 16-18 at First Baptist Church, Waynesboro
Richmond: April 13-15 at Central Baptist Church
Registration for Mission Madness is now CLOSED
Example of Mission Madness Schedule
7:00…..The Madness Begins! Group Leaders Register. Food, Activities, & Fellowship.
10:00…..Return to Hotels
11:30…..Rest for Saturday Madness
8:30…..Gather with Mission Groups
9:00…..Travel to Mission Sites
4:30…..Return to Host Church. Sort & Clean Madness Supplies. Church Groups Reunite.
6:30…..Supper & Fellowship
9:00…..Church Group Time
10:30…..Return to Hotels
8:30…..Closing Devotional Service
10:30…..Load Vans & Check Out
I have been attending Mission Madness with my youth group, Chester Baptist Church, since the eighth grade. This year was by far my favorite. I walked into this Mission Madness with my usual excitement and left with so much more. This years Mission Madness helped change my heart. My mission site this year was unlike any other mission site I have had in the past. It had the most work, the best people, and stuck with me far after the weekend was over. This year we helped clean out a family’s house whose kitchen caught on fire. We cleaned the entire kitchen out, took inventory, tore down cabinets, and even helped clean up the yard. What I found so unique about this experience is that we were actually working with the people that this happened to. I found that the missions you are doing becomes a lot more personal when you experience it with the person you are doing the mission work for. At one point, we were all taking a break because we were waiting for someone to bring us trash bags. Even though it didn’t feel like we were doing much then, we were doing so much more than it seemed. During that time I was able to sit and talk with the people who lived in the house. Even during this tragic time in their life, it was as if nothing ever changed. You could see the love in this family poured out for all to see, and it was beautiful. To see kindness, strength, and love in a situation like that was inspirational and gave me hope. I walked into the mission site hoping to spread God’s light. What I quickly realized is that His light was already there. It is weekends like Mission Madness that teach me the most. These retreats never fail to fill my heart and nurture my soul. My experience at Mission Madness this year gave me a better outlook on life and a sense of hope for the future. For that I am forever grateful.
-Houston Blake, Chester Baptist Church
CBF Young Adult Network
The CBF Young Adult Network exists to connect young Baptists (post-college up to age 35) of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship by providing regional and national events, mission and learning opportunities, as well as resources of interest to young adults or those who minister alongside young adults.