Middle School Retreat: Bonclarken 2019


By Audrey Burris (First Anderson)
Secretary of Foothills Presbytery Youth Council
Senior TL Hanna High School

This past month over 200 middle school youth from all over the Presbytery came together to worship the Lord at Bonclarken Conference Center in North Carolina. The theme for the weekend was ‘Relationship Status: Loved’. Through this topic we discussed our relationships with God, each other, and ourselves. We sang, worshiped, and in small groups of about 20 youth, we talked about the topics more in depth. This event is led by the Presbyterian Youth Council (PYC), a group of around 20 high school students from our Presbytery.

PYC plans this retreat for months, carefully thinking about and praying for each youth. Our keynote speaker was Neeley Rentz Lane, and she gave us a shoestring to remind us that we are all tied to each other and God.

The weekend spent with our youth in Bonclarken was a beautiful reminder that a church is not a building, but the people, as Neeley had stated in one of her keynotes. Neeley also reminded each youth to always remember that they are children of God, and that they should start seeing themselves the way that the Lord sees them.

Each youth left knowing how to love God, to love others, and to love themselves. It was truly a transformative experience for all those involved. The PYC and Presbytery would love for all churches to prayerfully consider allowing their youth to become apart of this experience.

If you would like to stay updated about retreats and everything PYC please follow @foothills.pyc on Instagram.

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