The Rooted Retreat is moving to two weekends this year - September 30-October 2 and October 7-9, 2016, at Glisson Camping and Retreat Center (near Dahlonega, GA),
The Rooted Retreat is a retreat that specifically focuses on the kinds of things that help faith become rooted deep into the nourishment it needs to thrive. Jesus told a parable about a sower who planted seeds. Some of the seeds fell on rocky soil. When the rains came it quickly started growing, but since there was no fertile soil for the roots to grow the new plants quickly withered and died. Some retreats are like those seeds planted in rocky soil. They are great on the excitement and the emotion of a new faith, but after the retreat is over and there's nothing to sink roots into, that faith soon withers and is no more.
At The Rooted Retreat youth will build relationships with the church community that brings them, helping them have a strong connection with caring peers and adults; youth will recognize the power and support of scripture and worship, giving them nourishment and a source of guidance that will last into their adulthood; and they will experience new avenues of prayer, devotion, and spiritual living that will feed the growth of their faith.
Our retreat speakers this year are long-time youth minister, Jason Sansbury (weekend 1), and Quincy Brown, associate pastor at Peachtree City UMC (weekend 2). The Kyle Edenfield Band, from Douglasville, will be our worship band, and DJ Frank Clark will return as our house DJ.
When you reserve a place for your youth group at The Rooted Retreat you will be given additional options of signing up for Glisson's excellent Low Elements Course and the Zip Line. (The Waterfront is included in this year's cost.). The space is limited for these additional activities, and there is an added fee for each, but the basic activities we have planned for Saturday will be great for your group at no additional cost.
The cost for The Rooted Retreat is $125 per person if you register and pay between May 1st and August 7th (Early Bird Rate). After that the cost goes up to $145, which is still a great cost for housing, four meals, basic programming and activities, and a t-shirt. (Again, added adventure activities have an additional cost.) Registration deadline is 9/28 for weekend 1 and 10/5 for weekend 2.
Registration is open. Click on your desired weekend here:
In addition, we are doing something cool for leaders who register at least 10 spots by July 4th! Leaders who do so will be entered into a contest to win a set of Ur Beats in-ear headphones! What that means: If you ALREADY know you're going to be coming to ROOTED 2016, go ahead and sign up now and get your name in that hat for these sick headphones.
The Schedule for the Weekend:
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