Fall Youth Conference 2022

On November 18th and 19th, we had nearly 70 adults and kids at Christ Community Church in Plainfield, NH for our annual Fall Youth Conference. We always have a lot of fun at our youth retreats, but this year was a particularly great one! CCC has a fantastic space where we were able to have a worship band led by our very own youth group leaders and one very talented high school drummer. There were lots of games played, including a game of musical chairs that our high school girls were very proud to have won. The theme of the retreat was “Brought Near: Our New Identity in Christ” with talks that sought to address the issues we face in our current culture surrounding identity. That first night we had the privilege to hear a testimony from Nick Engert as well as hear Robert Moore speak on our identity in Christ out of the first half of Ephesians 2.
On Saturday, we woke up after a night of “trying” to sleep and jumped right into our breakout sessions led by our middle school youth group leaders Mike O’Leary and Brianna Nesselrodt. Mike spoke on how shame affects and warps our identity; Brianna spoke on the realities of what we lose and gain when we choose to place our identity in Christ. We then wrapped up the morning with a question and answer session where kids were able to submit their own questions about identity and the various talks thus far. Josh DePasacreta, Anna Kaye Schulte, and Becca Wistrom joined our breakout session leaders to try to answer some of these questions. They did a fantastic job. We ended our content for the retreat with Robert closing us out with a talk on what our new identity in Christ means for our relationships with each other. The final event of the retreat is always our annual game of Capture the Flag which is usually freezing and always fun. Can’t wait to do it all again next year!
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