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I had never been for camp, a retreat or any such church event. Having gone to boarding school, I lost touch with people. I just didn’t know where to start. My Church feels pretty big. An invitation for a daytime youth retreat came up, so I took it. Although it was a different church.
They were so welcoming! Treating me and other newbies like everyone else. Any anxiety and awkwardness faded quickly.
The first thing we did was have a discussion. It was emphasized that contradictory and argumentative statements were not allowed. The intention being to make it a safe space. Expressing one’s views about religion usually leads to rebuttal. Here though, all views were welcome.
Food. Yes they fed us, continuously!
Find large groups intimidating? We split into smaller random teams to discuss. Allowing you to get to know people better. Hearing different perspectives was interesting. Voicing my own felt good.
A game was played. Everyone had to mention something nobody present knew. It was fun, from downright funny to personal truths. Bible knowledge became a fun gaming too. Then came a very interesting obstacle course. ( …My team lost though)
I had a fun time. It’s a good, entertaining way to participate in church. Being with peers means you can ask and not feel awkward. Trying to get serious about religion? Ask for advice and tips. Considering switching churches? It’s a great way to test the waters. Just want to put yourself out there? Go for it.
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