'The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.'
PSALM 18:2

Retreat Guest Speaker Bio
Derek Ellens

Hello, my name is Derek Ellens and I am an intern pastor at Immanuel CRC in Brampton Ontario. I am also currently in school at Calvin Seminary and am absolutely pumped to be speaking about the Spiritual Disciplines at the "Old School" youth retreat. Even though I'm only 24, I still consider myself pretty old school. I caught myself yelling at some kids to stay out of my garden the other day and my wife also makes me go to bed at 9:30 every night. The only reason why I'm okay with those slightly concerning qualities is that I've learned that old stuff is actually pretty great.  Over the past few years, I've been learning about these 1000-year-old Christian practices called "Spiritual Disciplines". Even though they are old and make you think of a scary time before Netflix, the disciplines actually work; which is why people still practice them today. During the retreat, we will be discussing and acting out things like confession, practicing the presence of God, and the discipline of celebration. So, if you'd like to hear more about how I'm secretly a grandpa or about the spiritual disciplines, come join me at the retreat!


RETREAT PACK LIST
-Bible 
-Refillable water bottle
-Warm outdoor snow gear
-Pillow
-Sleeping bag
-Personal toiletries
-70's theme outfit for Saturday night(prizes to be awarded)
-Clothes etc...
About Youth Group
All youth attending high school are welcome to join the Youth Group. We generally meet at the church on Sunday nights after the evening service and go until 8pm or so.

Social nights are held in people's homes. All that is needed is a place to hang out and some snacks to eat. There is no lesson, but just chilling out, playing games and eating. If you'd like to host the group, please let Al Postma know.
 
Sometimes there are regional youth worship services on a Sunday evening. To get there, we usually meet at the church beforehand to carpool together.

The youth also have a Facebook group .
  1. Whose idea was this?
    Whose idea was this?
  2. Going downhill was easier!
    Going downhill was easier!
  3. Gathering round the human tree
    Gathering round the human tree
  4. A group picture
    A group picture
  5. Council versus Youth
    Council versus Youth
  6. Soccer Camp
    Soccer Camp
  7. Mission Trip 2016 - Spring Grove, PA
    Mission Trip 2016 - Spring Grove, PA
  8. Mission Crew #29, Spring Grove, PA
    Mission Crew #29, Spring Grove, PA
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    Spring Grove 2016
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    Spring Grove 2016
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    Spring Grove 2016
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    Spring Grove 2016
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    Spring Grove 2016
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    Spring Grove 2016
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    Spring Grove 2016
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    Spring Grove 2016
  17. Greenwood SC, 2015
    Greenwood SC, 2015
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    Greenwood SC, 2015
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    Greenwood 2015
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    Greenwood 2015
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    Greenwood 2015
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    Greenwood 2015
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    Greenwood 2015
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    Greenwood 2015
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    Greenwood 2015
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    Greenwood 2015
  27. Albany NY, 2014
    Albany NY, 2014
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    Albany NY, 2014
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    Albany 2014
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    Albany 2014
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    Albany 2014
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