Our largest retreat is our SHINE retreat. It’s our junior high retreat. It’s ridiculous. It’s insane. It’s loud. It’s the most fun you’ll ever have over a weekend. Unless you have a phobia of body odour, then its the worst weekend you could possibly imagine. We always have fun with this retreat. One of the main reasons we love this retreat so much is that it’s more than just a good time. We bring in a quality presenter and a quality band to make sure that this weekend is also a huge opportunity to encounter God. Several months ago I listened to a youth give a testimony before getting baptized on a Sunday morning. SHINE had been a turning point for them. That moment stands strongly, reminding us why we do the things we do.
This next year will be no different. The retreat isn’t until April, but planning is well under way. Andy Harrington, CEO of the Wellspring Foundation for Education, is the speaker for 2017 and his passion is undeniable. We are extremely excited for our next SHINE retreat. We can’t wait to see how ridiculous, insane, loud, smelly, fun and God honouring this weekend this weekend will turn out!