Guest post by Mackay Lee, Director, Student Ministries/Middle School
It’s 7 p.m. on Monday night. Students are gathering outside of the chapel, anxiously awaiting the doors to open so that they can rush in to get the best seat. The doors finally open -– students storm in. The music is pumping, and colored lights dance around the dimly lit chapel. It’s the sign that BreakThru ’20 has officially begun.
BreakThru is a winter retreat that holds a special place in the hearts of Christ Church students, parents and staff. Tucked away in the woods of Pulaski, MS, at Camp Timbercreek, BreakThru provides an opportunity to literally “retreat,” away from distractions, cell phones and good cell service. Students instead are able to enter into a time of fun, laughter, connection, community and a sensing of God’s presence. The theme for this year was Friendship. This retreat allowed our group to disconnect for a moment and re-learn what true friendship is and how Jesus invites us into a deep, meaningful relationship.
During the sessions, students were challenged to think about WHO they are inviting into friendship and HOW. The speaker invited different youth leaders who were attending BreakThru into conversation to share how they personally lived this question out in their own life. These conversations were one of the more memorable moments for students, and they seemed to really relate to those who were sharing!
In the midst of this and many other powerful, transformative moments, students and leaders alike had the chance to have A LOT of fun! From crazy relay races, running through inflatable obstacle courses, buying 100 sodas from the snack shack, to playing GaGa Ball for three straight hours during free time, BreakThru 2020 was no doubt one of the most fun and most memorable!
We are excited to see all of the seeds that were sown at BreakThru grow in the hearts of our students, and we already have our eyes set on BreakThru 2021!