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HELPING MIDDLE SCHOOL YOUTH EXPERIENCE GOD’S LOVE

EMPOWERING HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH TO BECOME LEADERS

ENGAGING EVERY GENERATION IN LIFE-CHANGING MINISTRY
DISCOVERY WEEKEND

WHAT IS IT?

Discovery Weekend is a spiritual formation retreat for middle school youth that engages high school youth in leadership. Held in the local church, Discovery invites the entire church family to live out the baptismal promise to create a community of love and forgiveness. In this environment, middle school youth will be encouraged to strengthen their faith with foundational Christian teachings and experiences.



WHO IS IT FOR?

Discovery Weekend is for the entire church family. Middle school youth, no matter where they are on their faith journey, are invited to attend. High school youth lead small groups and worship. Parents share gifts of love, presence, and prayer. Youth leaders provide overall leadership, direction, and supervision of the weekend. Church parishioners serve on the Discovery team. Sunday school classes and small groups provide prayer support, meals, and snacks. Clergy help with teaching, provide spiritual guidance, and, with parental involvement, celebrate baptism.



Upcoming Events

Webinar 1: Why Discovery?

Webinar 2: The Manual

Webinar 3: Planning Timeline

Webinar 4: Panel Q&A

Leadership Gathering

What happens during Discovery Weekend?

Worship

Singing, praising, and worshiping as one body.

Engagement

Skits, short videos, and meaningful talks about faith and God.

Love

Congregational care and love.

Fun

Free time, serious time, and fun time.

Fellowship

Mentoring, small-group sharing, Bible reading, and prayer.

THEMES

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Discover God’s Love through the Church

June 15, 2016

This weekend is about discovering God’s love and sharing in the friendship and forgiveness of Christ, who loves us for who we are and calls us to do the same for one another. As Christ’s church, we can discover the joy of living in God’s love as a body of believers and welcome those outside the church to discover God’s profound love.

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Discover God’s Love through Scripture

June 15, 2016

This weekend is about encountering the life-giving love of God found in the scriptures and the invitation to live in God’s image. Through scripture, we discover our connection to Jesus and our call to love God and love others.

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Discover God’s Gifts: Prayer, Baptism, and Holy Communion

June 15, 2016

This weekend is about experiencing God’s gifts of prayer and the sacraments. Through these gifts, we grow in our friendship with Christ and discover the mystery of God’s presence in these sacred moments.

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Discovery: Celebrate Life

June 15, 2016

This weekend is about loving God with our entire beings and living in the joy of knowing God and knowing we are forgiven. Through worship, we are reminded of God’s love and celebrate together what God has done and is doing to create and renew the world.

Get started discovering what God has in store for your church through Discovery Weekend!