The CYF Koinonia Campout was a fantastic overnight (Oct 18-19) during fall break. The event, planned and led by the Regional Youth Council, welcomed ten congregations that sent high school youth to Red Rock Canyon Adventure Park. Yes, it was a campout: tents, meals prepared over the fire, hiking, games, and just slowing down. For some of the group it was their first tent camping experience and they were treated to thunderstorms during the overnight.
Did our phones work? Yes, but being outdoors made phone life less interesting or necessary. Several youth and adults commented that is was “good to be still.”
Rev. John Wheeler, FCC Arnett, keynoted the event offering words about the year’s theme, Live in Me, focusing on John 15:4. Friday night worship included a labyrinth walk.
In 2020 the RYC plans to offer weekends focused on spirituality, slowing down, listening, and screen free. The Regional Youth Council will host Qahal/Koinonia Campout during fall break 2020. Plan now to get a tent and bring your Chi Rho and CYF groups.