27 05, 2022

Building Jr Highs Towards an Overnight Retreat

By |2022-05-27T08:35:14-04:00May 27th, 2022|guest post|0 Comments

This post was authored by Phil Pharoah, Youth Pastor at Uxbridge Baptist Church. Hey fellow Youth workers! My name is Phil, and I am the Youth Pastor of Uxbridge Baptist Church in … you guessed it Uxbridge, Ontario! It truly is one of the greatest things in the world, to come alongside the next generation and help them to discover who God made them to be. In youth ministry we

15 01, 2022

Avalanche 2022

By |2022-03-05T11:21:53-05:00January 15th, 2022||0 Comments

We are excited to be hosting our 22nd Jr. high winter retreat: AVALANCHE! Due to changing circumstances, we're hosting a satellite retreat where your group can choose to join us in your own in-person gathering or as a group online. This year, we're making Avalanche FREE! (If you'd like to help offset our expenses, feel free to e-transfer to donation@baptist.ca or online with pw "youth2000"; just include "Avalanche 2022" in

16 01, 2021

Avalanche 2021 (jr. high)

By |2021-01-21T21:13:32-05:00January 16th, 2021|, |0 Comments

Thank you to those who joined us for Avalanche 2021: CBOQ Youth's epic jr. high school winter retreat. We will be "repackaging" all our materials into a do-it-yourself weekend retreat to be released in late February. Meisha's talks: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL32021TZjOyaIAxzB3V1GAlhnhjtrQjmE Connexus' worship playlist: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL32021TZjOyZs91JgAqhUnqemOcVJadQb This year, you can buy “ONE” merchandise through Promotional Source (a 3rd party distributor). Items can be purchased on-demand in whatever quantities and various colour selections you’d like. They

18 05, 2020

Middle School Discord

By |2020-05-13T22:06:14-04:00May 18th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

This pandemic has highlighted the discord that often exists for middle school students (around ages 11-13). There’s a pull between their developmental stage and what’s accessible to them.  On the one hand, developmentally, they are likely in the throws of puberty. They can be at different stages but for the most part they’re all in the midst of hormonal chaos. It’s been documented that the onset of puberty starts earlier than in previous generations, in some cases as early as age 8 especially in females.   So when ministering to middle schoolers, we

19 01, 2019

Avalanche 2019

By |2019-01-08T09:01:26-05:00January 19th, 2019|, , , |0 Comments

Avalanche is more than just a weekend retreat – it is often a life changing experience for many students. It is a chance for junior high students to join with 500 other young Canadian Baptists and see that they are not alone in their journey towards Jesus. Through high quality small group experiences, musical worship and engaging teaching, we aim to inspire your students, whether Christians or not, to begin

22 01, 2018

Avalanche 2018 – review

By |2018-01-22T13:25:46-05:00January 22nd, 2018|event recap, Events|0 Comments

Almost 500 jr. high students and leaders converged on Muskoka Woods this past weekend for our 18th Avalanche retreat. While everything didn't always go according to plan, here were some key highlights: Our Friday night began with a "bang" (see the end of the video to the right). Students were challenged with key life questions like, "Do they want to pursue Jesus as their greatest hope?" and "How will

21 01, 2017

Avalanche 2017

By |2016-11-23T10:27:26-05:00January 21st, 2017|, |0 Comments

Avalanche is more than just a weekend retreat – it is often a life changing experience for many students. It is a chance for junior high students to join with 500 other young Canadian Baptists and see that they are not alone in their journey towards Jesus. Through high quality small group experiences, musical worship and engaging teaching, we aim to inspire your students, whether Christians or not, to begin

20 01, 2014

review: Avalanche 2014

By |2016-10-31T13:57:23-04:00January 20th, 2014|Alvin Lau, event recap|0 Comments

For 40 hours, 489 students and their leaders descended upon Muskoka Woods. At times, there was calm. At times, it felt like chaos. Even the weather got into the action with staying mostly clear on Saturday then white-out conditions on Sunday. What intrigued me with this retreat was, in spite of many glitches (from administrative miscues to property issues to a lost student who was found very quickly to our

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