11 02, 2020

Blizzard 2020 – review

By |2020-02-11T09:47:32-05:00February 11th, 2020|event recap|2 Comments

This past weekend, over 550 students and leaders descended on Muskoka Woods for a weekend to explore our identity in Christ. Mike Gordon walked through John 4 (Jesus and the Samaritan woman) in seeing how the woman wanted to project her identity, how Jesus saw behind it and who Jesus really said she was. Mix in some personal stories (including surgery) and students were drawn into considering who Jesus says

8 02, 2020

Blizzard 2020

By |2020-01-14T12:49:36-05:00February 8th, 2020|0 Comments

Do you see yourself as you really are? In a world that tries to define each of us, each point of view tells maybe one part of our story (and some viewpoints are not true at all!). So who do we listen to? We’re reminded that as we know and grow closer to Jesus, he knows us as we really are (1 Corinthians 13:12). His voice is the one we

12 02, 2019

Blizzard 2 2019 – review

By |2019-02-12T12:28:44-05:00February 12th, 2019|Alvin Lau, event recap|0 Comments

Another season of retreats is complete. This weekend featured the Irish-Canadian Kevin McGlade from Sarnia and Life Support leading worship. Kevin tied together the stories of Adam and Eve, Zaccheus and the Prodigal Son, demonstrating God's initiative to seek us out and his invitation to us to join him. We praised God in extended worship. We even celebrated those who chose to say "yes" to Jesus for the first

5 02, 2019

Blizzard 1 2019 – review

By |2019-02-05T02:29:33-05:00February 5th, 2019|event recap|0 Comments

What a Blizzard weekend it was! With just over 315 students and leaders on site, we were led into worship with Life Support (celebrating their 10+ years of ministry with us) and God spoke through Mona Scrivens.There were many circumstances surrounding this Blizzard. A variety of external factors could have easily distracted our team. By Friday morning, many of us had a sense that God would do something remarkable (and

16 02, 2018

Blizzard 2 2018 – review

By |2018-02-16T10:07:07-05:00February 16th, 2018|Alvin Lau, event recap|0 Comments

We have now hosted 50 Avalanche/Blizzard retreats. Let's call this "The Golden Blizzard". With over 300 students and leaders at Muskoka Woods, many memories and spiritual steps were taken this past weekend. Derek Selinger led students through the understanding of hope, juxtaposing it against despair and understanding why Jesus is the greatest hope. Throughout the weekend, we heard numerous students seriously consider what this means in their lives. Some

5 02, 2018

Blizzard 1 2018 – review

By |2018-02-05T01:08:48-05:00February 5th, 2018|Alvin Lau, event recap|0 Comments

Blizzard 1 for 2018 was the 49th winter retreat CBOQ Youth has hosted. Our speaker, Matt Adams, brought illusions that blew the mind. (He even performed illusions and hung out with students through the weekend.) More importantly, he drew people to Jesus, sharing how Christ is the greatest hope. Life Support amped up students and leaders in worship, including their rendition (with a lot of crowd participation) of the

11 02, 2017

Blizzard II 2017

By |2016-11-23T10:29:41-05:00February 11th, 2017|, |0 Comments

For over 17 years, these retreats have become landmark experiences for thousands of teenagers on their spiritual journey. This is one of the most anticipated and impactful weekends that students experience as it brings together fun, great teaching, spiritual growth, awesome food, and crazy activities. Our hope is that our churches make this a “must do” experience for their teens, as it is a place where the value of the

4 02, 2017

Blizzard I 2017

By |2016-12-09T22:04:45-05:00February 4th, 2017|, |0 Comments

For over 17 years, these retreats have become landmark experiences for thousands of teenagers on their spiritual journey. This is one of the most anticipated and impactful weekends that students experience as it brings together fun, great teaching, spiritual growth, awesome food, and crazy activities. Our hope is that our churches make this a “must do” experience for their teens, as it is a place where the value of the

8 02, 2016

Blizzard 2016 – review

By |2016-10-31T13:57:14-04:00February 8th, 2016|Alvin Lau, event recap|2 Comments

What happens when almost 840 people converge onto Muskoka Woods? You have the BIGGEST BLIZZARD EVER! While there was a mixture of excitement and anxieties heading into this, God had his plans already in mind. With Mike Gordon as our speaker and Life Support leading worship, we explored that foundational question we all wrestle with: Who am I? More importantly, who does God say I am? Mike used the story

9 02, 2015

Blizzard 2 2015-review

By |2016-10-31T13:57:17-04:00February 9th, 2015|Alvin Lau, event recap|0 Comments

Every retreat weekend brings a combination of challenges and celebrations. This weekend was no exception. But those challenges did not become insurmountable obstacles. Rather, they became a rallying point for many to dig deeper into who God is. The key to God's message this weekend was the framing of the message of salvation. Essentially, it isn't something to just grasp for ourselves, but understanding that his salvation for us must

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