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 email@example.com or online with pw "youth2000"; just include "Avalanche 2022" in
Welcome to BLIZZARD 2021: CBOQ Youth's epic high school winter retreat. Because of the pandemic, we all met together online. That means you can also share in our Blizzard adventures with Dave Overholt's messages and Life Support's worship videos. Dave Overholt's messages Life Support videos 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
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
With the Christmas holidays over and the cold weather starting to settle in, many of us experience the winter blahs. Many youth ministries find that January till March Break is one of the hardest stretches. How do you navigate the winter blahs? It’s important to have some kind of catalyst to help catapult your ministry through these weeks. While a youth ministry shouldn’t be solely dependent on events, having experiences
At Blizzard 1 this past weekend, when people asked me (Alvin) how I felt the weekend was going, my response was, "Too smoothly." Yes, there were some minute glitches here and there, but generally speaking, things went according to plan. All our churches arrived by 10:00pm. All the waivers were signed properly (I can't remember if that's ever happened in the last 38 Avalanches and Blizzards). We were on schedule.
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
For a lot of youth ministries, the weeks from the Christmas holidays to March break feel like an eternity. At the beginning of the ministry year in the fall, there's the adrenaline of a new start. Shortly after Thanksgiving comes the move towards Christmas celebrations. After March break signifies a change in weather towards spring, which brings excitement and the focus on Easter. After Easter is the final push towards