I am excited about this blog.  This comes at a time that I am preparing for a weekend youth retreat called Ignite. 

 Romans 12:11 says  “Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.”   The underlying Greek word for “fervent” is “zeo”, which means, “to be hot.”   We want ignite a passion among teens for God.

We started this retreat 2 years ago. The youth group did a devotional called “The Hardest 30 Days of Your Life” by Justin Lookadoo. It challenged them to examine their walk with God. In the middle of the 30 days the youth had to do a media fast. They abstained from TV, computers, and radio. The time they would generally devote to media, they would instead take that time to pray, read the bible and focus on God. To end the 30 days we decided to have a weekend retreat to worship, to start a fire within, to be hot for Jesus. This is our third year in hosting Ignite.

Ignite is open to all teens. It is FREE to attend. It is being held at Camp Kidd, outside of Parsons off Rt. 72. Sign in starts at 7pm on Friday and we will be staying the night. Check out will be around 7:30pm on Saturday night. This like a mini-church camp. There will be speakers, a praise band, activities, games, food and prayer.

We want to have an impact on ALL teens in Tucker County, no matter were they go to church. We want to create a burning desire for Christ, to make a change in the community they live in. We weren’t called to blend in with the world, but to make a differnce in it. We ask this question, “what are you on fire for?”

If anyone is interested in attending Ignite, or know someone who might be interested. Go to the ECHOS youth group facebook page.


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  1. #1 by Katie G. on March 15, 2011 - 3:00 pm

    Thanks for sharing this with us, Chopper! I’d love to hear about the turn out of your retreat.

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