This weekend kicks off our Winter Teen Retreat season at our Michigan camp. We are expecting over 9000 students and their leaders over 12 weekends. This means there’s a lot of work to do to before we welcome them to SpringHill on Friday night.
Each year during the week before the season begins we have an all staff work day to help prepare camp. We have teams building sets, cleaning cabins and buildings, prepping activity areas, creating a prayer labyrinth and a host of other essential work. It’s a great chance for staff members who normally don’t work directly with our campers and guests to be involved in our second biggest season of the year. It helps all of us feel a part of these weekends.
One of the coolest things we do on this day is pray for every one of the 300 or so churches who will attend this winter along with the speakers and bands who will be part of each weekend. It’s important to us that the entire season, including each weekend be covered in pray. We pray for safety, for community building within groups and especially that the life of each student and leader be transformed through hearing, seeing and experience Christ.
So, as you think of Winter Teen Retreats over the next few months, please join us in praying for these students, their leaders and churches that their SpringHill Experience will be all God intends it to be.