Online Worship @ 11 AM
Join us every Sunday at 11 AM on YouTube Live and Facebook Live for an online service that includes songs, communion, a sermon, and more.
Modern Service @ 9:50 & 11:10 AM
Traditional Service @ 8:30 AM
Date: January 14-17
We are so excited about High School Retreat this year! Since it is Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend, we are focusing on justice with the theme “Believe. Dream. Do.”
Our weekend will be broken into three sections—one for each unit of the theme. Here’s what can be expected in each section:
God calls each of us to do justice and to act justly in the world. Justice is rooted in our Christian identity. In other words, we love people and act justly because of our faith. Just like MLK’s words and actions came as a direct result of his faith, our call to justice also comes as a direct result of our faith in a loving God.
For us to move forward with anything—sports, music, art, school, whatever—we have to start with a dream. What is our goal? Where are we going? When it comes to justice, dreams are crucial. MLK’s most famous speech is “I Have a Dream” and it frames out his dream for a more just world. Here, we’ll focus our conversation around the question, “What kind of world do you dream of?”
This is perhaps the most crucial section for the weekend. God’s call for justice includes a call to action. None of these great dreams mean anything if we don’t do something to make them a reality. What can we bring home with us to do justice in our schools, at our church, and in our city?
Our hope and our goal for the weekend is this: God’s greatest call for all of us is to love God and to love people. That’s why our mission at Middletown is to “Live Out the Love of Christ.” When we go through life and see places where people are treated unjustly and unfairly for one reason or another, we are called to bring God’s love into that situation. Loving people the way God loves them is what it means to do God’s justice, and that is what we hope your High Schooler will take away from the weekend.
Meanwhile, we’re going to have a ton of fun!