WYS, January 14-16, 2022 • Our first big event is in January — the Winter Youth Summit (WYS)! This is a weekend where church youth groups from across the Southeast come together to worship, learn, and grow at First Baptist Church, Huntsville, Alabama. This event will take place MLK weekend, January 14-16, 2022; registration is open now and can be accessed on our website at www.cbfga/youth/. The theme for this year is: “DWELL — in Me, in Us, in the World,” based on the 84th Psalm. “Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself…Lord Almighty, my King and my God. Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you” (from Psalm 84:1-4).
WYS 2022 will feature the preaching gifts of a dynamic preacher duo, the Reverends Chelsea and Darian Waites. Chelsea and Darian both are graduates of McAfee School of Theology and both serve on the staff of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, which is, of course, the historic home congregation of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Chelsea currently serves as their Associate Pastor for Children and College and Darian serves as their Associate Pastor for Youth and College. WYS happens only every two years, so you will not want to miss out on bringing your group of students in January 2022! NYC
College Mission Experience, March 5-12, 2022 • In March, our college students will have the opportunity to learn from one of our partner field personnel, Lesley-Ann Tommey, by being a part of the Urban Immersion program she has created in New York City. The Urban Immersion program is designed to offer groups a chance to learn, listen, and serve alongside one another in that quintessentially urban environment. The goal is not only to offer volunteer opportunities, but also to challenge participants to ask difficult questions. and explore together how our faith fits into this experience. This opportunity will be open to all college students. Please contact me to find out more information.
MMM, March 18-20, 2022 • March Mission Madness is BACK! We will be back in person serving and worshiping together March 18-20 in Atlanta at Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church. Our speaker this year is James Blay. James is a graduate of Mercer University and McAfee School of Theology and is currently working for PASSPORT Camps serving as their Kids’ Team Coordinator. This year for MMM we will be in one location, one weekend, and I can’t wait to worship together and be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ in Atlanta! Registration will open November 1.
Oasis, February 8-11, 2022 • I am excited to announce that the OASIS 2022 planning team, of which I am a part, is well on their way to planning the next spiritual retreat for youth, college, and children’s ministers, set for February 8-11, 2022! And we are excited that there are new faces at the planning table! We welcome representatives of the CBF Children’s Ministry Network as well as the CBF College Ministers Network to help us expand our retreat to reach all those who minister to children, youth, and college students! Go ahead and mark your calendars for February 8th-11th at Montreat Retreat Center! Our speaker this year will be Rev. David Woody. Worship will be led by our own CBF Georgia partner field personnel Lesley-Ann Hix Tommey and Monica Hix. This is one of my favorite weeks of the year, and I always return from the retreat renewed in my calling.
I am looking forward to this wonderful opportunity to get to know our students and ministers better in our state. Please reach out to me if you have questions about any of these upcoming experiences.