Welcome the ongoing blog for the Montreat Youth Conference. Watch this video and keep your eyes on this space for updates, photos and videos July 22 through 28.
FPC Youth lifted their voices through music during Backhome Group Monday night!
An update from the youth from Tuesday and, below that, from Wednesday.
No video from Thursday, which was another awesome day in Montreat! The theme for Thursday was “silent voices,”, and we all enjoyed both keynote and worship that forced us to think critically. We were challenged and learned ways to stand up for the silenced voices. Some of us enjoyed a great hike on Lookout Mountain and we were all entertained by the variety show and magic Matt! We are excited for the last day in Montreat as we wrap up this wonderful week!
We woke this morning to an amazing breakfast provided by our parents. During Keynote we did energizers and sang songs.
We then listened to our very own Erika Funk and Laura Becker preach about a world of difference. The congregation was encouraged to be aware of the lenses through which we view the world. Erika included a personal story about her experiences growing up with her mom, who worked for a nonprofit organization that followed up on police complaints. The story taught us the importance of being aware of our biases that result from our experiences.
After keynote we went to our first small group and each of us enjoyed the experience and playing games and learning new names. Post small group we feasted and played foosball. After lunch we went to small group again but unfortunately the afternoon rec event was rained out. Later we came home and spent some quality time together until dinner was ready. After much suspense, all of the BBQ was gone in a matter of minutes. With full bellies we listened to Billy enthusiastically preach about the Tower of Babel and the similarities we all share to the people who God separated. The major take-away was that diversity is important and that God wants us to appreciate different than us. Looking forward to another day!
– Stuart Ayer, Elizabeth Rayner, Paxton Williamson, Cole Mallory and Anne Carlton