Sign-ups for service and fellowship events will be rolling out throughout the year., but you can pencil these dates into your calendar now!
ROCK, February 8-10, 2019. Part rock concert, part spiritual retreat, this annual weekend event in Ocean City MD, sponsored by the Baltimore-Washington Conference of The United Methodist Church, is filled with inspiring speakers, bands, and fellowship with youth from across the region. We didn't go last year because there weren't enough sign-ups, but we will be putting out an interest form to see if this trip is viable for 2019. Tickets go on sale in September 2018.
Group Mission Work Camp, June 23-29, 2019 in Scranton, PA for Senior High SPYs, including new rising freshmen. We'll work on home repair projects for those in need, with time for play and prayer. This camp has "semi-private" housing, which means we'll be staying on a college campus in dorm room suites.
Borderlands. June 15-23, 2019 (tentative). Consider this trip a cultural immersion opportunity! Youth Pastor Micah Smartt will be leading a group to his home town of El Paso, Texas, on the border with Mexico. We will learn about the area's history and the cultural & religious influences of the desert southwest communities. We'll visit incredible natural wonders at Carlsbad Caverns and White Sands National Park. And we'll examine present-day issues that are particularly resonant for the people of this region, including conservation, gun control, and immigration.
Wilderness Trail, July 31-August 6, 2019 (tentative). Groups of 8 spend the week backpacking and taking in God's natural world along segments of the Appalachian Trail from our starting point in Virginia. We would like to take two groups, or 16 people. Open to all interested youth and adult chaperone hikers.