Retreat Ministry for youth has been a successful offering for Side By Side since our beginnings. We have hosted retreats for as many as 500 youth and as few as 10 at a time. Some of the best work in youth ministry takes place when you can break the routine of everyday life with young people and help them to experience the sacred through meaningful experiences of prayer, worship, community, and reflection. Our retreat themes work to capture the attention of participants with practical messages, meaningful opportunities for community, and inspired experiences of prayer and worship.
HIGH SCHOOL THEMES: Discipleship, The Deep End, True Story, Life In The Spirit MIDDLE SCHOOL THEMES: Discipleship, Masterpiece, Community of Christ
DAY RETREATS Day retreats typically last about seven hours. These are great options for churches that want to help build community with their group but can’t get away for an entire weekend or for an overnight retreat. Day retreats include Side by Side bringing our ministry team in to lead mixer games, community building activities, a testimony from a team member, two faith messages, small group sessions, music, and prayer service experience.
EVENING RETREATS Evening retreats typically last about 3 hours and are great options to supplement your regular Youth ministry, Faith Formation program, or Bible study groups. Evening retreats include a mixer, community building activity, music, a talk, a small group session, and a closing prayer.
OVERNIGHT RETREATS Overnight retreats are well planned and developed to serve the churches we work with and can vary greatly in length from one night to a full weekend. We typically have several mixers and community building activities that help to bring your group together and get your youth and leaders engaged in the retreat. We also typically have about four “big group” sessions that include music, fun games, and a speaker followed by small group sessions. The pinnacle of our extended retreat experiences is a time of prayer that calls participants to consider their relationship with God.