Thanks for a GREAT Winterfest 2014!
Here are programming links from our “tempted” theme:
Winterfest Schedule: wntrfstsched14
Scripture and Video Bank: winterfest14scripturebank
Marshmallow Video (Friday night large group):
Rob Bell’s Chairs Video (Saturday Large Group)
This Hand (Sunday Large Group)
Winterfest is our annual synod senior-high and young adult event, for youth in grades 9-12, and young adults up to age 24. Typically held the first weekend of the new year, the
event includes large group gatherings with live music, speakers and video, all focused on a central theme. Participants also gather with youth their own age for caring conversation and activities in small groups with leaders trained to help them discuss the event theme and its impact on their daily lives of faith formation. The weekend includes lots of time for fun and socializing, hanging with old friends and meeting new ones, as well as time for worship and prayer.
Youth leaders can gather for continuing education, spiritual nurture, and fellowship with their peers. Youth leaders can gather for continuing education, spiritual nurture, and fellowship with their peers.
This year’s theme, “Tempted” addressed not only the external temptations that we face in our culture, but also the internal temptations that can often erode our relationship with God and with others. We discussed the cultural temptation of focusing on “self,” and how a move from ME to WE, can bring us into a closer relationship with God as we live out our call to be Jesus’ disciples in the world.
Each year youth can look forward to traditional small group conversations with peers, but also the interactive learning modules recently added to the afternoon line-up at Winterfest. In 2014 we welcomed the Senior Coach of ACHIEVEability, Harold Barrow. ACHIEVEability is an organization whose primary mission is to help low-income, single-parent families living in homelessness, achieve self-sufficiency. His story, a story wrought with temptations that led to his own homelessness, is more than a cautionary tale for us all, but story of the redemptive nature of living for the other. Reminded again and again of God’s love for him, the birth of his daughter led to Harold’s life change as he began to make her his priority. His story was a highlight of the weekend. To learn more about the ministry of ACHIEVEability, check them out on the web at http://www.achieveability.org/about-us.html.
Youth can also look forward to many of the fun and fellowship activities that make Winterfest memorable, like inflatable games, Ultimate Frisbee, volleyball and basketball in the Host’s spacious Expo Center, a Saturday evening dance, live music and karaoke, snacks and more.
How to Register for 2015?
Registration website will launch again in June 2014.
Registration is strictly electronic, and we suggest that congregational leaders register your congregation as a group. Collect the information on each of your registrants using the handy “Sample Participants Information Collection Sheet,” that you can download and print below. This year, the form is available in a PDF document, OR if you would like to modify it electronically for your own congregational purposes, download it in a Word file, and modify it to fit your needs.
You may also want to print a copy of the Official Registration Information Packet that contains detailed information on how to register electronically. Once you have everyone’s information collected, go to the registration webpage to begin the registration process. (Look for that new website link in June 2014). Try to have all participants information together when you sit down to begin data entry to dave yourself time later. Once you have registered the group online, print a copy of the “Group Housing Form” also found below, and mail it with a check made payable to the Lower Susquehanna Synod, equal to the number of participants times the $50 deposit. Then you are officially registered.
Questions, concerns, trouble registering? Contact Charlie Roberts, Director of the synod Office for Children, Youth & Family Ministry
Downloadable Registration Resources
- Winterfest Official Registration Information Packet
- Winterfest Group Housing Form
- Winterfest Sample Participants Info Sheet (pdf document)
- Winterfest Sample Participants Info Sheet (Word document – can be downloaded and modified as needed)
- Winterfest Adult Covenant (pdf document)
- Winterfest Youth Covenant
- Medical Release Form