Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Update from the Grade 12 Retreat

The Class of 2012 had an opportunity to spend a few days together at Muskoka Woods Resort, playing together, praying together and growing together. Here’s a brief synopsis of their time away, provided by Mr. Harris.

There is a clearly a great sense of community being developed in the class. They have also showed themselves to be quite spunky in the face of very challenging weather. Today we went with ‘plan A’ despite drizzle and wet, muddy conditions. And I hate to say it, but this is the nicest weather we’ve seen. The activities included high ropes, low ropes, giant swing, archery, canoeing (Ruth and I were totally soaked after our battle with students this morning on the water – which we won), zip line, hiking, skate park, and hiking. This place is pretty amazing, I imagine more so in good weather.

Our speaker, Robin Bailey, challenged the class to take hold of what God has positioned them for this year. He spoke on the student council theme regarding imitating God, on the spiritual life theme regarding encouragement, and on the challenge Paul gave Timothy regarding not letting “anyone look down on you because you are young.” He was very good and the student break-out discussion groups seemed to go very well. There were times when we know that God was “totally” present and there were many aspects of our retreat that were definitely Holy Spirit driven.

Here are just a few photos taken during the retreat. For more photos, check out the school's Facebook page: www.facebook.com/SmithvilleChristian.

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