Armor of God
The theme and message for the 2016 Youth Winter Retreat weekend was Armor of God. Thirty youth and chaperones attended the weekend events, and various members of our congregation joined in the evening worship on Friday and Saturday. The youth served communion and helped lead worship.
Lynne Henneghan of Next Step Ministries and our Elkhorn Hills Youth Praise Team led the worship. This is the fourth year that Lynne has attended our Youth Winter Retreat, and it was a reunion of friendship, fun, and a spirit-filled time.
The message came from Ephesians 6:10
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.
Throughout the weekend, the youth talked about this passage, broke into small groups, and revisited the ways we need to use God’s armor. While the conflict with Satan is spiritual, the passage is quite clear that when we follow all the instructions faithfully, we will be able to stand, and we will have victory regardless of Satan’s strategy. The youth learned about these tools:
- the belt of truth
- the breastplate of righteousness
- the shield of faith
- the helmet of salvation
- the shoes of the gospel
- Sword of the Spirit, and
The Youth spent part of the day Saturday working at Heartland Hope Mission. They helped people shop for food and clothing.
In addition, the youth split into two groups to serve the residents at Elk Ridge Village and Marquis Place in Elkhorn.
The weekend was possible because of so many volunteers. Thank you to the youth and parents who participated in the weekend events by driving, staying overnight, leading small groups, providing food, donating time and money, attending worship, coordinating service work, supporting the youth programs and Elkhorn Hills Church. Of course, thank you to Jenny Louis, EHUMC Youth Director, for your leadership and supervision of this event and for your love of God and our youth. Thank you to Lynne Henneghan for her time and leadership throughout this weekend, but mostly for her love and passion for God and for sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with others.