I have been a youth leader for over 5 years now, and have enjoyed going on a few retreats.  Our church has a lot of new youth leaders and Rob & I are the old farts of the group (literally, Rob’s the oldest).  We wanted to be able to allow the kids to get to know us and have some time to get to know them.  A weekend retreat was a great way to do it.  We have about 35-40 kids (they did not all come to the retreat), but it was a great blessing to spend time with the 16 that did come!

The food was so delicious, each leader gave their testimony on different days, we had morning devotions, we had a nerf gun war (so fun), went on a hike, played games, worshiped God, and lacked sleep.  It was honestly the best youth retreat I’ve been on (including the ones I went to as a kid too. . .so I’ve been to a lot of them as student and leader).  People cried and prayed for one another, we were able to unite a lot, and it was a beautiful experience.  The leaders were able to grow more as a group too.

I hope you enjoy some of the photos from our time together. I have so many, and it was tough to choose my favorite shots.

Tim N. leading worship

This is Kelly, one of the leaders.

Leaders Megan and Kelly

Leader Jenn on the left (I haven’t been saying the names of the students, as you can see)

Youth Director/leader Bobby discussing things in the Bible with students

Rob & I – The Old Farts (one of the students took the photo of me, She actually does really beautiful photography regularly)

Leaders Tim K. & Bobby as well as Drew, Megan, & Kelly in the background

Leaders Rob and Dan

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  1. Hallelujah! It looks like you all had a wonderful time. As a youth, I was never allowed to get so involved with a church and go on youth retreats (my parents were afraid I would become a holy roller, which is what I did anyway – lol). But, as an adult, I took my own children on many youth retreats, and I always got just as much out of them as the youth did.

    Also, as an adult, I LOVE to go on spiritual retreats with my friends. They are always a time of refreshing and an opportunity to minister to others, which I absolutely LOVE doing. 🙂 Thank you for sharing your pictures and your thoughts about your youth retreat. It brought back some wonderful memories, and gave me a longing to go on another retreat soon.

    Many blessings to you.

    In Christ’s Love,

  2. What a great time with God and his people! I agree with Cheryl, this brings back a lot of youth leader memories.

  3. That last photo of the guys is so fun. Looks like everyone had a great time and that’s awesome of you two to volunteer! Sounds like a totally awesome activity together that would bring you two even closer but also be awesome role models for those kids. I remember in HS how great I felt just hanging out, talking to people a decade or so older (older but still hip haha).

    • There are certainly some kids who talk to us who are over a decade younger than us, so this is good to hear. I always prefered being around older people rather than those my age when I was a teen. I wasn’t very normal or average though, so I don’t know if that’s what teens like to even do. It is fun and does bring us closer. We love working together and doing projects together though. . . also supposedly something couples normally aren’t into?? Thank you for the encouragement!

  4. This looks exactly like the ones we used to have with our youth before my hubs took a Sr. position. Fun times indeed – I will admit, I miss retreats like this. That’s awesome that you’ve been a youth leader all these years. Kids today definitely need every day men & women with a strong character and values to look up to.

  5. This is so awesome! I used to go on retreats as a teenager and it seriously was some of my greatest memories. I think that’s so cool that you’re involved in a youth group 🙂



    Southern (California) Belle

  6. Sounds like an awesome time! I love all of the photos! The detail ones are the best, but I also love the facial expressions in that last one! What goofs 🙂


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About Victoria / Justice Pirate

Victoria. Anabaptist, Wife of Rob, Mom of two boys, minimalist, quilt maker, Resources Adviser/Social Media Manager for anti-human trafficking awareness organization Justice Network (justice-network.org).


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