Teamwork by Seattle-area churches is helping youth and leaders connect every Christmas. Lake City PC, Rainier Beach PC, Northminster PC, Seattle Community Church, & Snohomish First PC (North Puget Sound Presbytery) worked together to create "UNITE", a joint youth retreat open to local churches who want to bring youth leaders and students.
"We started this retreat so we could unite youth from all around the Seattle area in the name of Christ and let them know they are not alone in their walk," said HT Lee (Seattle Community Church). "The awesome thing is that youth who went to the same schools but didn't know each other, ended up connecting at these retreats. The Spirit is flowing through these youth and allowing them to grow into the people God intended them to be."
Months of prayer, planning and pre-rally fellowship gatherings led up to the big event. Each church participated in each step of the process. The retreat happened December 26-29, 2013 at Tall Timber Ranch, a picturesque and fun winter get-away in Leavenworth, WA. Pastor Lina Thompson (Lake Burien PC) spoke to 70+ youth. Churches also brought youth group leaders, teachers, parents, and other volunteers for a memorable time of bonding and fellowship. The retreat was funded in part by a Seattle Presbytery grant. If you're interested in joining next year's group, please contact HT Lee.