Here’s the fourth and final part of my blog posts about our youth retreat. I apologize for posting it so late, I was pretty busy with school work these past few days. So without further ado, let’s begin…
One thing I love about youth retreats (especially ones that involve multiple churches) is the unity that it brings to the group(s). I feel so sad when I hear about people leaving their church family due to conflicts within it. This makes me sad because in Romans 12: 5 it says, “So in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.” If we are called to be one church, one body, why are we so separated? Why are people getting hurt by their own family?
One thing I want to talk about is friendship. Not only did I find friendship at this youth retreat, I also met “Friendship” (the name of one of the churches attending the retreat). The amazing thing about their youthgroup is that they were not very cliquey and my youthgroup felt so comfortable around them. On the Saturday night, a large group of representatives from both our youthgroups sat together and just sang and worshiped as one. Then at breakfast the next day, our tables were next to each other and one of my youthgroup members playfully turned one of their leader’s chairs around so that he faced our table. One of the Friendship youth members then turned the leader’s chair back around. I of course took the diplomatic approach and placed him sideways between the two tables (as a joke). I never imagined that the following step would go in this direction. The Friendship youthgroup pushed their table up against ours so that we all sat together as if we were one and the same youthgroup (talk about friendship eh? Get it “Friendship” shows friendship? Badum crash… OK bad pun)!!
I think this is a great image about what the WHOLE body of the church should look like. Unfortunately, at the youth retreat not everybody bonded together. Looking around the room during a worship session, you would see all the different youthgroups sitting amongst themselves. During free time, lots of people were in their rooms where they spent time with people from their own church. I brought this up as a concern for future youth retreats, and I found out that I wasn’t the only one that felt this way.
To conclude, I want to challenge all of us to be that body of Christ that Jesus wants us to be. I hope this song encourages you to help make that difference, no matter how small it is, to help bring the church together as one body; because united we are strong.