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Covecrest is more than a retreat center and summer camp. Covecrest is a community of Catholics committed to transforming teens, transforming parishes, and transforming culture. Will you join us?
Hidden Lake is home to an incredible Catholic community, gorgeous views, welcoming meeting spaces and so much more. Dedicated to leading teens closer to Christ, we hope you'll be welcomed home to Hidden Lake soon.
Realizing the limits of many social and safety guidelines, we know one area that might be affected is retreat ministry. Though the typical retreat experience might not be possible, we still believe it’s worth the effort to create something reminiscent of these powerful opportunities to encounter Jesus. This fall we want to partner with you to create a moment of encounter for your teens through Vision, a virtual retreat focused on seeing Jesus in the midst of life’s journey.
The Youth Minister’s Retreat is designed to help you renew your personal walk with Christ, connect with fellow youth ministers, and spend time in the beauty of God’s creation this fall at Camp Hidden Lake in Dahlonega, Georgia. You can expect to experience engaging talks, encounter God through the sacraments, and have time for personal and communal prayer. All youth ministers – both full time and volunteer – are invited and encouraged to attend.
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A Virtual Life Teen Retreat on Seeing Jesus
There’s a big difference between seeing and recognizing what it is you’re looking at. That clarity can be the difference between trust and fear, freedom and guilt, and even life and death.
As 2020 rolls on, your teens have seen the first fruits of a culture of death. Countless images of division and destruction flood their curated feeds showing them more than any eye – or heart – should ever have to see, let alone bear.
But Hope has never been far off. With each step, Hope has walked with them. Though blurry and unknown, they just have yet to recognize Him, and will soon see the light that shines before them – they will see Jesus.
Ministry must go on. Regardless of season or circumstance, your heart stirs to find new ways to lead teens into a life-changing moment with Jesus. You know that once they see Him as He is, everything changes. The struggle is worth it, and we want to support you in that effort.
Realizing the limits of many social and safety guidelines, we know one area that might be affected is retreat ministry. Though the typical retreat experience might not be possible, we still believe it’s worth the effort to create something reminiscent of these powerful opportunities to encounter Jesus.
This fall we want to partner with you to create a moment of encounter for your teens through Vision, a virtual retreat focused on seeing Jesus in the midst of life’s journey.
Registered group leaders will receive a more in-depth guide to the retreat, but here’s a sneak preview of the content:
View Retreat Schedule
We have designed this virtual retreat to be adaptable to as many parish situations as possible. You can choose to gather your group to participate live during the retreat weekend or you can gather at a later date – whichever works best for you! The retreat sessions will be recorded and available to registered groups until Dec. 31, 2020.
While it is recommended that you gather your teens in person for the fullest experience of this virtual retreat, we do understand that some areas of the country are still facing COVID-19 restrictions and may not be able to gather their teens locally at their parish. Parishes in this situation should set up virtual methods (such as Zoom or Google Hangouts) to journey with their participating teens throughout the retreat.
Our production team will be working hard to get the session recordings online and available to you as soon as possible. We expect each session to be posted on the retreat platform approximately an hour after the session is completed. Session recordings will be accessible to registered groups until December 31, 2020.
We have designed the schedule so that there is a lot of flexibility for individual parishes during the local portions of the event. This way, you have the ability to modify those aspects according to what is pastorally best and logistically feasible for your group!
Unfortunately, this event is not open for individual registration. The only way to participate is to be registered as part of a parish group. We’d be happy to let you know if any parishes from your area are registered. Just email us to ask!
This retreat is exclusively available to parishes with a current subscription to Life Teen, Edge, or Purpose. If you don’t subscribe, we’d love to talk with you about how we can support you through our resources! For more info on subscriptions and to chat with a member of our team about it, click here.
If you are local to the area and interested in bringing teens to camp to attend the retreat in person, please contact Amanda Grassi at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss the possibility of doing so.
Please contact our team at email@example.com with any additional questions you have.