LOG retreats take place each fall and spring and are intensive weekends for spiritual exploration and growth. These weekends are experiences of intentional Christian community and encourage youth to open themselves up to the love of God and life in a community of faith, the church. The retreats are designed to be uplifting and encouraging to those already in a relationship with God as well as opportunities for non-believers to be introduced to the Christian faith.
LOG is a very spiritual weekend – very focused on being in relationship to God. Our emphasis is definitely Christian – but not oriented to any particular denomination or church. Roman Catholic participants should be aware that we do celebrate the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper in our worship time.
It is a full weekend – not much free time or recreation – no time for homework etc. And it is a fun weekend – but the fun comes in the sense of community that grows very quickly and the depth of friendships that are formed by sharing these couple of days together. You must be able to stay for the entire LOG weekend.
We sing a lot – pray often – share and listen the most.
You will hear 14 talks over the 48 hours of a L.O.G. weekend. They cover a wide range of topics – all focused around what it means to be in relationship with God and how that makes a difference in one’s life. Most of the talks are given by the teenagers who are on the Team – a couple are given by teens along with an adult advisor.
The talks include such topics as …
- Who Am I, and Why Am I Here?
- Who Am I, and What’s Important to Me?
- Experiencing the Love of God
- Pressures and Influences
- Receiving and Responding to the Love of God
- Relationships: Family and Friends
- Relationships: Dating & Loving
- Christian Community & Worship
- Gifts and Responsibilities / Choices and Priorities
- Keeping What You’ve Found
After each talk, there is an opportunity for you to sit with a small group of people (the same people all weekend) and discuss what was said and how it applies to your personal life.
Following each LOG, you are welcome to commit to serve on the Team and invite your friends to attend the next LOG weekend.
Everything about LOG is designed to give you the experience of being adored – beloved of God. In order to really experience God’s gracious love, we design parts of the weekend to be surprises – undeserved and unexpected. Think surprise – not secret. However, we promise that there is nothing during the weekend that will be done to make you uncomfortable in any way. Trust us that LOG can be one of the best weekends of your life.