July 5, 2018
“Being an Outsider”
By Pam Bentley, Director of Family Ministry
Being called an “outsider” isn’t typically a compliment or something a teenager aspires to. But at the reCHARGE youth retreat at Skycroft last week, sixteen Galilee teens (and three adults) learned that being an outsider can be a good thing. It is, in fact, a great thing.
As followers of Christ, we sometimes feel like outsiders in this world, but we have much to look forward to as citizens of heaven. This was the message for our youth throughout the week, inspiring them to rely on God, remember His commands and live by them, and share His message with the world.
This theme was woven into everything we did – and we did A LOT! The best part was that our group of bonded as a strong team, especially while serving together at Centennial Memorial UMC in Frederick, MD. We stocked shelves in the food pantry and removed old carpet from their sanctuary.
It wasn’t all work, of course. Our homebase, the Skycroft Conference Center in Middletown, MD, was full of fun activities. The teens wore themselves out playing Gaga Ball, 9-Square in the Air, and paintball. Evenings were spent singing karaoke, eating ice cream, and playing UNO at Hebrews Coffee House. We grew in our faith by sharing experiences during Church Group Time and rushing to the stage to sing and dance with the worship band. It was camp, so of course we made S’mores at the fire pit. And boy, did we relish developing strategies each afternoon for Color Wars games—our team, the Purple Team, came out on top. We won!
Heading up the mountain at the start of the week, we prayed for God to meet us there. And coming back down from the mountain, it was clear that He did. Outsiders we are, but outsiders together!