Fall Retreat 2019

H2O Kent’s Fall Retreat was this weekend.

We worshipped together with music and biblical teaching, of course. But also with quiet time for individual reflection… And a riverside Baptism celebration… And casual conversation in the Dining Hall… And team competition on a big grassy field.

Our annual H2Olympics always create some great photography opportunities, with each of our Life Groups decked out in their colors.

The H2O Fall Retreat is a key turning point for our ministry, as we transition from our beginning-of-the-year intensive outreach activities to the routines and rhythms that will sustain us for the rest of the school year.

And it’s a key turning point for individuals, too. The baptism celebration is a particularly visible example of this — but it’s really just the tip of the iceberg. I’ve been praying that this weekend would serve as a launching point for steps of faith, development of relationships, and decisions about vocation that will play out for years to come.

What’s craziest to me is that all of these elements I’m describing and all of these pictures I’m posting happened within a span of just sixteen hours! I missed the last six hours because I had to get back to Kent for my kids’ Homecoming festivities. Still, so much happened in the time that I was there that it felt like a very full weekend.

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