Around North Cobb Christian School, next week is lovingly referred to by our staff, students, and families as Retreat Week. This will be our 5th year in a row of taking all of our middle and upper school students on a retreat. We will leave here early on Monday morning with all of our 9-12th graders headed up to The Woodlands until Wednesday. On Wednesday, the 9-11th graders will head back to NCCS late in the afternoon. On Wednesday morning, the 6-8th graders will head to camp. The 6th graders are going to Camp Glisson and the 7-8th graders are headed up to The Woodlands. The seniors will stay for the 2nd half of the week to serve as leaders on both of the middle school retreats. The 6-8th graders and seniors will return on Friday.
I love this model of retreat because it allows all of our students and faculty/staff to get away for a few days and focus on discipleship and worship. The purpose of our retreats always goes right along with our theme verse. This year’s theme verse is from 1 Corinthians 11:1, “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.” We have shortened that a little to challenge our crew to think about what it means when we say “Follow Me”.
Next week will be hectic. It will be awesomely chaotic and full of opportunities to be flexible and compassionate. We probably won’t get a ton of sleep and I feel quite certain that there will be a meal here and there that isn’t a favorite, or an activity that requires us to step out of our comfort zones. However, we have been praying, preparing, and planning for this for several months and we truly believe that God has incredible things in store for all of us. We are begging God to reveal Himself to us in new and exciting ways and preparing our hearts to worship Him and glorify Him for that.
Would you be willing to commit to pray for 30 minutes a day for us next week while we are gone? Maybe you could use your commute next week to pray for the NCCS Fall Retreats. How about that time while you are grocery shopping or out for a walk in your neighborhood? Perhaps you could pray for us while you are cooking dinner or in place of Facebooking. Whatever fits your rhythm of life the best would be a tremendous gift offering on your part to stand in the gap for what we believe is going to be an incredible week in the history of NCCS and more importantly, in His story for each of us.
We will be posting pictures and blog updates as we can so that you can follow along from home. Thank you again for your willingness to intercede for us as we run hard after Christ!