Tylor LongWing was dealing with depression and anxiety when she first entered Springs Community Church in 2013. She went to her first worship service because she was having a bad day and wanted to be with her best friend—and that night she gave her life to Jesus.
Lots of fun things to do draws more than 300 young people to an annual retreat in Wisconsin. The youth pastors who plan and lead the retreat make sure there’s plenty of time to go deeper with God too. The result? A faith-building experience that kids can’t wait to get back to.
For the first 18 years of my life, almost every church event I went to was attended by me and people my own age, many of whom had gone through similar experiences to my own. We were teenagers looking for our place in this world. High school ended and that place had become foggy and unclear.
“The youth in our community really have no place to call a safe haven,” says Patricia Sealy, pastor of Mott Haven Reformed Church in the Bronx, New York. “It’s been a burning desire of mine to have that happen again at our church.”