Dear Pastors and Youth Leaders,
We regret to inform you that the ECY Spring Retreat has been cancelled. This comes in response to the urging of many health officials to limit exposure to large crowds. Due to the impact that Spring Retreat has on our students, we do not take this decision lightly. We certainly appreciate the South Central District leadership team who worked hard to put together this meaningful event.
Even though this event, and many other youth gatherings, are no longer happening as usual, we believe our God is still big enough to reach our teens. We are hoping soon to make available resources on our website that may be helpful for your youth ministry. Be on the lookout for such a resource.
We also regret to inform you that Ohio Christian University has cancelled their LEAP Conference, a youth ministry training opportunity. They are hoping to reschedule that event if schedules line up for all who were involved. We will keep you updated on that possibility.
We understand these are confusing and difficult times to navigate. We are praying for our churches as challenging decisions re being made in the coming weeks. In these moments, may we reflect on the verse from Psalm 46,
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though the Earth gives way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.
In our own unique ways, we are each experiencing things that are out of our control. May we take comfort in knowing that while we only see what is immediately before us, God sees all!
General ECY President