727 Harvard Ave, Swarthmore, PA 19081
Middle School Conference & Retreat
In The Words of Some of Our 2016 Participants:
What We Did and What We Learned
This week has been a very special experience for me. Today was
a great day in particular. Massanetta is a tremendous place to make friends,
and have a great time. Today, we had an extremely fun time at a large outdoor extravaganza; it had everything from a slip 'n slide to a station that gave you crazy hair “don’ts.” Each day we have two keynotes, which are like mini church services with energizers, songs and dances. This morning, and all week we discussed a particular bible verse about when Jesus came to Simon and told him to dip his nets in the water for a catch, even though they had been fishing all night with no luck. But when they dropped their nets where Jesus told them, Simon and his crew caught so many fish that the boat was filled. Simon dropped to his knees and said, “go away for I am a sinful man.” Afterwards we discussed the worldwide problem of self-isolation, which is what Simon did. Sometimes it is extremely difficult to share such deep emotions, but several people shared their stories. It was an extremely valuable and difficult topic to understand, but although it was emotional, it was very meaningful.
Normally when you go to the same camp for three years in a row, it gets a little old. You do the same things. Hike, swim in a lake, and sing songs around a campfire. Not Massanetta. Every year is different because every trip brings new people, friends, and events into your life. Every year brings a new generation of kids, and with those kids come new ideas, thoughts. A sense of comfort is established in a place far away from home. A place where people can let go of their feelings.
The energizers we do four times a day are guaranteed to lift your spirits. The keynotes (another word for sermon) are engineered, and fine-tuned to appeal to around 250 different middle school students. They teach faith in a new way using things like videos, and skits to keep us involved, and engaged. Each day we spend over three hours in our Encounter groups. These are groups that help a group around ten learn more about each other, and their lives. And with each Encounter group comes an “enabler”. These are the people who lead the groups, and activities we do. And each year we package over 10,000 meals (that comes tomorrow) for hungry people. There is a saying that John has told us many times. “Each day at Massanetta is equivalent to two real days.”
Summer 2017: "All Together Now!"
Tuesday, July 11 - Friday, July 14
Click here to view and outline of the workshops available and download the registration form & covenant: Massanetta 2017
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