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Be Transformed…SLR 2019

By: Webmaster|Date: Oct 15, 2019|Tags: Plymouth Christian Life


Since 1988, Plymouth Christian Academy has held a Spiritual Life Retreat for its students and staff to set the spiritual tone of the school year as well as connect as a student body and staff in building relationships outside the classroom setting. It is quite an endeavor to intentionally set aside two days (2.5 days for the Senior class) in the classroom to specifically commit the school year to the Lord, but it is well worth it.

The 31st Annual Spiritual Life Retreat was another chance for our high school students and staff to come together in a beautiful, relaxed setting at Faholo Camp in Grass Lake, Michigan, and focus on our Lord. Caleb Middleton, PCA Class of 2009 and Youth Pastor at Shelby Baptist Church in Shelby Township, Michigan, gave a challenging series based on the theme verses for this year, Romans 12:1-2, entitled “Be Different.” Using both Old and New Testament examples, Caleb exhorted the students and staff to refuse to conform to the world by living completely for God. “Living for God means being transformed from the inside-out, so we can live different,” said Middleton.

In addition to the four inspiring sessions and breakout groups (five for the Seniors who arrived a day earlier), the retreat was filled with student bonding activities such as the “Flight from Egypt” Relay, 4-way Volleyball, Teacher Hunt and bonfire/pizza night. Richie Rich, along with Ms. Heath, Rachel Tillapaugh, Dillon Morby, and Isaac Demko, led the worship portion of the retreat, setting the tone for the time spent in God’s Word.  

When asked their thoughts about this year’s Spiritual Life Retreat, Junior Emma Clark (a transfer student from New York) said “It is great experience to get to know students and teachers better. I’ve experienced retreats in the past where it was basically a devotional and then the rest of the time for games. At PCA, the focus is primarily on God with some fun thrown in.” Junior Francesca Barker added that “relationships built with teachers away from the school setting makes students want to learn more and try harder in the classroom.”

“SLR ’19 was certainly one of the best retreats we’ve had as a school,” according to Mrs. Caryn Huntsman. “It was very evident the Holy Spirit was active and present through the worship songs and challenging messages from Caleb. The breakout groups with our staff and students provided opportunities to grow closer to one another and to God. I’m excited to see the fruit that will come from such a worshipful experience.”

Our school-wide theme for the year is “Be Transformed” and we are certainly seeing that transformation for Christ on our campus!

Submitted by Leanne Windle, PCA Enrollment Coordinator

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