Christian Life Retreat (High School - Day One)


Change of pace. Change of place. Change of perspective. The most impactful week in the life of our student body began on Tuesday, as our high school student body kicked off our second annual Christian Life Retreat locally at Crosspointe Christian Centre. Students and faculty members began their time together with messages from Head of School Kent Harrison and Director of Christian Life John-Paul Burdashaw to offer a glimpse into the events of the retreat. Following the retreat's introduction, the morning continued with a series of team-building activities led by CHS parent, Board of Trustee member, and leadership expert Scott Humphrey. Students were divided into advisory groups and tasked with accomplishing a variety of different assignments to establish trust, build relationships, promote leadership, encourage listening amongst peers, and more. After a time of reflection with Humphrey on what the students took away from their time together, everyone enjoyed lunch, followed by a word regarding servant leadership from Director of Servant Leadership Reba Barnes. Intentional service opportunities were built into Tuesday afternoon's schedule, as the students broke out into their advisory groups to be the hands and feet of Jesus throughout the Dalton community. From trash pick up at local recreation centers, to backyard projects for elderly families, the high school student body truly embraced the opportunity to serve and successfully fulfilled their mission projects. 

Following an afternoon of service throughout the community, students traveled back to Crosspointe to enjoy an outdoor block party, complete with the Varsity food truck for dinner, inflatables, games, music, and fellowship. An incredible worship service concluded the evening, as Crosspointe's team led the student body in a beautiful time of worship followed by a powerful message by Jared Waldrop. Waldrop challenged the student body to consider how each person has been handling the horizon's in life. With the theme of the retreat being FOCUS, he asked the students to reflect on how their focus had been affected over the past several months in particular. He shared that focus is a choice, and each individual has the same opportunity to choose what they focus on. While everything in life craves our focus, whether that be friends, parents, sports, etc., it's a never-ending battle as to what area will fight to receive our focus on any given day. However, what each person feeds on will fuel our focus, and we must choose to pray, obey, praise any way, and let praise pave the way. 


The day was certainly filled with impactful moments and opportunities for the high school student body, and the retreat experience continued Wednesday with our second annual CLR Olympic Games, fellowship, and concluding worship service. Click here to read more about day two of high school's Christian Life Retreat!