Every year more than 50 students across the state of Florida meet at Camp Sonlight in Summerfield to grow in their relationship with Christ, or perhaps meet Him for the first time. The Winter Retreat is a 3-day event over Martin Luther King Jr. weekend where teenagers have the opportunity to listen to teaching from God’s Word that will impact many aspects of their daily life. 


What should you expect? Attending Winter Retreat means you can count on the following: Biblical applications, plenty of food, competitive games, Worship music, a bonfire, and more than likely some new friendships that could last a lifetime. 


In January 2021, CEF Manasota took 14 students to the Winter Retreat. The theme of the weekend was ‘Unplugged’, and teaching was based on the book 12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You, by Tony Reinke. Students had the chance to learn about some of the pitfalls of social media and smartphone use, as well as some of the benefits. In the end, students were challenged to use technology for the ways it can bring glory and honor to God. 

This coming year, the Winter Retreat will take place from January 14th-16th back at Camp Sonlight. Students will have an opportunity to have increased fellowship and worship times, while still learning about and discussing important issues for the follower of Christ in today's world. If you have any questions about our Winter Retreat, or if you wish to sign up, please contact the CEF Manasota office.


We hope to see you at the Winter Retreat in January 2022!


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