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 to expect? Attending Winter Retreat means you can expect 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. 


This past January, CEF Manasota took 14 youth 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. 


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


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