In 2010, a group of Conference staff and youth ministers from Living Waters and Northern Waters presbyteries of Toronto Conference gathered to plan the first of many confirmation retreats. The retreats received funding through the Mission & Service Vision Fund, which offers financial support to new initiatives in youth ministry. Monies that were received subsidized the accommodation and meeting space as well as program supplies.
In 2015, the confirmation retreat became Conference-wide. Our support of youth ministry through the Vision Fund has grown this program over the years.
The retreat offers youth an opportunity to gather for a time of learning about A New Creed through art, games, discussion, and worship. One youth who walked in was overwhelmed by the group. "At my church I am the only youth!" he exclaimed, "Here, I am not alone!"
Through your gifts for Mission & Service many youth can come together for faith exploration and create friendships beyond congregational borders.
Thank you! Please join me in making Mission & Service giving a regular part of your life of faith.