CHICAGO, IL (October 22, 2010) – Attendees to the Feast next year will have an opportunity to experience “PLAY … for the kid in all of us!”
That is the theme for the gathering slated for June 25-28, to take place at the YMCA of the Rockies camp in Estes Park, some 65 miles northwest of Denver.
Early registration is now open and informational materials, including bulletin inserts and fact sheets, can be downloaded.
“The Feast is not just a three-day gathering,” says Marti Burger, a member of the planning team. “It is an opportunity to begin developing new practices and engage in fresh experiences that people can take home with them and make a regular part of their lives.”
Intergenerational learning and worship is one of the foundations for the Feast. There will be separate activities for children, but also plenty of opportunities for people of all ages to interact with each other.
Organizers hope the Feast will help attendees consider how they can pursue similar objectives in their respective congregations. “Children are not the church of the future – they are the church now,” Burger observes.
“The world is always separating us,” she notes. “We need to be asking how we can interact together – how do I learn from a 72-year-old and an eight-year-old?”
The days will begin with Awakenings, opportunities for quiet reflection or gathering in groups to participate in different spiritual practices. Workshops, worship and other activities are slated throughout each day.
Worship also will take place in the evenings followed by Afterglow, a time when people can gather at campfires across the campus and share how God has been moving in their lives during the day.
Afterglow represents another of the core values of the Feast. Learning from speakers and workshop leaders will be valuable experiences, but hearing from each other also will enrich the lives of participants, Burger says.
“It is not just about learning from experts about how their life was changed – and so you should do it this way, too,” Burger says. “It’s important that we hear from each other.”
Still, great speakers from different backgrounds and experiences are planned:
- Eugene Cho, pastor of Quest Church, a multi-cultural Covenant congregation in Seattle
- J. Wilson Herrera, director of Christian Formation with an emphasis on Hispanic congregations within the Department of Christian Formation
- Jeff Mazzariello, spiritual formation pastor at Marin Covenant Church in San Rafael, California
- Peter Sung, director of church planting for the Evangelical Covenant Church
- Lauren Walter, a freshman at Azusa Pacific University and a member of DeerGrove Covenant Church in Palatine, Illinois
- Camille Russell Wooden, pastor of Abundant Life Covenant Church in Pasadena, California