Virginia Conference middle school students poured into the Smith Mountain Lake retreat center once again this fall – bringing their energy and enthusiasm with them! After several hours on the road, groups spread out across the campus for free time activities including boating, mini-golf, and a climbing wall. Youth sponsors joined in, playing games of…

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Peyton Erb (left) works in the assembly line putting MCC school kits together. A lot of congregations put school kits together for distribution by Mennonite Central Committee (MCC). But how many produce more than 1,500? That was a recent experience on Sunday, August 18, when nearly a hundred assembly-line volunteers packed a total of 1,562…

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Would you believe that on the weekend of September 22-23 a group of nearly 100 middle school students sat in complete silence for a whole minute? Or that a roomful of sixth-eighth graders would be able to use playdough, crayons, and photos to connect with God? Worship happened in all kinds of new and unexpected…

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Middle school youth in grades 6-8 and adult sponsors are invited from all Conference churches to the Virginia Mennonite Conference Middle School Retreat, September 22–23, 2012, at Smith Mountain Lake. Join us for a weekend of worship, faith stories, energetic activities, and friendship building! The retreat is held at the W.E. Skelton 4-H Educational Conference…

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