WHAT IS Winter Retreat?

Winter Retreat is an off campus, weekend event where students can detach from school and their busy lives and enjoy a weekend of fellowship with friends, make amazing memories, dive into the bible, worship the Lord in song, and grow deeper in their relationship with the Lord.  This year's theme is, The Darkness and the Light. 

Have you ever been in a place that’s really and truly dark? A place with absolutely zero sources of light? It’s a little unsettling, isn’t it? We lose context. We become disoriented. And if we’re honest, sometimes we get scared. There is another kind of darkness that surrounds us. It’s not the absence of light. It’s the darkness of a world without good. A world without God. There is darkness. But there is a light, too. And not just any light. It's a light that is overwhelming, all-consuming, and perfectly pure . . . a light that refuses to be ignored. It’s the light of God’s goodness. And it breaks through in the most amazing ways. There is a light that drives away darkness. A light that drives out fear. A light that runs off despair. A light that shines for justice. A light that is comforting, and clarifying . . . A light that saves. The Darkness and the Light, will empower our students to discover how God’s light shines around them, in them, and through them.  “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” - John 1:5

 

WHEN IS WINTER RETREAT 2024?  January 12-15, 2024
Check-in begins at 5:00 pm on Friday, January 12th.
Winter Retreat ends at 11:15 am on Monday, January 15th.

WHO IS IT FOR?  Any student in grades 7th - 12th

WHERE WILL WINTER RETREAT 2024 BE HELD?  Shocco Springs in Talladega, Alabama.

WHAT IS THE COST AND DEADLINE?
Early Registration has CLOSED.
Late Registration begins Sunday, December 3rd at the cost of $275.

*Registration closes on Wednesday, January 3rd, 2024.
Registration includes: lodging, meals, materials, and a Winter Retreat hoodie.  

*Payment is due in full by check-in on Friday, January 12th. 
*Credit card payments can only be made online, when you register online, and will include an additional service fee.
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When registering, you have the option to choose the registration type related to payment method.  

REGISTER HERE:
https://westwood-winter-retreat-2024.pushpayevents.com

Each student is ALSO required to have an updated Medical Release Form on file for the 2024 year.  Click HERE
These forms must be notarized in person. The church office has several notaries available during the week however you are welcome to notarize the form anywhere. Please notarize form before turning in.  We willl also need a copy of your insurance card.  
Shocco ALSO requires a release form to be filled out by each student and adult staying onsite.  Click HERE.

Scholarships are available. Please email Corey Elliott at [email protected] or Noel Steeley at [email protected] for more information.

WHO IS THE SPEAKER?  //Chris Kinsley//
Chris Kinsley is the Communications Director at the Church at Brook Hills. He and his wife, Liza, have been married since January 2002 and have been at Brook Hills since 2001. They have two awesome kids, Story and Haven. Chris is a master storyteller and king of dynamic illustrations when he speaks. We’re excited to have him join us and bring God’s word.

WHO IS THE WORSHIP LEADER?  //Port City Worship//
Port City Worship is a worship collective that is based out of Mobile, Alabama. They love traveling around the country leading people in engaging and Christ-centered worship. We are blessed to have them at this year’s Winter Retreat as it marks the 5-year anniversary of their first ever event as a band, Westwood D-Now in 2018. This year they will be recording a live album at Shocco while we worship! So sing loud!