Tim Palmer’s Messages From Refuge
To bring something that the youth will enjoy whilst experiencing closure to God like never before, and thus, the idea of Refuge was brought to life. It is an opportunity for the Junior High youth to enjoy a meaningful yet exciting weekend that’s suited for those wishing to indulge themselves in the best that we have to offer. Besides, who doesn’t like to get away from the ever eventful school life for a while? This is their chance to relocate their hearts, minds and souls where they should be focusing – on God, devoid of any distractions of daily life. Refuge is absolutely open to youth in grades 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th. During the event, they will be taking part in all sorts of activities – from worship to small group/large group games, from zip lining to hiking and from horseback riding to cliff hanger swing – Refuge has something for everyone!
Refuge is the first event of the ACCYM year and is generally held at the beginning of November. It’s held at Shepherd of the Ozarks, a beautiful and rustic retreat center located in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains. The event is for 6th-9th graders and is a great opportunity for youth to be introduced to the connection of ACCYM events. During the weekend, youth will participate in worship several times that provides an engaging and revitalizing worship experience. On Saturday, the youth will be able to enjoy being away from the busyness of life at home and school by enjoying a variety of activities including hiking, the Cliffhanger swing, the ropes course, horseback riding, the petting zoo, basketball, volleyball, disc golf, and more. Some activities are free while others will have an additional fee. Youth will also break into groups by grade level to get to know one another better, play games and reflect on what the speaker has shared in worship.
Refuge, in all its essence, IS a refuge from a busy, challenging world, and indulgence into the pure, beautiful experience of God’s grace. This event will be held at Shepard of the Ozarks, the retreat center located at the heart of Arkansas. Refuge is just one of the milestones on the road to strengthening our people’s faith in Jesus Christ. Our vision is clear, just like our hearts. And we believe that success comes to those who believe. We believe in Christ, and we believe in the power that he has invested in us; we must then help make this world a better place. Join us in our venture to do so!
Shepherd of the Ozarks is a year-round 460 acre Christian Conference/Retreat center located in the heart of the Ozark Mountains in Arkansas.
Shepherd of the Ozarks has a variety of cabins with beds for 6 to 80. Each cabin will hold one gender and will have youth from the same church staying together. The adults will stay in the cabins with youth, but will have beds reserved so as to not share beds with youth or need to sleep in a bunk bed. All sheets and towels are provided by the retreat center.
Shepherd of the Ozarks has limited cell coverage but does have wifi available in some areas. It’s a great way to disconnect from the hussle and bussle of life and reconnect with God, your friends and yourself.