A number of events are offered in 2019 for youth and young adults in the Church of the Brethren: Christian Citizenship Seminar (CCS) on April 27-May 2, Young Adult Conference on May 24-26, and National Junior High Conference on June 14-16.
Christian Citizenship Seminar (CCS) takes place April 27-May 2 in New York and Washington, D.C. The seminar provides high school-aged students the chance to explore the relationship between faith and a particular political issue, and then act from a faith perspective. “Creative Solutions to Violent Conflict Worldwide” is the theme, focusing on innovative approaches to resolving conflict and preventing civilian harm. Churches are strongly encouraged to send an advisor with youth, even if only one or two youth attend. Churches are required to send one advisor for every four youth. Registration is limited to the first 60 participants. The $425 fee includes event programming, lodging for five nights, two dinner meals, transportation from New York to Washington. Participants will bring additional money for most meals, sightseeing, personal expense, and subway/taxi fares. Go to www.brethren.org/yya/ccs .
National Junior High Conference is June 14-16 at Elizabethtown (Pa.) College on the theme “Strong and Courageous” (Joshua 1:9). Register by March 31 to take advantage of the “early-bird” fee of $180 per person. Starting April 1, registration increases to $210 per person. A non-refundable deposit of $100 is required within two weeks of submitting an online registration. The conference is for youth who have completed grades 6 to 8 and their adult advisors. Go to www.brethren.org/njhc .
Jan. 25 is the opening day to register for Young Adult Conference on May 24-26 at Camp Blue Diamond near Petersburg, Pa. The theme is “Enflame Us with Your Love; Empower Us with Your Spirit!” The event offers people ages 18 to 35 a chance to enjoy fellowship, worship, recreation, Bible study, service projects, and more. Registration costs $150 and includes food, lodging, and programming. Upon request, the Youth and Young Adult Ministry will send a letter to your congregation asking them to provide a $75 scholarship. Make scholarship requests by April 1. Scholarships are available to current Brethren Volunteer Service workers. A non-refundable deposit of $75 is due within two weeks of registering. Go to www.brethren.org/yac .