We are delighted to welcome you to the Disciples Union Summer Youth Retreat 2023, where we will explore the theme of “Friendships: Bonds that Last” with the aim of helping campers connect with one another and with God.
By providing a safe and nurturing environment and through a variety of fun and engaging activities such as indoor and outdoor group games, Bible teaching and sharing, group meal prepping and cooking, we will be encouraging campers to step out of their comfort zones, connect with one another, and deepen their relationship with God. We believe that the bonds formed at the retreat can be transformational, shape who we are as individuals, and make meaningful connections with our peers.
This camp is open for incoming 5th to incoming 9th-grade students.
Following is the general retreat information.
HOW TO SIGN UP:
Please follow these steps to register:
Click “Download” to download the Summer Youth Retreat Registration Package.
One had the idea to support the moms through weekly prayer group; one had a different idea to meet for devotion on Saturday mornings while another one had the idea to have sisters small group. When the fervent hearts put all the ideas together, the Alameda Fellowship was formed in 2019!
We meet every other Friday night. Enjoying dinner together to wrap up a busy week adds one more reason to TGIF! Dinner is followed by a good mix of activities – studying the word of God, game nights, and discussion of different topics like parenting.
The Alameda neighborhood fellowship has a big heart to bring more to Christ and the church family. We welcome you to join us!
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” When he had placed his hands on them, he went on from there.”
Matthew 19:14-15 NIV
Responding to “let the little children come to me…” marked the beginning of children’s ministry among us back in 1998. We are committed to bringing little children to Christ and supporting our little brothers and sisters in Christ to be disciples of Christ. We pray not only for their growth in stature but also in wisdom and in favor of God and men.
By the grace of God, the children’s ministry turned into English ministry. We’ve grown from Bethany Children Fellowship to Disciples Union which continues to emphasize discipleship as Christ followers.
Currently, the Disciple Union is organized into 4 Disciple of Christ (DoC) groups to facilitate age-appropriate learning and pursuits.
DoC 1 – 4 years old to Kindergarten
DoC 2 – 1st to 4th grade
DoC 3 – 5th to 8th grade
DoC 4 – High School and beyond
DoC 1 and DoC 2
The focus of these two groups is to learn about God – know Who He Is, and our relationship with Him. With fun games and Bible lessons, we meet every Sunday morning from 10:00am to 12:00pm.
As middle schoolers grow in independence, we focus on learning the importance of dependence and reliance on the Almighty through the study of His word.
As we are constantly bombarded with information through social media and other facets, we focus to equip the DOC4ers to not conform to the pattern of this world. Instead, to be transformed by the renewing of the mind to develop a worldview as a Disciple of Christ.
In our Wednesday fellowship and Sunday message, we continue to learn the word of God and its life application of it.
Though there are 4 DoC groups, we also routinely host combined events to enjoy together such as summer fun days and Thanksgiving retreats. There are also many opportunities for the older DoC to help with the younger DoC. We are family.
By the grace of God, we celebrated our 25th anniversary on September 25th, 2022. Thanks to all brothers and sisters who came to share our joy and God’s bountiful grace!
Enjoy this special video dedicated to the 25th Anniversary Celebration, featuring “How Great is our God” trilingual version – English, Cantonese, and Spanish sung by the Oakland Church brothers and sisters!
Glory to God!
Different tongues yet one voice Different languages yet one heart. All for ONE! And all will see how great, how great is our God!