We are involved in several road trips that build our relationships, offer worship experiences, and expose our students to new opportunities. Many of our road trips are perfect for long-time youth groupers or newcomers.
Mission & Service
Missions and service. LYF is involved in 2 mission trips each summer, Knoxville Work Camp for middle and high school and a high school-only trip. Click for more details about this year's trip. We serve Knoxville through Present Hope.
Our events require forms to keep our students safe and protected or to help offer assistance to those who need a little help. Please follow the guidelines spelled out on each form and register for events as deadlines approach.
Why These Events?
Each of our events is connected to at least one of our 7 checkpoints. These activities allow us to serve others, grow in our understanding of God's Word, gather for genuine worship, and laugh and have fun together.
Winterfest is a weekend retreat designed specifically for middle and high school teens. The teachers and guests that come use real life stories, drama, music and scripture to make the Christian walk come alive to the teens involved. Our acappella praise and worship times are uplifting and engaging. Believing that the Christian life can be very joyful, we bring in the best Christian entertainers we can find to challenge teens with their lifestyle and their attitudes.
Winterfest is always the third weekend in February in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Our group always has an incredible time of bonding and worship together. One of the highlights of the weekend is being together in Gatlinburg and at the hotel. We absolutely love our devotional time on Saturday night! Please feel free to bring your friends. $50 deposit is due in early December for early-bird rates. Total cost of the trip is $100 without a T-shirt or $115 with a T-shirt. Chaperone costs are $50. You are officially registered when you pay the deposit AND register online. Limited spots are available. Our group will leave Laurel at 4:30 PM the Friday of Winterfest and return around noon that Sunday. Check out the Winterfest site at www.winterfest.org.
Spring and Fall Retreats
We do two retreats each year and open them up to our middle school and high school students. Our fall retreat is usually in mid-November. At our retreats, our students are taught Bible ideas based around a chosen theme for each year. This fall we are headed to Long View Ranch in Mosheim, TN. Our theme will be revealed Friday night of our retreat.
Spring retreat will be held at a retreat center in the Tellico Plains area. We spend the weekend in an environment in which students are strongly encouraged to be present with each other with beautiful scenery and plenty of opportunities to get deeper into the Word of God. Family chat, a time of confession, celebration, and openness, is an integral part of each retreat.
1nite is an area-wide all-night event that includes youth groups (6th-12th grades) from 6-8 local churches. The cost is just $20 and includes 2 meals, snacks, Icearium admission, and a shirt. The night begins at Farragut Church of Christ at 10:30 PM. While there we will eat snack, play some group games, and come together for a time of worship. Around midnight we will make our way to JumpJam off Lovell Road (11284 Threadstone Ln). We spend two hours there (12:30-2:30 AM), and snacks will be available free of charge. There will also be the option to play board games. After our time at JumpJam, we will make our way back to the Laurel Church of Christ building (3457 Kingston Pike) where we will enter into another time of worship and have the option to take part in laser tag battles, play some awesome group games (including Grog), watch a movie, play black light dodgeball, take part in an escape room, hang out, and close the morning out with breakfast prepared by our all-star volunteers. Everything ends at 7:30 AM Saturday. All student participants MUST complete a Student Conduct Form and a Permission to Treat Form. For 1Nite:Knoxville 2019, all participants MUST also bring a completed JumpJam Waiver.
IMPACT is a summer event at Lipscomb designed to provide an atmosphere for teens that enables the development of a personal faith, which will impact their world for Christ. IMPACT Senior is for 9th-12th graders and IMPACT Junior is for 6th-8th graders. The main focus of IMPACT is Christ. Whether it is through prayer, praise, classes, or the messages of the speakers, IMPACT week has been one that teens cherish. The IMPACT theme is always a mystery till the curtain opens. The theme is developed with varied emphasis on different elements of Christian faith from evangelism and textual studies to spiritual development. Impact Junior ($175) is June 19-22, while Impact Senior ($235) is June 22-27.
Knoxville Work Camp (KWC). It is a cooperative effort of several Knoxville-area youth groups. Students currently in middle and high school are open to participate in KWC. As a part of this week of service, students are divided into teams and work together to paint, do small repairs or construction, reach out to neighbors, do yard work, and various other tasks. KWC normally takes place during the first full week of June. It is scheduled for June 2-6, 2019.
In the past Knoxville Work Camp has included groups from Oxford (MS), Jacksonville (FL), Cookeville (TN), Kingsport (TN), Kingston (TN), McMinnville (TN), Huntingdon (TN), and Tuscaloosa (AL). Housing is provided by the Maryville Church of Christ for out-of-town groups. We begin each morning of KWC with a devotional and wake up activities. A meal is served to work camp participants each night along with worship and reflection of the day.
The youth group takes part in two mission trips each summer. The first is Knoxville Work Camp (see above), a local effort involving several other youth ministries in the Knoxville area.
Our other mission trip is offered to those entering high school (current 8th graders) through graduated seniors. We normally spend every third year on a foreign mission trip and even years serving domestically. In the summer of 2012, we partnered with the Pittsburgh Project. In 2013 we traveled to Tegucigalpa, Honduras and joined with several different ministries there. In 2014 we took a group of 24 (19 students, 5 adults) to serve in New York City with the Center for Student Missions (www.csm.org), an organization that works year-round in urban areas all over the United States. In the summer of 2015, LYF partnered with Camp Barnabas in Purdee, MO. In 2016 we traveled to Tegucigalpa, Honduras and worked with Breaking Chains once again. In July of 2017 and 2018, we partnered with Friends of Refugees and other Atlanta missions in their work for a week. In 2019, we traveled to Lincoln County, WV and partnered with YouthWorks.
We plan to join Breaking Chains in their ongoing efforts in Tegucigalpa, Honduras in July 2020.
Present Hope is a toy shop for families surrounding the Hope Central house. Knoxville-area youth groups partner with Hope Central to allow families the opportunity to purchase toys for their children. As a part of this event, we offer child care so parents can shop in peace, a gift-wrapping station, and a family photograph opportunity. The shop allows parents to buy gifts for around $.20 on the dollar.
Our youth group's responsibilities include setting up and organizing one of the shopping rooms, guiding families through the gift shop, and providing some of the gifts for the shop. Our members are asked to take a red angel from the Christmas tree in the foyer. That angel will provide families with the gender and age of a child. Each supporting family is asked to bring in three gifts for their child, one costing around $25, another priced around $10, and the last priced around $5. Present Hope assisted 15-20 families each of the first two years and 30-35 families 2014-17. 2018-19 around 40 families shopped for their children at Present Hope. The tentative date for 2020 is December 6. If you would like to help us purchase gifts for Present Hope, please contact JT.
End of Summer Trip
We will set and post our plans for the 2020 End of Summer Trip soon. Please call JT at 865-524-1122 if you have any questions.
Click here to fill out a Permission To Treat form and release if we don't have yours on file.
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