Rhythms of Renewal Youth Leader Retreat

April 4–7, 2024
Sorrento Retreat and Conference Centre
Sorrento BC

As you continue to accompany young people on their spiritual journey in this post-pandemic era, we recognize that how you minister continues to grow and expand. It is a more holistic approach attending to the spiritual, mental, physical, and social well-being of those you minister with and alongside.

At times the question of, “Am I doing enough?” emerges. Rhythms of Renewal is a response to this question. Giving yourself time and space to sit with God in the beautiful retreat setting of the Sorrento Retreat and Conference Centre, in B.C. with others who are involved in Youth Ministry in the Anglican Church and Evangelical Lutheran Church across the nation will build connections and revive you and your ministry in unanticipated ways.

Come: be quiet, nourished, and rejuvenated, strengthening yourself to step back into ministry. You are a generous expression of God’s love and by that so is your ministry.

Date:  April 4 -7, 2024 (Arrival in Kelowna by 3pm on Thursday, April 4, departure around noon, or after, on Sunday, April 7)

The retreat starts with dinner on April 4 and ends with lunch on April 7. A full schedule will be emailed to participants the week before the retreat.

Location: Sorrento Retreat and Conference Centre, Sorrento, British Columbia

The Sorrento Retreat and Conference Centre is on the traditional and unceded lands of the Secwépemc First Nation.

Leadership: Our Retreat Leader will be the Rev. Marnie Peterson. She has extensive experience in leading groups in reflection and action. We will also be joined by Kathie MacDuff, Associate Director of the Sorrento Retreat and Conference Centre, who will offer some creative time to help participants reflect. Having these two leaders with us will be an absolute treat for the body, mind and soul.

As with our annual Youth Leader Gathering, we are inviting one Youth Leader per Diocese to attend. On-the-ground costs (transportation, meals and accommodation) will be covered by the General Synod. Travel to Kelowna will be the responsibility of the Diocese or Parish. If participants need to arrive or leave before or after the travel times mentioned above, extra accommodations, meals, and transportation will be your responsibility.

If a Diocese wants to send more than one Youth Leader we will consider applications (given even representation from Dioceses across the country).

The full costs of sending a second Youth Leader will be the responsibility of the Diocese or Parish. If you are unsure if you are the person for your Diocese, please reach out to your Diocese or to Sheilagh McGlynn.

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The deadline for receiving applications is March 14, 2024. Please DO NOT book travel until your participation has been confirmed by Sheilagh McGlynn, Animator for Youth Ministries. Space at the retreat is limited, so we want to ensure there is balanced participation across the country.

Youth Leadership 2024

Matthew 10:40-42


40 “Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. 41 Whoever welcomes a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and whoever welcomes a righteous person in the name of a righteous person will receive the reward of the righteous, 42 and whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple—truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward.”

John 15:12-17

12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15 I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing, but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name. 17 I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.

John 21:15-19

Jesus and Peter

15 When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.” 16 A second time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Tend my sheep.” 17 He said to him the third time, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter felt hurt because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” And he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep. 18 Very truly, I tell you, when you were younger, you used to fasten your own belt and to go wherever you wished. But when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will fasten a belt around you and take you where you do not wish to go.” 19 (He said this to indicate the kind of death by which he would glorify God.) After this he said to him, “Follow me.”

Luke 11:33-36

The Light of the Body

33 “No one after lighting a lamp puts it in a cellar or under a bushel basket; rather, one puts it on the lampstand so that those who enter may see the light. 34 Your eye is the lamp of your body. If your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light, but if it is unhealthy, your body is full of darkness. 35 Therefore consider whether the light in you is not darkness. 36 But if your whole body is full of light, with no part of it in darkness, it will be as full of light as when a lamp gives you light with its rays.”

Matthew 8:1-4

Jesus Cleanses a Man

8 When Jesus had come down from the mountain, great crowds followed him, and there was a man with a skin disease who came to him and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” He stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing. Be made clean!” Immediately his skin disease was cleansed. Then Jesus said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”