On December 2-3, 2017, seven Coming of Age (middle schoolers) and their seven mentors attended our first COA Retreat of the year. During the retreats, the children get to watch a movie, have ice cream sundaes, and partake in four workshops that focus on: their beginnings (Stardust), their community (Coral), the beauty within them (Geode) and the legacy they wish to leave behind (Fossil.) During these retreats, the youth are in charge of making and cleaning up breakfast for themselves and their mentors, as well as returning the church back into better shape than they found it. In this way, they help learn where things in the church are housed, how to use the equipment (dishwasher, vacuum, etc.). Much fun was had by all! Our next retreat will be in early February!