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Senior high youth and IYC retreat - February 3-4, 2018 at Henry Fork COB
Junior High Youth Retreat - March 2-3, 2018 at Camp Bethel
senior high youth - faithquest retreat
The FaithQuest retreat is for high school youth in grades 9-12 who want to explore their relationship with God. FaithQuest is an opportunity for youth to share and learn with others and journey together on the road to a deeper spirituality and commitment. Be on the lookout for the next one.
SR. YOUTH & JR. HIGH SUMMER CAMPS AT CAMP BETHEL…
Camp Bethel has a variety of camping options for youth in grades 6-12. Adventure camps, Resident camps, and volunteer opportunities at 540-992-2940 or at <www.campbethelvirginia.org>.
Virlina Events are organized by CONNECT! Check out the Facebook page to stay up to date on upcoming events.
SEPTEMBER 30, 2017 --- SAVE-THE-DATE!!! The annual spiritual retreat will be held at Camp Bethel in the House of Pillars on Saturday, September 30. Additional information will be available in April including theme, leadership, and activities. The Spiritual Development Retreat Committee will be sponsoring this retreat.
Pilgrimage XXII will be held March 16-18, 2018, at Camp Bethel. Pilgrimage is a spiritual retreat for adults of all ages, and God is working through this ministry in wonderful ways. The structure of the weekend includes talks, small groups, fun times, inspiring worship services, and much more. God knows where we are on our spiritual journey, and He meets us right there. Whether you need peace, or joy, or forgiveness, or encouragement, or hope, or revival, or a little extra time with Him...He gives more than we even desire. It is difficult to put into words how wonderful the weekend is. The only way to truly understand what Pilgrimage has to offer is to experience it! Prayerfully consider if this is your year to attend. If you would like more information, go to <www.experiencepilgrimage.com> or contact Karen Haynes at (336) 765-5263 or <email@example.com>.
The Church of the Brethren has long valued the practice of serving others. If you are interested in helping with local projects, or traveling with others to work on rebuilding projects, contact our district's coordinator, Jim Kropff at <firstname.lastname@example.org> or 540-761-8671.
Projects vary from rebuilding/repairing homes and other buildings, to assisting with childcare in shelters where displaced persons are living. Skilled and unskilled volunteers are all welcome!
This event is held yearly on the first Saturday in May. In 2017 that will be May 6. The District Board Commissions provide workships for this annual gathering. Contact the District Resource Center with questions.
As one of the Historic Peace Churches, the Church of the Brethren seeks to build community based on peace rather than violence. Our district holds yearly events to draw attention to how people are working for peace in our local communities.
Check back for more information regarding events and how we can work together to share God's peace with others!
When it gets cold outside, many folks in the Roanoke Valley are not able to heat their homes. Project WARM seeks to help folks out by providing firewood to families in need. Interested in helping? Volunteers are always needed to help cut, split, load and deliver firewood to families in the Roanoke area. Contact Marc Wilson at <email@example.com> for information about deliveries and scheduling.
Read the article that was featured in the Salem Newspaper here!
The Virlina District seeks to build and maintain relationships with other denominations on a regular basis. For more information about these opportunities, see the following links:
Together with the Shenandoah District Church of the Brethren, Virlina works to equip ministers with the best training. The Christian Growth Institute (CGI) is accredited by the Brethren Acadamy and provides those who are pursuing the set apart ministry with a training option when seminary or TRIM is not possible. For more information, contact the District Resource Center.
About the Program
The Institute's program of study is designed to be completed in four years. Here are the required components:
Orientation: This is a one day event to introduce the program to students.
- Old Testament Survey
- New Testament Survey
- Introduction to Theology
- Ministerial Leadership and Administration
- History of the Church
- Beliefs and Practices of the Church of the Brethren
- Introduction to Pastoral Care
- Biblical Interpretation
- Teaching and Learning in the Church
- Written Communication (Writing)
Portfolio: This is designed to help studetns with their minitry goals. Quarterly meetings with a mentor will aid in this.
Practice of Ministry Days: Students are required to participate in 3 Practice of Ministry Days, which are held annually, and cover a wide range of topics spoken on by guest speakers.
Ministry Formation: 3 spiritual formation retreats are required to help students develop and learnd about the spiritual disciplines.
Supervised Ministry Experience: This is still in the works, but the goal of this will be to allow a student to benefit from an on-site ministry experience under the direction of an experienced pastor.
Broader Church: Students ae required to attend at least one Church of the Brethren Annual Conference, one district conference, and a significatn ecumenical, interfaith or intercultural event.
Calling the Called is held every so many years by the Virlina District. During this event people gather to hear the call stories of many pastors and other church leaders. Participants are challenged to seek God's call for their own lives in ministry as God's servants.
To watch the video from the previous event and get more information, click here: Calling the Called 2012 Promotional Video
Calling the Called: DISCERNMENT, DISCIPLESHIP, DIRECTION – APRIL 20-21, 2018
Calling the Called: Discernment – Discipleship - Direction, is an event jointly organized by the Shenandoah and Virlina Districts. It is an intentional time away from the routine of life for persons to discern what it means to be called by God to the set-apart ministry.
Whether you are someone actively exploring the possibility of ministry or someone unsure of God’s calling this will be a helpful time of discernment and discovery.
Come and hear personal call stories, come and wrestle with biblical call stories, come and learn about the process of entering the set-apart ministry in the Church of the Brethren. Come for worship and fellowship; come and discover what it means to be a people called by God.
Calling the Called: Discernment - Discipleship – Direction will be held beginning at 5 p.m. with registration on Friday, April 20, 2018 through closing at 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Camp Bethel. The cost of registration is $50 per person which includes lodging at Camp Bethel, meals, classes and materials. CEU’s will be available for ordained ministers at $10 extra.
Of the Church of the Brethren districts, Virlina has been the most successful in church planting. We currently have four fellowships that continue to be nurtured by the district: Blacksburg, Iglesia del Buen Pastor; Floyd, Iglesia Cristiana Renacer; Moneta, Lake Side; and Roanoke, Iglesia Cristiana Renacer. Find our Roanoke City fellowship, Iglesia Cristiana Renacer, on Facebook!
MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR A SPECIAL RETREAT: New Church Development Committee Intercultural Retreat will be held at the Smith Mountain Lake 4-H Educational Conference Center on October 20-22, 2017. Details will be forthcoming.