Reach Didn't Get Canceled, It Just Got Remixed

Although weather forced a cancelation of the actual Reach retreat for Alliance Northwest high schoolers, many youth groups still took advantage of the weekend and saw God at work:

  • Mercer Creek (Ellensburg, WA): “We took the opportunity that the extra snow brought and did a sledding event. We had a good amount of students show up and were able to create a fun environment for students to connect with each other and leaders. We are looking for something in the coming months to contribute to the spiritual transformation that comes with Reach.” – Nick Faucett

  • Snoqualmie Valley Alliance (Snoqualmie, WA): “The crew from SVA Church had a great weekend together and God absolutely moved! On Saturday, our students and leaders shopped at local retailers and grocery stores for supplies to make care packages for people who are living outside in this cold weather in Seattle. We packaged them intentionally and wrote out notes that we prayed over and included in each care package. We then prayerfully hit the streets of Seattle with these packages and went where the Lord led! We worked on breaking through the barriers and comfortability of speaking to homeless people. We knocked on tents and asked about peoples lives and stories and got to pray for many people who were honored at our efforts to make them known and loved!  We then went to a fun dinner in the city and did an escape room challenge all together that evening! Both the students and their parents were amazed at the day and how God used us to tangibly love our community. Though the decision to cancel reach was a tough one, know that our students grew in compassion and living like Christ this weekend because of it! :)” – Baly Botten

Both the students and their parents were amazed at the day and how God used us to tangibly love our community.
  • Compass (Vancouver, WA): “We took our students to Great Wolf Lodge! It was a fun time of community and care.” – Annie Banceu

  • Moses Lake Alliance Church (Moses Lake, WA): “We kept it simple and went to see a movie together. Afterword we got Frosties at Wendy’s and connected over the movie and life in general. I was encouraged by this because these were 3 very different guys at very different places in maturity. But to see them interacting with each other (and dare I say actually getting to some Biblical truth from a secular movie) was a win.” – Tyler Ellis

  • Journey (Tacoma, WA): “The snow has melted up in Tacoma, and while we were bummed to miss Reach, we still enjoyed a great weekend together. One of our Elders hosted us at their family home for movies and pizza on Saturday night. Sunday morning Josh Mann came over from Fox Island and shared the message he prepared for the retreat weekend over breakfast with our high school group. We had a small turnout, but it was just the right group to hear Josh's message, and I was so grateful for the small setting. Monday afternoon we got together to play some archery tag and an escape room. Not what we planned—but still great time together!” – Joel Johnson 

  • Dallas Alliance Church (Dallas, OR): "We did end up doing something that weekend which was really good for the students. We were super sad to not get to be with everyone else, but it was still a blessing to get away for the weekend.  We were able to find a beach house in Lincoln City and took Saturday to Monday to relax and do our own little series on “Recalibrating Our Compass to True North”….Our retreat was by no means perfect and we really missed those small group huddles and tribe times, but overall it was a great weekend." - Miriam Lawson

  • Union Hill (Redmond, WA): "We took our students and went up to Bellingham, where we stayed at a hotel and had fun in the pool, walked around Fairhaven and some parks, and did an escape room together!  We also talked through the first two questions in the list of questions to guide Reach - "What do you want?" and "Who do you say that I am?" We leaders agree it was a really fruitful time." - Lauren Dudugjian