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We laughed, we played, we ate, we sang, we prayed, and each of us grew deeper in our faith. The weekend began with the group arriving to the peaceful retreat at Pine Creek in Gore, VA. We took in the natural surroundings with the Appalachian mountains peeking at us along the horizon. What a blessing for our group of nearly a dozen teenage girls and their leaders to experience!

 

The agenda for the weekend consisted of prayer, two lessons, an inflatable obstacle course and reflection stations designed to encourage the students and make them feel loved. We had a lot of time for fun but the reflection stations were by far the most popular event of the trip.

 

“The retreat was so much fun! I wish we had stayed longer! I loved that I was able to see so many stars at night. I liked doing the stations. It was so peaceful,” remarked Hazel.

 

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By Julia Simerly
Middle School Girls Bible Study leader and Casa Chirilagua Co-Founder

 

When I heard that our Casa Bible study groups were going camping over Columbus Day weekend, I was torn. I wanted to be there for the middle school girls with whom I’ve built relationships over the past year. I knew how powerful this past spring retreat was. We had deepened our relationships and I really wanted to continue down that path with these young ladies. However, camping has never been my forte.

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As leaders, if we are honest with ourselves, we sometimes doubt our effectiveness or the impact we are making. Over the summer, four Casa Bible study leaders have been meeting twice a week with Middle School and High School girls to discuss healthy relationships. After a few sessions, the leaders gathered after a session and expressed concern about the quietness of the group. How can we improve? How can we make the class more engaging? Are we being effective? Are the girls understanding the content? How can we get them to share? These were all questions bouncing through our heads.

 

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Flying through mid-air across 50+ connected trampolines seems chaotic. There’s the landing, the rebound and of course the crowd of people all around! This is all before even trying any flips. In the midst of the excitement lies a certain peace as one floats through the air and defies gravity.

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Casa Chirilagua soccer

Rain, snow, cold, hot — no matter the weather, Tuesday evenings begin with a rousing game of high-octane soccer. Soccer brings goofing around together, camaraderie and competition, and flexing athletic prowess. Then we gather as a group and walk over to Mark’s house to begin bible study. Just like a memory verse and a bible story are part of our Tuesday evening liturgy with the middle school men, so is soccer and pizza. (more…)

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Middle school girls Bible study group

 

Occasionally our middle school Girls Bible Study ends in tears, and the girls look to their faithful leaders to provide comfort, dry the tears, and walk with them through each trial. Two volunteers have committed to Girls Bible Study for the last three years and have walked an incredible group of young woman through their tumultuous years of middle school. (more…)

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Middle School Boys Bible Study

2012 Middle School Boys Bible Study

Over the 2012 summer, Monday Night Bible Study leader recruitment efforts were in full swing. We were cutting it close on time but by September we had assembled a team of leaders for the Middle School Boys Bible study: Matt Hoppe, Austin Clemens, Brad Nelson and Parker Clemens.

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