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Winter Youth Retreats - New Year's Celebration

December 29, 2019–January 1, 2020


Celebrate new beginnings as we ring in the New Year at Lake Junaluska!  Over three days, participants will enjoy engaging preaching and energizing worship! Lake Junaluska offers incredible winter programming where groups can customize their experience by choosing to ski or do mission work during their time at the lake.

Charlie Conder (Speaker)
Jay Burnam

Speaker:  Charlie Conder (left) is an Orange Student Specialist who coaches youth pastors on maximizing the Orange strategy in their ministries. While she served for a decade as a middle school youth minister in a thriving large United Methodist Church in Atlanta, Ga, she also has a heart for small churches. “Ministry doesn’t have to happen at only mega churches; ministry can happen with three students. I love empowering our small churches because they too can lead change in their community!”

Worship Band:  Jay Burnam (right) was raised where the Bible Belt meets Tornado Alley, Jay Burnam has had a heart for music, and specifically musical worship, since his youth. He’s been a songwriter since he was 11, and a musician for most of his life. Fully aware of the grace he’s received not only from the people in his life, but the God that he serves, he has dedicated years to taking up the mantle of worship and bringing people into an intimate, passionate worship experience.

Event Schedule


4:00-9:00 p.m.                   Check-in, Bethea Welcome Center After 9 pm, check in at the Terrace Hotel.

               Lake Junaluska “Gifts and Grounds” open 9-5 with hot chocolate and coffee.

7:00 p.m.                           Board Games, Shackford Hall, Rooms 13 and 16

8:30 p.m.                           Program and Worship, Shackford Hall

                                          LEADER MEETING: Group Leaders meet with the Director of Programming in Room 11 when prompted.  T-shirts distributed.

11:00 p.m.                         Quiet Hours



7:00 a.m.-8:30 a.m.          Breakfast, Jones Dining Hall

 Group Leaders please remember to pick up your Bag Lunches during breakfast (for those going to Cataloochee or Mission Work) 

8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.       Activity: Ski Cataloochee or Wolf Ridge, or Mission Work

             Lunch at Activity Area (Bag Lunch or pre-paid meal at Wolf Ridge)

5:30-7:00 p.m.                 Dinner, Jones Dining Hall

6:30 p.m.                         Shackford Opens

                                        Optional Board Games, Shackford Hall, Rooms 13 and 16

7:30 p.m.                         Program and Worship, Shackford Hall Auditorium            

11:00 p.m.                       Quiet Hours


Tuesday-New Year’s Eve

7:00 - 8:30 a.m.               Breakfast

Group Leaders pick up Bag Lunches at the dining room during breakfast (except those going to Wolf Ridge which provides lunch).

8:00 - 4:30 p.m.               Activity: Some groups choose to add a ski package. Others explore the local area    or hold their own retreat activities.

5:30 - 7:00 p.m.               Dinner, Jones Dining Hall

7:00 p.m.                         Optional Board Games, Shackford Hall, Rooms 13 and 16

8:00 p.m.                         Program and Worship with Holy Communion, Shackford Hall Auditorium

9:30 p.m.-Midnight          Pizza Party with DJ. New Year’s Eve Countdown, Shackford Hall Auditorium


Wednesday-New Year’s Day

7:00 - 8:30 a.m.               Breakfast, Jones Dining Hall

11:00 a.m.                       Hotel Checkout - Drop keys at Bethea Welcome Center

Call 800-222-4930 to book!

See other program weekends for the Winter Youth Retreats



Wilson Booth, Youth Ministry Specialist