Outside of our regular gatherings, we have special events and trips all year long!
In August, we start the school year off with wreck night. We play messy games with shaving cream and ice cream toppings, and then end the night with water balloons and a slip n' slide! It's the official start to our school year program.
In October, we host our annual pumpkin fundraiser! Set up the patch and then staff it over the course of the month. They sell pumpkins to our church and community, and earn "pumpkin bucks" to spend on trips and events. In 2021 we celebrated our 10th anniversary of selling pumpkins!
In November, we attend Pilgrimage, a conference event with amazing music and teaching that is usually held in Rocky Mount or Fayetteville. Later in the month, we celebrate Thanksgiving together with a big potluck dinner!
In December, we celebrate advent and Christmas! This past year, our students participated in the church-wide musical service, and we had an amazing Christmas party with cookie decorating and a white elephant gift exchange.
In January or February, we take a ski trip to Sugar Mountain. This is a weekend away for connection and fun in the winter weather! We also host a Super Bowl party every February.
In June, we host graduation Sunday. We celebrate our graduating seniors during worship and send them off to their next adventure with a brunch gathering and some fanfare.
In July, we end our school year with an all-around favorite: Lake J! We take a 5-day retreat to Lake Junaluska, where we play games, spend time in God's word, and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Last year we went on a horseback riding expedition, had a lip sync battle, and studied our identity in Christ.
This list is far from exhaustive, so keep an eye out for all the exciting opportunities!