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Get Away to Go Deeper

November 21, 2017
By Scott Olson & Kara Hiday

Each fall our Junior High and High School students go on a retreat at the beginning of the school year. The 7th and 8th grade retreat is hosted at Twin Rocks Camp and the high school retreat is hosted at Canby Grove Conference Center. God always moves in a significant way as we spend time together and gather under His word.

“Our retreat began with Mrs. Peterson speaking on 'The Lies of the Enemy vs. Who We Truly are in God’s Eyes.”' What we thought would be a 45 minute session went well past 2.5 hours!

Students spent those two hours revealing lies that they believed about themselves and then others spoke positive truth and heaped love on each person to replace the crazy lies we choose to believe. We took turns praying over one another. The night was so powerful! We were able to walk away free of so many things we had believed about ourselves before the night. They set them down and chose truth!

I have heard these comments from the students, “I feel like I am so much closer to all my friends now that we have opened up and shared such deep things” and “I want to have retreat every week so we don’t lose the bond that we created!”

Retreat was everything and more than we had planned. God showed up in every moment.”

Kara Hiday
Middle School Dean of Students


“The students and staff at Horizon enjoyed the opportunity to dig deeper into our Core Value of People. Relationships are at the core of all we do at Horizon and the retreat was no different. The Student Body officers led various activities that brought students of various grades, genders, and friends groups together with one another in ways that made for new friendships to flourish. From the insanity of the team board game challenge to the prizes awarded for the small group Jenga battles, the retreat was full of laughter and entertainment.

Our retreat also serves as an opportunity for us to dig deeper into our faith. Through two amazing chapels, students heard from the mouths of the teachers they love how impactful a positive relationship can be in their lives. The second Chapel was students pouring out stories of how much relationships have changed their lives and how Horizon was at the heart of all of it.

Scott Olson
High School Dean of Students