Our towns, schools, and even churches are full of young people being taught by society that the world is just a place to exist until the end of their days. They are spending those days without hope or any sense of true purpose — completely unaware that ultimate hope through the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ is freely available!  Shouldn't someone tell them?  That's what the REACH Student Conference is all about.

What is REACH Conference?

REACH Conference is an exciting weekend of fun, games, music, and small group Bible study for middle- and high-school students.  Because of COVID-19, this year’s conference will look a bit different than in years past.  For example, we will not be placing students into host homes.  But we will still have the same amount of fun and spiritual emphasis!  Our goal is to help students know who Jesus Christ is and what he has done for us.  We want students to grow deeper in their faith with Jesus Christ.  Finally, we want students to own their faith enough to understand the need and the urgency of the Gospel and to be able to share it with others.

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”  — Acts 1:8

“One Church, Serving One God, Reaching the World for Christ.” 

2021 Conference Theme:  "From Head to Heart"

Many of us know about the concept of God. Big. Powerful. Some might say he is Creator, but for many, that is as far as their knowledge goes.  Others might know all the right "church-y" answers about God, Jesus, or the Bible, but even then, are hesitant to go deeper into what they really think or believe about God. This year, we are going to focus on what it would look like if we allowed the things we know about God to not only fill our minds but also flood our hearts. Knowledge about God is good and important in a relationship with Him, however, our knowledge about God should not just stay in our heads, but it should transform our hearts as we allow the Gospel to take root in every aspect of our lives. Imagine what your life would look like if every ounce of your being was surrendered to Christ because of his death on the cross for you? Imagine what it would look like for you to allow the love of God to move from a general head knowledge about God, to a real and personal heart knowledge of the saving power of Jesus Christ! Imagine if your love of God moved from your head to your heart!

How Does It Work?

The REACH Conference operates a bit like a weekend retreat — except you don’t have to leave town!  This year, because of the COVID pandemic and the related policies that Providence Baptist Church has in place, our conference will look a bit different than normal.  Students will still participate in large group worship experience, small group discipleship, and fun activities, but everything will take place at Providence Baptist Church.  Students will not be staying in host homes overnight, and we won't be hosting any group meals at the church.  These necessary measures have been put into place for the safety of your students and our event staff.

What Does It Cost?

Registration fees for this year’s conference have been set at $25.  At a price that low, what’s keeping you from registering right now?! Please register on or before Wednesday, March 10th so conference leadreship and staff can plan accordingly.

Registration deadline is Wednesday March, 10th

Below you can download all of the necessary forms for the weekend. The first is a conference schedule detailing the event and locations. Second is a Medical Release Form.  We require that students participating in off-campus activities have an annual Medical Release Form filed with the Church Office.  This form provides important medical information and serves to protect both your student and the church in the unlikely event of an emergency medical situation.  If the student is under 18 years of age, this form must be notarized.  For your convenience, we will be organizing opportunities for you to meet with a notary here at the church. A notary will be available at Check-in and Registration of the Conference on the 12th. Third is a volunteer waiver that each person must fill out for Samaritan's Feet (see below) for our mission project Saturday afternoon. 

Schedule

Friday PM – March 12

6:45pm – Registration/ Check-in begins
7:00pm – Small Group 1
7:30pm – Large Group 1
9:00pm – Breakout Session 1
9:30pm – REACH Conference Olympics
10:00pm – Dismissal

Saturday AM – March 13

9:00am – Small Group 2
9:30am – Large Group 2
11:00am – Breakout Session 2
11:30am – REACH Conference Olympics
Noon - Dismissal

Saturday PM – March 13

7:00pm – Small Group 3
7:30pm – Large Group 3
9:00pm – Breakout Session 3
9:30pm – REACH Conference Olympics
10:00pm – Dismissal

 
Small Groups – A short devotional/hang out time with a small group of grade- and gender-grouped students to prepare their hearts and minds for worship and teaching during Large Group sessions.  These small groups will pray, read scripture, and hang out together before each session.
 
Breakout Sessions – A time of application based on the Large Group teaching aimed at fostering community as students apply the lessons to their lives.   Students will again be grouped by their grades and genders.

Speakers/Leaders

Speaker: Nate Garrett

Nate Garrett is a youth evangelist with a passion to live out 2 Timothy 2:2, "And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others."  In other words:  to make disciples who make disciples.  Nate uses humor, truth, and object lessons to communicate to teens and adults on their level.  Nate understands that the need to reach teens is urgent, as statistics show that we are losing close to 90% of students in college.

Website: www.insidenateshead.com
Twitter & Instagram: @insidenateshead

What to Bring

Here is what you need to bring for REACH Conference!

  • Bible
  • Pen and paper
  • Face mask — per church policy, these must be worn at all times while indoors on campus
  • Excitement and a positive attitude, expecting God to do great things this weekend!

Safety

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are taking the following extra measures to ensure the safety of everyone participating in REACH Conference:

  • Everyone must wear a face mask which covers their mouth and nose while inside any Providence Baptist Churuch facilities.
  • Social distancing measures (such as alternating pews in the Worship Center, keeping adequate spacing during small groups and breakout sessions, etc.) will be in place across campus.
  • Every student will need to complete a Medical Release Form and have it notarized to participate.
  • The Worship Center and any rooms used for small groups and breakout sessions will be cleaned and sanitized after each use.
  • Bathrooms will be cleaned and sanitized between conference sessions.
  • No meals will be offered on campus.  Doing so allows students to maintain proper distancing and keep their masks on at all times.

Volunteer Opportunities

The success of REACH Conference is strongly influenced by those volunteers who work — sometimes behind the scenes, even  to make it a reality.  Below are a few different ways that adults (parents of the conference attendees or otherwise!) can have a huge impact on this event through volunteer efforts.  If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Evan at evansmith@pbcharrisburg.org.

Event Staff

We will need specific help with registration Friday night as well as some flexible support staff at each conference session to fill in wherever needed.  Click here to volunteer as a member of our event staff.