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.  Students will be placed in a host home from Providence Baptist Church with other students of their same age and gender.  At these homes, they will have great discussions led by leaders within the church and community.  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.” 

2020 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!

I hope that you will join us as we unpack this theme and its meanings at REACH 2020! 

How Does It Work?

The REACH Conference operates a bit like a weekend retreat — except you don’t have to leave town!  You’ll be placed with a host home from Providence Baptist Church or stay in your local church with other students of their same age and gender.  At these homes or churches you’ll engage in Bible-based discussions led by leaders within the church and community, down-time goofing off with your peers, some home-cooked meals … and perhaps even a little bit of sleep at night. Groups then come together for large-group worship (featuring live, engaging music) and Bible study sessions.

What Does It Cost?

Registration fees for this year’s conference have been set at $50.  At a price that low, what’s keeping you from registering right now?!

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 13th. Third is a volunteer waiver that each person must fill out for Samaritan's Feet (see below) for our mission project Saturday afternoon. 


Friday, March 13, 2020 Saturday, March 14, 2020 Sunday, March 15, 2020

6:30pm – Registration/ Check-in begins
6:30pm – Dinner @ PBC
7:30pm – Session 1
9:00pm – Breakout Session 1
9:30pm – Dismissed to Host Homes
10:00pm – Small Groups
12:00am – Lights Out

7:30am – Breakfast at Host Homes
8:00am – Small Group 2
10:00am – Session 2
11:00am – Breakout Session 2
11:30am – Lunch
12:00pm - Mission Project
5:00pm – Free Time
6:00pm – Dinner @ PBC
7:00pm – Session 3
8:45pm – Breakout Session 3
9:15pm – Dismissed to Homes
10:00pm – Small Group 3
12:00am – Lights Out

8:45am – Breakfast in FLC
9:00am – Grow Groups
10:30am – Worship
12:00pm – Parent Pick-up


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

Mission Project

Each year, we try to give students an opportunity to partner with local organizations that help spread the love of Christ in our area. This year we are partnering with Samaritan’s Feet.  Samaritan’s Feet is a Charlotte-based organization that aims to share the love of Jesus by providing shoes as the foundation for a spiritual and healthy life.  Samaritan’s Feet believes that a new a pair of shoes and the act of foot-washing can:

  • Provide a tangible foundation of hope and the opportunity for a better life.
  • Prompt children to focus in school and families not to worry.
  • Protect feet and decrease the possibility of getting a foot-borne disease.

Since its founding in 2003, Samaritan’s Feet and its partners have distributed over 7 million pairs of shoes in 108 countries and 395 U.S. cities.

On Saturday afternoon we will be going to their offices and volunteering in their warehouse, 1836 Center Park Dr. Charlotte, NC 28217.  We will be preparing and packaging shoes that will be shipped literally all over the world!

What to Bring

Here is what you need to bring for REACH Conference!

  • Bible
  • Pen and paper
  • Clothes
  • Sleeping bag and pillow
  • Toiletries/washcloth/towel
  • Snacks and a 2-liter drink to share at your Host Home
  • Excitement and a positive attitude, expecting God to do  great things this weekend!

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 help with registration Friday night; meal preparation and serving on Friday  and Saturday; and some flexible support staff at each conference session to fill in wherever needed.  Click here to volunteer as a member of our event staff.

Host Homes

Our REACH Conference host homes are a vital part of one of the biggest events we have all year in student ministry.  The weekend is built around a student conference with local known communicators and worship leaders.  However, we believe it is in the homes that the application of what is being taught takes place.  We would love for you to be involved in the conference!  As a host home we are asking you to open up your home to 8 - 10 middle or high school students plus 1 - 2 trained college leaders (Small Group Leaders).  This group becomes your "adopted family", of sorts, for the weekend.  
Click here to register as a host home.