We are at capacity for this event and cannot accept any more registrations.

March 17-19, 2023

Mar-Lu-Ridge Retreat Center

3200 Mar Lu Ridge Road 

Jefferson, MD 21755

Leadership event for youth in grades 6-8 

(maximum of four youth participants and one adult leader per congregation)

Come and See!

Lies Christians Have Told Me

Try as we might, Christians have a way of getting things twisted. Sometimes it's about power. Sometimes it's about control. Sometimes it's about keeping things the way they have always been. Sometimes it's about saying something that sounds "nice" even if really isn't.

"Everything happens for a reason." 

"Science and religion are incompatible." 

God hates LGBTQIA+ people." 

"Only Christians can be good people." 

And more.

As leaders, as Christians, we have a responsibility to confront, unpack, and break down such things. And to proclaim the grace and justice of God in Jesus Christ to a church and a world which needs both of them so much.

For youth in grades 6th, 7th, & 8th who are interested in exploring leadership or who adults have identified as having leadership potential. This is a small group centered event, where middle school youth will be grouped with other youth of the same age/grade. 

In addition to the small groups, large group gatherings will introduce the theme progression through worship and music, games will help form this weekend’s community, and service projects will invite youth to apply what they’re learning to hands-on service. 

Registration costs , as listed below, include program, lodging, and meals. Registration closes on March 1, 2023.

The event begins at 7 p.m. on Friday and ends at noon on Sunday. Please plan to feed your group dinner on Friday and lunch on Sunday. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the sleeping arrangements?

Youth, LYO, and adult leaders will be assigned cabins based on congregation and gender. If your congregation is sending a mixed gender group, we prefer there are multiple leaders of different genders to help with housing. If you all are not able to do so, we just need to make sure that youth who do not have an adult of the same gender are housed with an adult leader from another church who is capable and trustworthy.

When and where can I drop off and pick up my child?

Closer to the event date, we will have a finalized event schedule that will tell you the exact time when you can drop off your child on Friday.

What does my child need to bring with them for the retreat?

We will share a full packing list, but your child should plan to bring weather-appropriate clothing and outerwear, including sturdy close-toed shoes (like sneakers). 

How to register

Delaware-Maryland Synod, ATTN: Treasurer, 5699 Meridale Road, Baltimore, MD 21228.

If you have any difficulties with the registration form, contact Deacon Nicole Roop at nroop @ 

Please DO NOT bring checks with you to the event as these can be easily lost during the busy-ness of it!


All youth and adult participants and staff will be expected to:

Adults will be expected to: