Monday, July 27, 2009

Steubenville East 2009

"Yours, O Lord, are grandeur and power, majesty, splendor, and glory. For all in heaven and on earth is yours; yours, O Lord, is the sovereignty; you are exalted as head OVER ALL.” (1 Chronicles 29: 11)

This was the ‘theme verse’ of the 2009 Steubenville East High School Youth Conference, based on the last two words of the text—OVER ALL (or as other translations render it, ABOVE ALL).

The structure of the weekend was the same as always, but the setting was very different this year. The conference was held on the campus of the University of Rhode Island; the talks and activities took place at the Ryan Center, where the URI men’s basketball team plays.

We wondered if this strictly secular setting would have a negative impact on the spiritual experience of the teenagers, but I think I speak for almost everyone when I say that the encounters our young people had with Christ were as powerful as ever! The arena seating (and the great air conditioning!) helped everyone to focus more intently on the talks, skits, witnesses and various prayer experiences.

The food was great, too!

I am happy to say that for many of the teenagers who attended, the words of 1 Chronicles 29: 11 became a reality! They experienced for themselves the “grandeur, power, majesty, splendor and glory” of the God who is OVER ALL and who LOVES THEM ALL with an eternal love!

Here are some pictures from the weekend.
(Click on the images to enlarge.)