Weekend on the slopes builds stronger youth connections

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Mountaintop experience: Some of the Shred It crew on the slopes.

Youth and young adults from across Australia recently gathered for “Shred It”, a weekend of worship and snow-sports, on July 26-29.

Hosted at the Adventist Alpine Village in Jindabyne (NSW), attendees enjoyed skiing and snowboarding together at Thredbo and Perisher resorts on Friday, Saturday night, Sunday and Monday, as well as various nature-based activities, and worships and workshops hosted by Wahroonga Adventist School teacher Chris Starrett.

“I really enjoyed the sense of community and authentic discussion among the youth and young adults during the spiritual workshops,” said Mr Starrett.

The theme for the weekend was “Made For More”, with talks focused on learning to understand your spiritual gifts and talents in order to grow and move into unique ministry opportunities.

First time attendee Joshua Hacko, from Wahroonga Adventist Church in Sydney, was surprised by the strong sense of community he experienced over the weekend.

“Making a trip together down from Sydney and spending a weekend in nature brought us closer,” said Mr Hacko. “We waited for each other [on the slopes] and it surprised me how much of a team-building activity it was, with everyone lending a hand and helping out the first-timers, and the group becoming stronger for it!”

Experienced snowboarder Jess Richardson, from Canberra National Church, has now attended Shred It four times.

“I keep coming back because it’s an amazing opportunity to get away and spend time with God,” she said. “Also, there’s nothing better than shredding with your friends in God’s creation.”