Hope Youth Retreat


It has been 3 years since our last Winter Camp, but by God’s grace, we are back on for January 2023. PRAISE THE LORD! The purpose of these retreats has always been: a unique weekend out of the normal routine of life, looking to God in His word, being with His people, worshiping our Savior, and an increasing awe and love of Jesus. By God’s grace, He has used these weekends in powerful ways over the last eighteen years to save, move and transform the lives of hundreds, maybe even thousands of students (eternity alone will reveal the fruit). Our goal and desire is to stay faithful and trust the Lord. “It is the Spirit who gives life” (John 6:63a).

This year, as we head back to Muskoka, our theme is PURSUE. John 17:3 “And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.”

Knowing Him then means going after Him: PURSUE HIM! 1 Chronicles 16:11 says “Seek the Lord and His strength; seek His presence continually!” Proverbs 8:17 “I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me”. What an awesome motivator to PURSUE HIM. So this year at Winter Camp we are going to take a closer look at what it means to PURSUE or to seek after the Lord, that we may know Him.

The reality is that we live in a fast paced world, filled with so many things that steal our attention, love, passion, time, and focus. The problem becomes that we fail to seek and PURSUE the Lord as we should. Nothing on this earth compares to knowing God and living for Him as He deserves (Romans 8:18), so why don’t we do it? We all have our own answers, but at the core of our excuses is sin, lack of passion, ignorance, and perceived inability.

These weekends in January, we want God’s word to inform and strengthen us. Our prayer and hope is that students (and leaders) will come away equipped, encouraged, and energized to PURSUE the Lord. Over the course of the weekend, we will focus on what it means to PURSUE His: PRESENCE, POWER, PASSION, and PROVISION.

So, come expectant, come faith-filled, come for a great time with God’s people, in His word, and in worship and come ready to hear from the Lord. God loves you, He wants you to know Him, and He wants you to PURSUE Him, so let’s learn together how to do that better.

Dates: January 27 to 29. 

Cost: $250

We do not want the cost to prevent anyone from attending, if this is an issue for you please email our Youth Coordinator (youth@hopeottawa.ca) and we will see how we can help. 



Email youth@hopeottawa.ca with any questions you may have.