The National Junior ACRY Presents: The Fall Encounter at Camp Nazareth – A Weekend of Faith, Fellowship, and Fun

Monday, October 2, 2023

JOHNSTOWN, PA  --- [Diocesan Chancery]  The National Junior ACRY is thrilled to announce the upcoming youth retreat, the Fall Encounter, set to take place at beautiful Camp Nazareth from November 10th to November 12th, over the Veterans Day weekend. This spiritually enriching event promises a mini Camp Nazareth experience, providing a special opportunity for young individuals to grow in their faith, engage in fellowship, and have a memorable, fall-themed adventure.

The Fall Encounter is open to all youth interested in exploring their Orthodox Faith and building lasting relationships in Christ. Come and experience a Christ-centered, joy filled weekend in the picturesque autumn landscape of our beloved camp. Over Veterans Weekend, there is no better, no more important place for your child to be than at the Fall Encounter at Camp Nazareth. The National Junior ACRY offers sponsorships for those who may require financial assistance, ensuring that this transformative experience is accessible to everyone who has a desire to be there.

Participants can expect a captivating weekend filled with engaging activities that resonate with the spirit of fall season. The retreat will focus on the theme of "living eucharistically," encouraging attendees to lead lives empowered by the presence of Christ in the Eucharist within them.

The retreat's central message is to inspire young individuals to carry the essence of the Eucharist into the world. It encourages them to embrace a spirit of thanksgiving to God for the many blessings they receive and to become representatives of Christ in the world. Participants will be encouraged to see their fellow brothers and sisters in Christ through the compassionate eyes of Christ himself. Ultimately, the retreat aims to cultivate a profound sense of gratitude for all that God gives to us and to view the world and our lives as precious gifts.

The Fall Encounter promises a full schedule of events, including:

Worship and Spiritual Growth: A series of uplifting liturgical services and discussions to deepen the understanding of the Eucharist's significance in the Orthodox faith. Educational talks and activities will offer guidance on how to integrate the Eucharistic spirit into daily life. Full Camp Experience: The Fall Encounter offers our children all the excitement and spiritual growth of whole week at camp over the course of one weekend. Fall-Themed Activities: Outdoor adventures and team-building exercises that capture the essence of the season. Fellowship and Camaraderie: Opportunities for participants to connect with fellow Orthodox Christians from around the country, forging lasting friendships. Service and Outreach: Practical workshops on how to engage with the community and make a positive impact in the world including the making of “Jared Boxes” as gifts for children in local hospitals.

Registration for the Fall Encounter is now open, with a cost of $110 for the entire weekend. For those in need of financial assistance, sponsorships are readily available. This retreat promises to be a transformative experience for all attendees, fostering spiritual growth and lasting connections within our diocese and the greater the Orthodox Christian community.

Don't miss this opportunity to embark on a journey of faith, gratitude, and self-discovery at Camp Nazareth's Fall Encounter. To register or learn more about this event, please  Click Here or contact the camp directly at (724) 662-4840

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The National Junior American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Youth (ACRY) is a dynamic youth organization dedicated to fostering spiritual growth, building community, providing opportunities for young Orthodox Christians to deepen their faith, and prepares them for a life of service in the Church. Through a range of events, the Jr. ACRY empowers young individuals to live out their Orthodox Christian Faith in meaningful ways and make a positive impact in the world.