Covenant Presbyterian Church – Athens, GA

Opportunities For Transformation (OFT) Youth Program

Transformational experiences meaningfully impact one’s life, providing a deeper sense of purpose, joy, and gratitude.

In addition to regular weekly gathering during the school year, times are set apart designed to facilitate Opportunities For Transformation for the youth and youth leaders of Covenant Presbyterian. The generous congregation allocates a significant portion of the church budget to make these opportunities affordable. Thus, in 2018 the cost sharing allows for students and their parents/caregivers to pay just 35% of the total estimated cost for each experience. In addition to this cost sharing, students are responsible for assisting with an annual fundraiser, the Lasagna Lunch, as a way to contribute to these experiences. Cost will never be prohibitive. If any student needs assistance, please speak with the youth director. Transformation awaits.

OFTs for 2018

Lasagna Lunch

Sunday, January 7th. This is the major youth fundraiser for the year in which youth help prepare a lasagna meal for the congregation. DeLynda and Hank Tweedell are the coordinators for this year’s sale. Contact them for questions or to help volunteer.

MLK Weekend Lock-In – “Drum Major Instinct”

Martin Luther King, Jr was inspired by a biblical image of peace and unity between people and with the Earth. He defined his work as that of overcoming militarism, materialism, and racism. Sunday evening we will get together with youth from Oconee Presbyterian for a lock-in.  The next morning, we will join the Athens Area MLK Day of service and serve in our community.

  • January 14-15
  • Open to all middle and high school youth
  • Athens Area
  • Cost: $10/student
  • Sign up with full payment by January 7

Winter Retreat – “Beachside Spirituality”

A focus on beach contemplative practices and action. As we grow in relationship with our Creator, we will consider our relationship with Creation, the effects of rising sea tides, acidification of oceans, fishing practices, and coastal wildlife. Walk the beach, campfires, meditate/yoga on the beach, explore ossuary on south end of island, bike, bird watch, visit Turtle Center, putt-putt, soccer, rope swing, worship with Jekyll Presbyterian church community.

  • Three days and two nights of camping on the Jekyll Island Campground.
  • February 17-19, 2018.
  • Open to all middle and high school youth
  • Jekyll Island, GA
  • Space is limited
  • Cost $58.70/student
  • Sign up with full payment by January 14

Frozen Chosen Cup

The annual Frozen Chosen Cup is a friendly competition between area Presbyterian youth groups. Events include tests of Bible knowledge, teamwork, singing ability, agility and overall sportsmanship. 2014 was inspired by the Disney movie Frozen. 2015 saw youth compete in “Minute To Win It” themed games. This year, water will inspire.

  • April 8, 2018
  • Oconee Presbyterian Church

Montreat Youth Conference – “Lift Every Voice”

Located in Black Mountain, NC, just outside of Asheville, the Montreat Youth Conference is a truly unique opportunity for students to worship God, study the Bible, and make friends with youth from across the region. Days include a keynote address, small group time, service, recreation, and worship. During free time, youth can explore the beautiful campus, go rock hopping, sit by Lake Susan, and hang out with new and old friends.

This year we will share the GA Lodge with Covenant Presbyterian, Augusta Youth.

College students may attend and serve on Work Crew if space allows. For more information about the Montreat Youth Conference, visit www.montreat.org.

  • June 3- 9, 2018
  • Available for rising 9th grade through just graduated from high school
  • Lodging: GA Lodge
  • Space is limited
  • Cost $205.48/student
  • Sign up by Jan 14th with $100 deposit

Middle School Conference – “ya’ll are mine”

Located in the heart of Virginia’s beautiful Shenandoah Valley, Massanetta Springs is a place where middle schoolers will experience God’s grace and hospitality.  We will join with Middlers from First Presbyterian, Athens, for this shortened week of Christian formation, including hands-on experiences, conference-wide recreation, unique workshops, theme presentations, and worship. Hundreds of youth come together every summer for this special middle school conference in a beautiful place.

  • June 21-24, 2018
  • Open to youth who have completed 6th-8th grade
  • Space is limited
  • Cost: $161.7/student
  • Sign up by Feb 11 with $100 deposit

Summer Mission

Details coming soon.