If you missed it, or would like to hear the recordings again, here are the recordings from this past weekend's virtual Youth Weekend Conference.Link to recordings
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
We have been praying for this year's Summer Youth Conference and wanted to provide an update. With the Lord firmly on His throne, we will not be hosting a Summer Youth Conference this year. Not only has the Lord supplied His Word abundantly, but He also gives us abundant time to unite His Word with Faith. To exercise, experience, live out and work out, and more importantly to work it deep into us. Perhaps this is the Lord's reasoning for a sabbatical.
We do thank brothers and sisters for their past and ongoing support for the youth through prayers. May the Lord really get what He is after during these times.
SYC AdministrationHebrews 4:2 For indeed we have had good news preached to us, just as they also; but the word they heard did not profit them, because it was not united by faith in those who heard.
Brothers and Sisters,
Since Longwood University notified us that all summer conferences would be cancelled this year, we have considered several options for the 2020 Christian Family Conference before the Lord.
We have previously posted on the CFC website the possibility of a virtual conference with livestream messages and possible virtual fellowship and prayer groups. Later, we sent out an email requesting prayer for the Lord's will concerning the possibility of just having our speakers provide online messages concerning the burden we believe is from the Lord - "I am doing a Great Work". We stated that we would let you know our decision as things became clearer.
As we have been praying before the Lord and hearing from different ones, we have concluded that there will not be a virtual conference or messages provided regarding the burden.
However, we do believe strongly that this burden is from the Lord for this hour we live in. In view of that we will wait before Him for the possibility of this burden being next year's theme, if He should tarry, and if that is His will.
We thank you all for your prayers, participation and support that has made the CFC possible for His service.
In His Hands,
Usually we don't get a chance to sing this hymn. Probably because of the length... 7 verses spanning 3 and a half pages of our hymn book. But since we all have time now, it might be good to mention what a beautiful hymn this is. I wonder if our brother wrote this during his time in prison.
The hymn describes his yearning for our Lord, and for Him to return.
I remember when I first learned this hymn, I could not sing the words, "Yet day by day and year by year I've waited..." - stopping because I knew it was not true in me. And thinking I could only sing, "Yet today and just today I've waited". How sad that made me feel. I didn't want to sing words that were not true of me to my Lord. It was to my shame that I could not sing these words.
At the end of a Lord's Table meeting at a Family Conference, I remember thinking that "I have not yet laid my eyes upon this Jesus who I am remembering!", and these verses from the hymn resonated in my heart: "Despite Thy joy, there still remains a sigh; When I feel most content, the silent yearning... To see Thee face to face becomes an uttered cry."
The Lord has awakened a longing for Him to return. Slowly, as it became real the day by day turned to week by week... and week by week became month by month, until today I realized He has changed it to year by year. So often we are so discouraged at the beginning and forget how faithful He is.
To countless tears and countless fervent pleading, by Thine appearing haste to make reply. Oh may Thou come, the echo of the ages, Come, come and answer now this mighty corporate cry! Has this time being still awakened a yearning for His coming again?Acts 1:9-11 New International Version (NIV)
After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight. They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. "Men of Galilee," they said, "why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven."
Wed, Apr 29, 2020, 7:35 AM
YWC 2020 is Back! New Date & Registration
We hope that you are all staying safe and doing well. We want to give thanks to the Lord that after much prayer we have been given an opportunity to still be able to host the conference this year. The conference will be held on May 23 - 25 and it will be hosted virtually.
We know that the format is different and new, but we hope that we can still gather together as brothers and sisters and have worship with the Lord together and to fellowship on the topic of walking with the Lord.
The messages will be livestreamed and recorded to everyone who is registered but if you would like to participate in the discussion group please mark the boxes on the registration forms. The last day to register will be May 10th and the amount of room we have is limited so please do not delay in registering for the conference.
The schedule and the registration is available on:
Andrew, Colin, Leon, & Timothy (2020 YWC Coordinators)
Subject: Sign's of Life series through the Gospel of John (online youth meetings for this season)
Hey youth workers & parents!
We've been huddling together on zoom with the Richmond youth recently, reading the word, and praying together with our little crew here. But after weeks of that, and requests from some others to join us, we prayerfully thought it best to do something more purposeful and invite any youth who would like to join. The details are all over this site: youthcrew.org (and attached).
We'd love to have help, we'd love to coordinate, and if you're busy with what's going on locally there, we'd love to pray for each other. We're burdened for our youth in Richmond as well as all over. We share this burden with you.
If you're working with a group and would like to join in, you could still lead your local group in the discussion and prayer after the short word. We especially do not want to replace anything happening on a local level. Now is the time when our youth need persona shepherding attention. And if you'd rather use this as a side option that they could tune in and watch the messages, that is okay too. We have discussion questions for each time and feel that if it's possible to have some fellowship after the word, it's the best.
Peace to you,
Geoffrey & Katherine (with the Richmond youth crew)
John 4:23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in the Truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.
John 4:42 They said to the woman, "We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world."
Daniel 6:10 Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days.
Do you find it interesting that before the COVID-19 restrictions were set in place, we studied God's word on a matter of someone who was also placed under restriction? The firm decree was that whoever petitions any god or man for thirty days, except king Darius, was to be cast into the den of lions. It is wonderful that the Lord prepares us for events before they occur! A living example of one living under restriction.
Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. Notice, this time he didn't make the decision known to his companions. He didn't consult flesh or blood, he didn't hold an online meeting, when he was found, Daniel simply was praying and making supplication before his God. This was his custom since early days. Perhaps the Lord is desiring to develop this custom in you.
Follow Jesus' example. Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. (Mark 1:35) After leaving them, he went up on a mountainside to pray. (Mark 6:46) For you to develop a prayer life when no one else is around to see it.
Today we are under a restriction that we cannot physically gather. What if tomorrow, the internet goes down making virtual gatherings also impossible? Do you have this connection established? Thankfully, currently you are not isolated from family members, but even parents will die and leave us. Our hope is that you are connected to the Living God, that you know whom you have believed in if you ever find yourself alone, even in a den of lions. Attending meetings, singing hymns, even reading the bible can just be "customs", it all hinges on the reality of your relationship with Jesus Christ. You are saved by grace, not by attending meetings. There is such a movement for others to shepherd you, but only Jesus can say: I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me (John 10:14). Our prayer is for the youth to follow Jesus only.
There are times when we read through the Word, and we come across stories that just seem impossible. For instance, when you're reading through Joshua and the battle with the Amorites where the Sun was stopped over Gibeon and the moon over Aijalon, the whole imagery sounds like nothing short of a miracle (Joshua 10:12-13).
As we go through life, inevitably the Lord shakes things up and brings us into situations where we become aware of how much we need Him. Whether that means grappling with family matters, social matters or even thinking about applying to University, the need for the Lord to give direction becomes incredibly apparent. Sometimes, during those instances, we even come to the realization of how busy we have become, praying even that the Lord would just stop the world-even for a moment, so we could have some time with Him and really hear from Him ourselves.
I don't know if we've come to understand how unprecedented these times really are. As we look around, the world has literally come to a stop. The fabric of how we used to function as a society has been completely torn. Our expectations of school and work have been shifted, with some even having had work being taken off their plate for them. These really are unprecedented times, and it is possible that something like this may never happen again in our lifetime; to see the world grind to a halt as it has now.
As routine begins to settle in, and as we become accustomed to a different way of living, would we remember that the very first instance of fellowship was between Adam and the Lord. Our Lord, first and foremost, is looking to meet you. He has allowed the world to come to a stop so that He could meet with you. Take hold of this opportunity and squeeze every minute out of it. For all the things that you are going through in your life right now, your worries and your concerns, the Lord is keenly aware of it all and He is waiting to have fellowship with you.
He knows how much we miss seeing one another, and as He prompts, the hope is that you have reached out to see how each other is doing. But in the same vein, would we also have taken hold of this impossible moment and met with Him too. And when we do get to physically gather again, would we really realize how sweet, and such a blessing it is to do so.
As an encouragement, a song for you to consider the lyrics of as you spend some time with Him.
Praying you are getting lots of opportunities to hear from the Lord in these days when we must stay at home. Even though many of the other meetings have moved online, the youth group will not be having online meetings. We hope you naturally have been in contact with and fellowshipping with one another. Do not think that fellowship occurs only during "meetings". It is strange to force family members (parents and children) in the same household to be simultaneously logged into different meetings while avoiding the real "FaceTime" that the Lord has given our families during the pandemic.
The Lord must have lessons for us to learn as we are physically apart from your peers, but physically together with your family. Praying you all are hearing directly from the Lord Himself.
Continuing to pray that His will is done.
He says, "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth." Psalm 46:10 (NIV)
This is an update and encouragement during the times that we are facing now. As many of you know, with the rapid spread of COVID-19, our government has declared a state of emergency and has ordered that all non-essential services cease temporarily. In a way, our Lord has made the “Be still” aspect of the verse very real for us, but let’s remember that the verse does not end there. He reminds us that He has a purpose for this time of being still in our lives and in this situation. Even though we are not able to physically gather as a youth group, for the time being, take this as an opportunity not just to relax or catch up with work, but be reminded that in the stillness He is God. He is to be exalted among the nations despite the fact that, for now, we are living relatively isolated lives.
As a further update, we will not be attending the Youth Weekend Conference this year, as the border has been closed to non-essential travel. We should recognize that we have been very blessed to attend conferences and to gather together! Although we do not have these opportunities right now, our Lord has not left us nor forsaken us. The God who has met us at meetings and conferences is the same God who desires to walk with us daily. Our Lord has not stopped wanting to meet with us. While today is still today, we encourage you to carve out some time each day, dust off your paper Bibles, and see what He's trying to say to you.
Until we get to meet again, please review the chapters we’ve studied together from Daniel and read ahead. Reflect on how the Lord may have prepared us for this situation through our study of Daniel.
Stay safe, stay healthy,
The Lord be with you until we meet again