Emerge is an annual retreat providing an opportunity for young adults to come together and talk about what it means to be young people of faith in today’s world. We relax, get to know each other, worship together – and have a lot of fun! This year we will be focusing on how to build communities of faith beyond the walls of the church.
As Christians we are called to BE the Church, not just go to Church. But what does this mean? How can we as young Christians help build relationships and make meaningful connections between our churches and the wider community around us? We'll explore our understanding of community, and try to discern practical, actionable tips for community building.
January 25 to 27, 2019
Debert Hospitality Centre
Open to young adults (19+)
Registration is closed - stay tuned in late 2019/early 2020 for details
about the next emerge weekend!
Frequently Asked Questions
What is this?
Emerge is the name of an annual young adult retreat hosted by the Anglican Diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. It’s an opportunity for young adults to come together and talk about what it means to be young people of faith in today’s world. We relax, get to know each other, worship together – and have a lot of fun!
Who is this retreat for?
This retreat is for any young adult who wants to explore their faith, or simply spend some time getting to know other young Christians. If you are a committed believer, a skeptic, or have no idea at all what you believe, you are welcome here.
What do you mean by ‘young adult’?
We mean any person at least 19 years of age who identifies as a young adult. Typically, 35 is given as an age “ceiling” but this is arbitrary. If you’re older than 35 but still identify as an adult in the early stages of adulthood, you are welcome here!
But I’m not an Anglican.
You don’t have to be! People from any faith tradition (or people with no faith tradition) are welcome. If you want to explore questions about faith and life with people around your age, this is for you.
Are you going to try and ‘convert’ me?
No! The goal of the weekend is to create a safe space where you feel free to explore questions, express your doubts, and talk about what it means to have faith, to struggle with faith (and just about everything in between.) The goal is never to tell you to think a certain way, or join a certain group or denomination.
The registration cost is more than I can afford.
Bursaries are available. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info. If cost is the only thing holding you back, we’ll find a way to make it work for you! Seriously - don't hesitate to request a bursary. We don't want anyone to be prevented from participating because of money, and we will be sure to keep your application confidential.
What will we be doing?
The main focus of our time together will be discussing and reflecting on community. We’ll also worship together, play boards games, go for walks and eat good food. There will also be plenty of free time to chat with each other and for you to do your own thing. You’re welcome to participate is as much or as little of the weekend’s activities as you like.