As the Baltimore-Washington and Peninsula Delaware conferences begin their affiliation in September, the youth of both conferences are already leading the way with the announcement of WAVE, a new retreat for youth, Jan. 7-9 at the Convention Center in Ocean City.
The affiliation will bring both conferences under the episcopal leadership of Bishop LaTrelle Miller Easterling. Youth leaders recognized the potential of joining the strengths of their respective annual events and began planning for a joint event. WAVE, a name adopted unanimously by youth from both conferences to replace the BWC’s ROCK youth retreat and Pen-Del’s annual youth rally.
WAVE’s purpose, they stressed, is to provide an opportunity for youth and adults to develop or deepen their relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
The weekend events from both annual conferences have always been similar in style and program, but different in some details. With WAVE, they are “uniting to bring together both groups and bring the best from both into one,” said the BWC’s Becki Price and Pen-Del’s Carl Samans. “This first year will be an opportunity to feel our way around the planning. We are looking forward to planning future events together using feedback and experience from this first collaboration between BWC & Pen-Del.“
WAVE, which will be planned and executed by the youth, will feature speakers Heather Flies and Chris Singleton. There will be concerts by Tedashii and Apollo Ltd.; worship led by Urban Street Level & Latice Crawford; a Christian ventriloquist, Ryan & Friends, will also perform.
New this year for those attending from the BWC will be:
- A Proclaim the Name contest. This "preaching" contest is open to all youth who are registered and attend. The winner will be selected by a panel of judges and will preach on Sunday morning right after the worship band at WAVE. Many more details will be available soon.
- Color-coded seating. Each church group will be assigned a color that will match a zone in the Main Hall. Each session the colors will rotate so that every group gets a chance to sit in the front, middle and back of the hall. Extra screens are being added to make sure there isn’t a bad seat in the house.
- Those who register before Dec. 1 receive a free T-shirt as a part of registration.
- A modified schedule that includes breakouts and a concert on Saturday afternoon.
Registration will open later this summer.