FreeRunners – Encounter 2015 Info

The Fall 2015 Shanghai City-Wide retreat is sponsored and planned by the following International Christian Youth Communities in Shanghai, China:

SOAR 24/7 led by Kenny Ly
Journey led by Rob Pritz and Shanghai West International Fellowship
Anchor led by Sandra Westerdahl and International Church of Shanghai
REFLECT led by Cameron Huckabee and Shanghai Community Fellowship
KG led by Andrew Feng and Thanksgiving English Fellowship
Retreat Director – Scott Loewen

Our Purpose:
These five communities base their faith in the teachings of Jesus Christ and use the Bible as their primary source of teaching. We the Youth Pastors of Shanghai, together seek God to bring about His purpose amongst the youth of this city. Our unified desire is to relay the message of Jesus Christ and the Power of God to Shanghai’s international youth.

Our Theme Verse:
Psalms 119:32 “I run in the path of your commands, for you have set my heart free.”
Each session will be delivered from God’s Word. We hope and pray that the Holy Spirit will speak to the youth through His Word. We desire each youth to leave the retreat blessed with the Holy Spirit who has made the Scriptures come alive. A practical goal is that the youth will be equipped with methods of how to study Scripture providing them with greater opportunities to know God through His Word.
God’s Word, His Commands, serve as our life pathways. We can run in them daily living in freedom and growing in greater understanding of God our Father.

Your Role:
You can best serve us by your earnest prayers and intentional communication. Please pray for the youth, that they may know God. Please communicate with us any concerns you may have, not only in regards to logistics but anything concerning your child. We are here for you and we care about the parents as much as we do the youth.

We also believe that the parents play one of the most important roles in the spiritual growth of the youth. We desire to partner with you, encourage and equip you with the necessary tools needed to serve as a catalyst for spiritual growth within your own family.

Retreat Schedule:

10:30am Thursday, October 1st – 2:30pm Sunday, October 4th

If you are finding your own way to the retreat, please arrive at Silver Pearl Garden before 10:30am Thursday, October 1st to register and get checked into your cabin. Retreat will end at 2:30pm on Sunday, October 4th.

*There is a bus schedule which will be published before departure 🙂

Sample Daily Schedule:
Friday, October 2
8am-9am: Breakfast
9am-10am: Morning Chapel/God Time
10am-12pm: Session -Worship, Small Groups, Speaker
12pm-1pm: Lunch
1pm-2pm: Workshop –Specific retreat related topics are presented to the youth for increased knowledge and growth.
2pm-4pm: Group activities facilitated by Adult Leaders
4pm-6pm: Supervised free time
6pm-7pm: Dinner
7pm-9pm: Session – Worship, Small Groups, Speaker
9pm-11pm: Debrief – Adult facilitated small groups in cabins
11pm: Sleep

Retreat Venue:
Silver Pearl Garden
1555 Jinshang Gonglu
Phone: 59287000 ext 6888, 8666

Retreat Website:

Adult Leaders:
We will maintain a 1:8 adult/student ratio. All adult leaders are selected by the five Youth Pastors and have been through retreat training. The students will sleep in villa style houses. Most floors have three rooms which provide space for 8 students and 1 adult leader. The retreat is equipped with first aid and qualified first aid providers.

What to bring:

  • Bible, notebook, pen
  • Payment and permission form + 50rmb late fee if you have not yet paid
  • Clothes for three nights and four days
  • Toiletries
  • Athletic wear (shoes and clothes) for some active games
  • Any necessary medications
  • Money for snacks from the snack shop

You may bring:

  • Water bottle
  • Towel and sleeping bag (if you can)

You should NOT bring:

  • Computers/iPads (unless used only for homework and have first been approved by the student’s Youth Pastor. If used for gaming, adult leader has permission to confiscate!)
  • Video game systems
  • Alcohol, illegal drugs