Life Conference looks to teach youth key lessons

Life is about balance.

That’s the theme of Christ Community Worship Center’s upcoming Life Conference, a weekend affair to take place at the church next Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The church wants to encourage local youth to find their B.A.L.A.N.C.E. – building a legacy and never compromising excellence.

“We want to build a legacy of excellence in young people,” Christ Community Worship Center Pastor Marwin C. Reeves Jr. said.

The first night of the conference will feature a service beginning at 7 p.m. as well as the Life Cafe, with musical guest Salt and Light, a group from the Harrisburg-York area, providing entertainment.

At 10 a.m. Saturday, the life seminars – featuring playwright Pastor Clarence Stevens, leadership coach and Pastor Dan Rockwell and Reeves – will address current topics important to today’s youth, including gender identity, culture, recent legislation and mainstream media.

At 10:45 a.m. Sunday, all are invited to attend the church’s worship service.

Christ Community Worship Center is working with other area churches to put on the conference, and they all share a common goal.

“Faith is somewhat being threatened in our society. We have a nation that was founded on the construct of the Bible and its moral premise and what we’ve seen in most recent years are a lot of attacks on what the Bible stands on. Our goal is to bring that back in a way to impress on young people the purpose that God has called them for,” Reeves said.

The conference was started four years ago and has seen success. Two years ago, Christ Community Worship Center wanted to expand the time span of its reach and instituted a multiple-week youth camp that offers spiritual, educational and recreational opportunities to local young people. Teachers provide summer assistance to kids who may be behind in reading, writing, math or science.

Reeves said the hope is to expose younger generations to new experiences and opportunities. He hopes that both the camp and the conference positively affect the community.

“Basically, we’re educating on the same principles but a different level,” Reeves said.

For this year’s conference, the pastor hopes to see 100 kids come out. The church achieved that audience two years ago, and Reeves said the result was awesome.

While the conference is aimed at youth, all are welcome to attend.

“It’s open to the public, all age groups. Even though the focus is dealing with young people, the message involves everyone,” he said.

A 3-on-3 basketball tournament for kids in sixth grade and older will take place today at First Church Life Center, 604 Market St., as a precursor to the conference. Games begin at 10 a.m.

There will be a registration fee to attend the conference that includes a T-shirt. If someone wishes to attend but cannot afford registration, they are welcome to, Reeves said, but registration helps the church keep count of and to keep in touch with all who attend.