CONVO 2013: Youth In His GRIP


 By Hollye Weekes, Youth Reporter

The theme of the annual Mississippi Conference youth event was 'In His GRIP.'  The acronym "GRIP" was described as G-Grace, 
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Group activity brings CONVO participants closer.
R-Release, I-In and P-Purpose. On Friday, July 12, approximately 200 youth attended CONVO 2013 at Seashore Assembly in Biloxi, Mississippi.
The primary scripture was Romans 8:38-39, "For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons... nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
The Reverend Regina Jean Baptiste from North Carolina was the featured speaker throughout the weekend. Her use of real-life examples and props demonstrated creative ways for us youth to handle problems. There were 16 workshops offered and each participant selected three from the list to attend.  In addition to the workshops, we had many interesting events and activities consisting of a basketball and volleyball tourneys, a talent show
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Youth get in on the action at CONVO.
and dance. The talent show and dance were filled with singers, dancers, cheerleaders and a contortionist. The overarching event was the Possum Queen Contest, a fun interactive contest that allows youth to see their inner beauty.  The winner was the contestant that raised the most funds for the Youth Service Fund.  The fund is used for service projects, spiritual retreats and missions for youth within the state.
Worship band Eddie Willis and the Narrow Path played contemporary rock at all general sections of worship.  Their music touched the hearts of many of the youth at the retreat.  The service planned for the beach was the most spirit-filled encounter of the retreat.  Although, the weather prevented us from going to the beach, we transformed the chapel into an indoor beach.  We symbolically threw our problems into the ocean with seashells and a bowl of water.