Since 2016, the McKinney Christian Academy Upper School has participated in a trip to Riverbend Retreat Center to kick off the new school year. Retreat is a time for students to grow closer to one another as well as diving deeper into their relationships with Christ. The theme this year is “What Does the Bible Say” examining how the theme applies to individual lives, student body, and how students interact in our communities.
Wednesday, August 14, the senior class of 2020 traveled down to the retreat center a day earlier than the rest of the Upper School. The senior retreat is a chance for the class to start their last year of high school with time alone to go closer to one another and create a stronger bond. Senior Maura Cueva says, “Retreat was a lot of fun. Senior night was great because it allowed our grade to grow closer together. I’m excited to see what this year brings us.” Although the seniors have an extra day, retreat is a time for all grades to become closer to one another. Junior, Patriot Butler, “Retreat this year was one to remember. I had a lot of fun making the skits and getting to hang out with my friends.” After the rest of the students arrived Thursday, students were given two and a half hours of free time where they could participate in certain activities provided by Riverbend. Whether it was beach volleyball, archery tag or playing basketball on the courts everyone found something to do. Junior Blake McGraw, attended retreat for the first time this year said, “The best part was whooping the teachers in volleyball.”
Even though retreat is a time to grow closer as a school and with your class, it is also a time to grow deeper in your relationship with Christ. Senior Will Boese says, “Well it was a mountain top experience for me and it was so cool to see how God worked through people to further his kingdom. It was truly a humbling retreat and I am so glad that I was able to be a part of it.” Guest worship leaders from Christ Redeemer Church led the students through worship before Pastor Trey Postelle preached about the view in which we look at the world and the impact it has on us. Overall, retreat is a time to grow closer to one another while being able to escape the daily demands of everyday life.