WINTER RETREAT 2023

Dates:  December 28-30, 2023

Location:  Double Tree Hilton Convention Complex

Address:  350 1st Ave NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

Registration Types:

  • Student – $139
  • Subsidized Leader – $109
  • Unsubsidized Leader – $139

REGISTRATION IS TRANSFERABLE to another student or leader in your group, but WILL NOT BE REFUNDED.

Registration Deadlines: 
  • ALL STUDENTS AND LEADERS must be registered online by December 6, 2023 to avoid a $30 per person late fee.
  • Final registration closes on December 13, 2023  (Late fee will apply between Dec. 6 and Dec. 13)
  • No subsidized leaders will be accepted after December 6, 2023
Sean is the Lead Pastor of Open Bible Christian Church (OBC) in Dayton, Ohio. He was called into full-time ministry at a young age and attended Great Lakes Master’s Commission in Michigan. After his schooling, he served as the Student Ministries Pastor at New Life Church in Petersburg, Michigan for eight years. In 2018 he was appointed the Student Ministries Director of Open Bible East through the summer of 2023.
Sean’s passion is communicating the love of God in a relatable way for both believers and non-believers. He believes the future of the church is bright and works hard to create a multi-generational community at OBC.
Outside of ministry, he loves spending time with his wife Abby and three kids. He’s a huge Ohio State football fan and a lover of food.
Schedule: (subject to change)
Thursday, December 28

3:00pm           Registration Begins

6:00pm           Pre-Service Prayer

6:45pm           Doors open for Service

7:00pm           Service

10:30pm-12:30am     Late-Night Activity (12am Curfew: Return to your rooms)

Friday, December 29

9:00am           Doors open for Service

9:15am           Service

10:45am         Break

11:00am         Breakout

11:30am         Lunch/Free Time

6:00pm           Pre-Service Prayer

6:45pm           Doors open for Service

7:00pm           Service

10:30pm-12:00pm    Late-Night Activity (12am Curfew: Return to your rooms)

Saturday, December 30

9:00am           Doors open for Service

9:15am           Service

10:30am         Winter Retreat PICTURE

11:00am         Dismissal

Winter Retreat Guidelines

Listen to the leader: All students are expected to cooperate and follow the direction of their group leaders, Winter Retreat staff, and hotel personnel.

Curfew is not optional: No one is to be outside their room or in anyone else’s room after curfew without a leader present. If your group returns to the hotel after curfew, please proceed quietly to your rooms. Shouting, loud talking, slamming doors, etc. should be avoided.

House rules: You need to make sure that you follow and obey all the rules and policies at the hotel. This also applies to the late-night activity locations, area restaurants and malls.

No trespassing: You are not to be in anyone else’s room without their permission. Make sure that you close and lock your room whenever you are not present.

The boy/girl thing: Guys are not allowed in girl’s rooms, girls are not allowed in guy’s rooms – PERIOD. The only exception to this is if a group leader wants to gather students for pizza, etc. in a room. There must be adequate leadership supervision. No adult leader is to be alone in a room with a student at ANY time.

Find your floor: Do not use the elevators just for fun. Use them to get to your floor and then exit the elevator. There are stairways, please use them.

No smoking, vaping, alcohol, illegal drugs, and tobacco: These things are not permitted at Winter Retreat. Students have the opportunity to turn those things in right away to their group leaders and work things out with them.  If students are caught with these items, they will be dismissed from Winter Retreat and will need to be picked up immediately by a parent or guardian at their own expense, without refund of registration.

You break it, you buy it: Damage to the hotel and its property, Winter Retreat equipment, band equipment, or property of Central Region Open Bible is not allowed and is the responsibility of those who cause the damage. Individuals/groups will be held responsible for the cost of repair or replacement of damaged items.

Leaders – We ask that you not rent pay-per-view movies in your rooms following late night activities. Our curfew is late and if you rent a movie, you end up staying up until 3:00am or so watching it. This really inhibits students’ ability to get anything out of the services the next day.

DoubleTree by Hilton Convention Complex

350 First Avenue NE
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 52401, USA

The downtown hotel is connected to the Alliant Energy PowerHouse, home to Cedar Rapids conventions and events. It’s located two blocks from Cedar Rapids Museum of Art and Paramount Theatre. Start your stay with our signature warm chocolate chip cookie, and enjoy the top-floor restaurant, indoor pool, and 24-hour fitness center.

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