Category Archives: Youth Conferences

Disturbing the Peace Youth Conference – by Jonah Bouillon (age 15)

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Jonah 

Disturbing the Peace (DTP) is a youth conference in Grand Prairie, Alberta. It was started in 2003 and is an annual youth conference. I have been three times now and it’s amazing. Every year there’s a band that comes and plays for us as well as a worship team that plays all weekend. There’s a different comedian every year and there always great. The second day we were there,  we get to choose from workshops that we can go to and learn more about God or topics concerning him. The conference is three days long over a weekend. This year there was over 400 people!

My favourite part was probably when the band The Color played. They sang a bunch of cool songs and I really liked them! I went to a workshop after and met them all personally and it was great. I got to meet the drummer and hear his story and I really enjoyed that,  being a drummer myself.

God did a lot of amazing things for many people that weekend. He really spoke to me about the company I keep and the friends I have. The speaker, Jason Ballard said friends are very important in a youth’s life but it’s more important that they are the right friends.

I had a great time and I’m really excited for next year! Shout out to my mom Loretta Bouillon and my youth pastor Toni Sandford for making this weekend possible!

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Jonah and his friend Alisa

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Jonah and his new friend, Dexter

 

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Disturbing the Peace Youth Conference – By Kieran (age 14)

Today’s post is written by Kieran, one of our youth that attending this conference. Kieran did a great job of writing about this memorable weekend!

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Kieran

Another year of DTP has come and gone… Every year I get so excited for it, but then it’s only a two and a half day conference and I’m like, what’s up with that…? It goes so fast! I wish it lasted for two weeks! This was my third year going to DTP and I can honestly say that this was the best year so far!

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The giant teddy bear for raffle!

So a little bit about the conference: When we got there on Friday, the place that we were sleeping in was locked so we didn’t end up getting our stuff set up until 12:30 am. We went to the church where the conference was being held and we hung out there for about 2 hours until it started. When DTP began, our youth group made sure that we got a great spot at the front (as usual Lol). Pete Christensen lead the  worship sessions again this year, which was absolutely amazing! He is such an anointed musician. The speaker this year was a young man, Jason Ballard. I have always been a worship girl, but I never really cared for the sermons. But Jason Ballard was really good! I was blown away (not literally). He was really interesting, and super funny.

The band at DTP this year was The Color. They played on Friday night, and oh my goodness they were absolutely amazing! I loved them! After they played I went to their table and bought two of their CDs, a T-shirt, and then they signed my DTP booklet and I got my picture taken with them. On Saturday we had a morning worship and preaching session and then we all departed and went to different workshops.

I went to three workshops: 15 Lies That Christians Believe, Forgive; Are You Kidding? and So You Want to be a Band. Out of all the workshops I think I enjoyed So You Want to be a Band the most. The Color did that workshop. Basically they told us all about themselves and how their band got started. Then we all got to ask them questions like, what are your favourite music artists, what do you guys do on your tour bus, what’s your favourite movies, stuff like that.

After the workshops, everyone got loaded onto the buses and we all went to the mall for the afternoon. When we came back we had another worship and preaching session, then we had a comedian come up; he came all the way from California!!! He was really funny, his name was Riley Armstrong. He was a musical comedian, so he wrote a bunch of hilarious songs and sang them. On Sunday we had our final worship and preaching session. It was fantastic, but sad because it was the last day.

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My favourite part of the weekend was The Color Band and worship with Pete Christensen. It was amazing, just soaking in God’s presence! I hadn’t done that in a long time and it felt absolutely wonderful… I can’t wait till next year!

Disturbing the Peace Youth Conference

DtP-white-on-black5-e1401396856132 What a privilege it is to be able to go on a youth retreat with my kids and their friends! For those of you unfamiliar with what a youth conference is, here was an outline of our weekend:

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Disturbing the Peace is a youth conference in Grande Prairie, Alberta. It is hosted by the churches of Grande Prairie. The targeted age group is from about age 13 to 18. There are cool bands, wonderful speakers, individual workshops, a spoken word artist, and a music/comedian. Of course there is pizza times, mall time, lots of meeting new friends time and most importantly, God time. The speaker was an amazing young man, named Jason Ballard.  At 26 years old, Jason loves to talk about Jesus, his beautiful wife and his baby Hudson. He has been in youth ministry for over ten years! Over the last seven years, Jason has spoken to high school students across the country and internationally. As the current Director of Campusfire, he is devoted to seeing a student led prayer group for every high school in Canada. He is fun and engaging to listen to. His message was basically this: what is the thing that is standing between you and your relationship with Christ? Get rid of it. My kids loved him and we hope he is there next year.

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Justice Brown

Another talented young man, a spoken word artist named, Justice Brown shared his talent with us. He is only 18 years old! We had the opportunity to meet him and for the kids to speak with him. He was very humble, personable and encouraging.  Here is one of his videos with music artist Derek Gust. Check it out! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOB1rEyRyNY

There was a music/comedian who was very entertaining with extremely creative, fun songs! None of his stuff was overtly “Christian” but his message at the end of his performance was clear: Sometimes, God gives us creative gifts. He want us to use them to glorify Him. http://www.rileyarmstrong.com/

The Color The band The Color did a concert and led one of the workshops called, “So you wanna be a band”. All our kids went as they are all musically inclined. These young men were all in their 20’s, relatable, cute 🙂 and very real with the kids. Their music is appealing to their age bracket, yet the lyrics are clean and all of the band members will tell you that they put God first in their lives at all times.

IMG_2225 IMG_2232 There was some fun to be had with the 7 foot stuffed bear body surfing the crowd, wildly dancing on the dance floor! In all seriousness though, I think my favourite part of the weekend was the worship band Pete Christensen. It was powerfully moving to see 400 kids worshiping the Lord through their music.

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Pete Christensen

Overall, it was a great weekend, worth the effort and I would do it again! We are already looking forward to next year.