Some of Emerge's U, Not Me participants

Some of Emerge’s U, Not Me participants

The first weekend of February is about U, Not Me.

U, Not Me is an Emerge weekend retreat experience dedicated toward serving others, having fun and challenging one another. Emerge is the young adult community at Chestnut Ridge Church, aged 18 to 25, who gathers monthly as a large group and a couple of times a month in smaller, home-based groups.

Earlier this month, about 30 young adults started out the U, Not Me weekend at Chestnut Mountain Ranch in Morgantown, to hear the history, story and mission of the Ranch directly from Steve Finn, the executive director and founder. The group took a tour, asked a lot of questions and got acquainted with the lives being impacted and changed by the Ranch’s calling to provide a Christ-centered, safe haven for boys and families in crisis.

Friday night was spent in leaders’ homes, and Saturday morning opened up with breakfast and a day of serving others. Some of the group headed back to Chestnut Mountain Ranch to unload a tractor trailer loaded full of hundreds of insulation bundles being delivered for the soon-to-be-opened “Grace Home,” while others carpooled into downtown Morgantown to help clean bathrooms and sort clothing donations at Christian Help.

Saturday afternoon had the two groups dividing into four groups to head to the homes of single moms and other women who needed help with some cleaning, painting, moving furniture and fellowship. After heading back to the church to share stories, ice cream, worship music and a debrief of the day, the Emerge group closed out the weekend by taking “Test Drives” and serving in various ministry areas at the Ridge on Sunday morning.

The helping hands of U, Not Me reached out to impact others, but found themselves being changed by their experiences in serving as a part of the body of Christ.

To learn more about Emerge, or to get involved in upcoming events, visit the Emerge webpage.