Friday, Dec. 21 - Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018
What is it and when is it?
The Winter Family Weekend runs from Friday evening, Dec. 21, through Tuesday night, Dec. 25, 2018—so it’s more than just a weekend! We start things off with seminars on Friday night and Sabbath morning. This will be followed by afternoon services and some Saturday night dancing or card playing or movie watching. From Sunday through Tuesday evening, all attendees can participate in daily educational seminars, basketball, volleyball and organized games for the kids. Other activities include karaoke, a jam session for musicians, family novelty Olympics, a clothing swap for families, free pizza dinner, a family dance and of course the family fun fair, which includes large inflatables, putt-putt golf, a mechanical bull and more. The “best costume” winner at the adult dance on Saturday night wins a complimentary night’s stay at the Galt House, and the “best costume” winner at the teen dance wins $20. For most, the highlight seems to be the fellowship time with our spiritual family. There truly is something for everyone.
What is the added young adult component?
In addition to the active schedule we have each year, this year we are adding a special component for our young adults. There will be specific seminars as well as a reception for them focused on the theme. And because the ages of the young adult group range from high school grads through thirty-something, we will offer different topics germane to whether you are in your early 20s and single or older and married with children. There is no additional fee for the seminars or the reception; all you need to do is check the “Young adults’ seminars and reception” box when registering.
Where is it?
The Galt House Hotel and Conference Center
140 N. Fourth Street
Louisville, KY 40202
Do I need to register?
Yes! We will open registration on Oct. 22, 2018, by posting a link in the notification area of your account in our registration portal. (This is the same account you used to sign up for the Young Adult Leadership Weekend, apply for camps and/or register for the Feast this year.) If you have not already set up an account, you will need to create an account by clicking on the “Create an Account” link at that same URL. Once you are able to log in to your account, click on the “Register” button under Events > Winter Family Weekend (lower left corner of the page). This will allow you to register each household member individually for the WFW. Be sure you complete the registration process once all household members are set up by clicking through to the Review and Confirmation pages of the registration process.
Please note: It is very helpful if you gather as much information BEFORE registering about who will be participating in which event(s) and serving in which area(s). However, you will also be able to make edits whenever needed by logging back into your account and editing the registration for any of your household members.
How much does it cost?
(Hint: Paying in advance saves you money.)
All attendees (aged 13 and up) are charged a WFW event fee of $15 (if paid in advance) or $20 (if paid on arrival). There is no charge for anyone under the age of 13. Additional charges are as follows:
- Men’s basketball - $25 in advance or $30 at the event. (This fee includes men choosing to also play volleyball.)
- Sports (any and all sports for those 13 and up) - $15 in advance or $20 at the event. (This fee is for those who are not also playing men’s basketball).
The maximum sports charge per family (all living under one roof) is $100. There is a separate fee for the bowling/arcade portion of the event ($10 per person).
What are the housing costs? When can I make reservations?
Our WFW rate is $72 per night per room, and reservations can be made beginning Monday, Oct. 22, 2018. To obtain the Church’s rate, please make reservations online. Only make reservations by phone if you have trouble making them online (502-589-5200 or 1-800-The-Galt). If you need to call, be sure to identify yourself as a member of the Church of God, a Worldwide Association, coming for the Winter Family Weekend.
Where can I find out more about the facilities we are using?
What is this year’s theme?
“Grounded and Steadfast.” Two components are required for us to be granted the gift of eternal life. Colossians 1:23 encourages us to “continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast.” Christians are to be pillars, solidly grounded in the truth and steadfast in our resolve to keep living God’s way. What will it take for us to continue in the faith to the end when others have fallen by the wayside? How can we be steadfast? Join us at this year’s Winter Family Weekend to hear more about this exciting topic.
What are the dance themes?
- Family Dance—no theme this year. Come in nice casual (nice jeans, nothing immodest).
- Teen Dance (grades 7-12 only)—“Through the Decades.” Come dressed as if you lived in any decade of the 1900s. Please be modest. Winner of “best costume” receives $20. Wear nice casual (no shorts) if you do not wear a costume.
- Adult Dance (high school grads and up)—“Game Night.” Come dressed as a game piece or character from one of your favorite board or card games. (Nothing immodest, please.) Winning costume receives a night’s stay complimentary.
Who do I contact about participating in special music?
We will have four musical numbers for Sabbath services, including a teen/young adult choir selection. If you would like to participate in the choir (and we encourage you to do so) or if you would like to perform special music, please contact the music coordinator, Dave Myers.