Tuesday, Dec. 24, to Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019
What is it and when is it?
The Winter Family Weekend runs from Tuesday evening, Dec. 24, through Saturday night, Dec. 28, 2019—so it’s more than just a weekend! On Tuesday evening, we will start things off with a free pizza dinner and family dance. Wednesday through Friday afternoon will be chock-full of more fun! Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in daily educational seminars, basketball, volleyball and special organized games and art classes for the kids. Other activities include the family fun fair (think large inflatables, mechanical bull, carnival games, etc.!), novelty Olympics, karaoke, jam session for musicians, cornhole, children’s clothing swap, prom dress boutique, family bowling/arcade* and several dances. For most, the highlight of the weekend is simply spending time fellowshipping with our spiritual family. This weekend truly has something for everyone!
What is the added young adult component?
By popular demand, we will once again be having a special component for our young adults! Because the ages of the young adult group range from high school grads through 30-something, we will offer seminars with topics applicable to those life phases. We are also planning a special Friday night reception and Saturday morning breakfast. There is no additional fee for the seminars, reception or breakfast; all you need to do is check the young adults’ seminar and reception boxes 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 Monday, Nov. 4, by posting a link in the notification area of your account in your COGWA registration portal. (This is the same account you use to sign up for the Feast and Youth Camps). 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 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. Once all household members are set up, be sure you complete the registration process by clicking through to the Review and Confirmation pages of the registration process.
Tip: Before you register, gather information about which events each household member will be participating in and/or volunteering for. You’ll find this will make registration faster and easier. However, you will also be able to make edits whenever needed by logging back into your portal account.
How much does it cost?
Tip: 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.
*Note: There is a separate fee of $10 per person for the bowling/arcade portion of the event.
What are the housing costs? When can I make reservations?
Our WFW rate is $78 (plus tax) per night per room, and reservations can be made beginning Monday, Nov. 4, 2019. 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?
“The Spirit of Unity.” This year’s theme is based on Ephesians 4:3, which encourages us to work to “keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” Even while being so very different, we are to maintain unity. What are the scriptural keys to building unity and avoiding the divisive spirit so common in the world? During this year’s Winter Family Weekend, we will explore the keys to unity available through the Spirit of God.
What are the dance themes?
Family dance—no theme this year.
Both the teen dance (grades 7-12 only) and adult dance (high school grads and up) will have the same theme—“A Night at the Movies.” Come dressed as your favorite TV or movie star/character (nothing immodest or gruesome).
- There will be an opportunity for everyone to walk the red carpet and have their picture taken in front of a special COGWA banner.
- Dress code for those not dressing in costume is “nice casual” (no shorts, nothing immodest).
Who do I contact about participating in special music?
We will have 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.