BELOIT - Everybody's invited to the Third Annual Real Life Real Hope event at Rock County Christian School (RCCS).
The two-day free event features games and activities for families as well as presentations on issues impacting modern life. The group who planned it is called Community Strong, comprised of numerous church leaders and the school. The goal is to strengthen the family in the community by helping marriages, and people, grow strong, according to Tim Befus, RCCS head of school.
The first year the event attracted around 30 people, and last year it brought in 100 attendees.
"We are continuing to grow the conference. We are hoping for more than 100 people this year," Befus said.
Real Life Real Hope will kick off from 7 - 8:30 p.m. on March 23 with a family fun night featuring games, activities, hot dogs, chips and more. There will be everything from board and card games to relay races.
The event will continue at 9 a.m. on March 24 with two general sessions and 12 break-out sessions for adults. While adults attend the various presentations, there will be educational games for kids. The second day activities should be done around 12:30 p.m.
Sessions, some of which are in Spanish, are designed to help a wide variety of people with modern challenges. There are presentations on how to help pornography-addicted teens, how to resolve conflict, how to be single, how to follow Jesus in college, how to cope with tragic loss and more. Most of the speakers are local people, sharing honest experiences.
The keynote speaker is Todd Pope, a pastor at Bridge church in Waukesha, Wisconsin, who will talk about reverse engineering relationships. Befus said it's about living with intention in a reactionary world.
"How much better would relationships be if we start with the end in mind? What would you like them to look like in the end and how you would get them there?" Befus said.
Befus said people can show up on the day of the event, but it would help organizers if people would contact the school to let them know how many kids to expect. People can call 608-365-7378. Children ages 0-3 will have childcare and kids age 4-12 will have lessons and activities.