The pandemic has caused the cancellation of a fall event that’s been a favorite of young Illinois Baptists for generations. The Youth Encounter student evangelism event, which includes popular worship music and speakers, will not be held this year.
Citing health concerns and regulations, IBSA’s Jack Lucas stated in an e-mail to church leaders, “Due to the current circumstances and restrictions in the state of Illinois as well as the uncertainty of future restrictions, we regret to inform you that Youth Encounter 2020 has been canceled at all three locations – Central, Metro East, and South.” Lucas, director of leadership development, plans to resume the live event in Fall 2021.
This year, Youth Encounter was scheduled to take place Oct. 11 in Marion and Decatur, and Nov. 8 in O’Fallon. Last year, attendance across three Youth Encounter sites was nearly 1,400 students.
Lucas said those who have questions can e-mail him at JackLucas@IBSA.org or call (217) 391-3135.