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2019 Fall Youth Retreat / Leaf Raking

November 8-10, 2019

Camp Emmaus
3011 W. Camp Road
Oregon, Illinois 61061

When: Registration will begin at 7 pm on Friday Night. Retreat participants will be dismissed on Sunday around noon. We are open to people coming late or leaving early so long as they are at the retreat Saturday Morning.

Who: Everyone currently in 9th through 12th grades plus First Year College students during the 2019- 2020 school year. Friends and advisors are welcome.

Cost:  $30 for youth and adults. Make checks payable to “Illinois/Wisconsin District Youth”

What to Bring: Games, Bible, Rake, Sleeping Bag, Snacks to share, Towel, and Work clothes.

Service Project Information: We recommend dressing comfortably and in layers – it can be chilly in the morning – and you may warm up while raking leaves.

[Registration Information]

Contact Ralph at (847) 742-0918, or via e-mail : rminer151@earthlink.net


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Camp Emmanuel 2019

CAMP CLOSING  October 27

National Junior High Sunday - November 3, 2019

Find worship resources, logos, and more free downloads at www.brethren.org/yya/jr-high-resources.html.

This special Sunday is an opportunity for congregations to call youth into leadership, and invite junior highers to help lead worship for the whole church. Resources are offered to aid junior high youth and their adult advisors to plan and lead a worship focused on the theme.

Resources include calls to worship and benedictions and other liturgy, aids for preparing a sermon and ideas for responding to a sermon, a children’s story, ideas for music and hymns, and more.


2019 Powerhouse Regional Youth Conference

Nov. 16-17, 2019

Camp Alexander Mack, Milford, Ind. 

All youth in grades  9-12 and advisors 

$90 youth/$80 advisors - save $10 by registering by Nov. 1

The Chrysalis Life, Philippians 3:10a

Randall Westfall

Due Nov. 1 if you want $10 discount 

The Powerhouse regional youth conference will return to Camp Mack again this year, providing a weekend of worship, workshops, music, recreation, and more for senior high youth in the Midwest and their advisors. Opportunities will also be available to visit and tour the Manchester University campus (about 45-50 minutes from Camp Mack) before or after the conference, and as a workshop option on Saturday.

Find out more information and register today by visiting our website:www.manchester.edu/powerhouse. We hope you can join us Nov. 16-17 for this action-packed weekend!

Register HERE!


Camp Emmaus 2020 Calendar

Here are the dates for 2020:

July 9-11 - Women's Camp
July 12-18 - Senior High
July 19-22 - Elementary II
July 22-26 - Young at Heart
July 26-August 1 - Junior High
August 2-7 - Elementary III
August 7-9 - CIT Event
August 8-9 - Elementary I 

Memorial Day & Labor Day Family Camps are on the traditional weekends.


2020 Brethren Workcamps: Voices for Pe

Inspired by Romans 15:1-6 (The Message), the theme for the 2020 Church of the Brethren workcamp season is “Voices for Peace.

We will explore how we can use our voices and gifts to promote peace both within our communities and within our world.

Visit www.brethren.org/workcamps to stay up to date.

January 16, 2020: Workcamp registration opens. www.brethren.org/workcamps


2020 Christian Citizenship Seminar

April 25-30, 2020

Christian Citizenship Seminar (CCS) provides high school aged students the chance to explore the relationship between faith and a particular political issue, and then act from a faith perspective regarding that issue.

This year's Christian Citizenship Seminar will focus on pursuing economic justice.

Online registration opens Dec. 2, 2019. Who is eligible to attend?

All high school youth and their adult advisors are eligible to attend the seminar. Churches are strongly encouraged to send an advisor with their youth, even if only one or two youth attend. Churches are required to send one advisor for every four youth.

Registration is limited to the first 60 participants. Registration opens 12/2 at 10 a.m. central time.

What is the cost?

The $450 registration fee includes:

  • Event programming
  • Lodging for five nights
  • 2 dinner meals, one in New York City and one in Washington D.C.
  • Transportation from New York to Washington D.C.

Note: Each participant will need to bring additional money for most meals, sightseeing, personal expenses, and subway/taxi fares.

What if I have questions?

If you have any questions, contact Nolan McBride, the Youth and Young Adult Ministry Assistant, at nmcbride@brethren.org or 847-429-4385.


National Youth Sunday - May 3, 2020

National Youth Sunday will be May 3, 2020.

Resources for workshop planning will be available early in the year.


Young Adult Conference 2020

May 24-26

Montreat Conference Center, Montreat, North Carolina

National Young Adult Conference (NYAC) offers people ages 18-35 a chance to enjoy fellowship, worship, recreation, Bible study, service projects and more… with other fantastic young adults!

Speakers: Drew Hart, Paul Shaffer, Richard Zapata and others

Worship Coordinators: Jesse Houff and Tim Heishman

Music Coordinator: Jacob Crouse

New this year — infants up to 12 months old are welcome with a parent participant! (Childcare not provided. Please contact the Youth/Young Adult Office if you are bringing an infant.)

  • Registration includes food, lodging and programming. Early bird price available during January ONLY!
  • Scholarships:
    • Upon request, we will send a letter to your congregation asking them to provide a scholarship for half of your registration fee. Please make your request by April 15.
    • Participants currently serving in Brethren Volunteer Service receive a $25 discount. Simply pay the full registration cost, and we will mail a rebate to the address listed in your registration.
    • A non-refundable deposit of $150 is due within two weeks of registering.

    Questions? Contact Nolan McBride, nmcbride@brethren.org, 847-429-4376.


National Junior High Conference 2021

The next National Junior High Conference will be in the summer of 2021.


National Youth Conference 2022

The next National Youth Conference will be held in the summer of 2022.


Ministry Summer Service

What is Ministry Summer Service?
Ministry Summer Service (MSS) is a leadership development program for college students in the Church of the Brethren who spend 10 weeks of summer working in the church (local congregation, district office, camp, or national program).
Why Ministry Summer Service?
Congregations may ask, "Why should we take on a summer intern?" Young adults may ask, "Why should we work for the church for a whole summer?"

The answer has to do with God's call. The Bible is a record of God calling people to challenging tasks. MSS is no exception. Through MSS, God is calling congregations to reach out in the ministry of teaching and receiving. God is calling young adults to explore the possibility of church work as their vocation.