2023 Spring District Youth Retreat
A retreat for Illinois/Wisconsin District youth currently in grades 9 through one year beyond high school will be held March 17-19 (Friday evening through Sunday morning) at Camp Emmaus’ retreat lodge in Mount Morris. The weekend will include games, food, sessions, worship, a hike, and a possible service project.
Cost: $35 per person (Advisors free).
Questions? Call 309-649-6008
Christian Citizenship Seminar
April 22 – 27, 2023
Theme: “Hot and Hungry,” 1 Kings 17:7-16
During a time of drought and famine, a widow with her son was asked for food by the prophet Elijah. Her response, “I am preparing to make a last meal, and then we will die” alongside her willingness to trust God’s provision, demonstrates both hope and despair (1 Kings 17:7-16). As Christians, we are called to a ministry of caring for our neighbors and all of God’s creation; we are called to a ministry of living in hope amidst despair. The overlapping crises climate change and food insecurity are dire, but the possibilities for response are dynamic. In the past years, millions of people have entered or reentered extreme food insecurity due to disruptions caused by the effects of climate change. Significant changes are needed to slow and reverse climate change, as well as support communities most hurt by these disasters. Such changes must happen both at the policy level, as well as at community and personal levels.
Our call to peacemaking, racial justice, and service to all means that we are to act in our communities but also address policymakers to enact laws that prioritize the most vulnerable. At CCS 2023, you will learn about the climate crisis in relation to food security. You will gain tools to address Congress, hear examples of local communities’ ministry and Church of the Brethren churches around the world, and strengthen your biblical understanding of God’s love in this work.
Who is eligible to attend?
All high school youth and their adult advisors are eligible to attend the seminar. Churches are strongly encouraged to register an advisor with their youth, even if only one or two youth attend. Churches are required to register one advisor for every four youth.
What is the cost?
The $500 registration fee includes: all event programming, shared room hotel lodging for five nights, and 2 dinner meals. Participants need to bring additional money for most meals, sightseeing, personal expenses, and subway/taxi fares.
Where and When?
Please note that this year, all of CCS will take place in Washington D.C.
We will begin on Saturday, April 22 at 2:00 p.m. and will end by 12:00 (noon) on Thursday, April 27.
When can participants register?
Online registration here.
What if I have questions?
If you have any questions, contact Becky Ullom Naugle, Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 847-404-0163
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Young Adult Conference - May 5-7, 2023
National Young Adult Conference
“I’m not done with you,”
May 5-7, 2023
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!
Registration includes housing, meals, and programming. Scholarships available.
- $250 through April 15, then $300
- 18 year olds can attend for only $100!
2023 Faith Outreach Expeditions
FaithX Registration is Open
Registration for FaithX (formerly workcamps) events in the spring and summer of 2023 is open at www.brethren.org/faithx/registration.
FaithX experiences are short-term service trips that challenge us to be more aware of ourselves, our communities, and our world so that we may learn to participate in God’s vision of justice for all people. Participants will serve in a variety of ministry and non-profit settings, live and worship in community, make friendships, and explore a new place.
The theme for FaithX 2023 is “Voices for Peace” (Romans 15:1-6, The Message). Find a theme statement at www.brethren.org/faithx/theme.
2023 Annual Conference
Annual Conference 2023
“Living Gods' Love”
Annual Conference 2023
National Junior High Conference
National Junior High Conference 2023
June 16 – 18
Theme: What does God want from me?
Scripture: Micah 6:8 (The Message)
- Early bird registration fee: $225 (January 11 – 31 only!)
- Regular registration fee: $250 (February 1 – April 30)
- NJHC late registration fee: $300 (May)
- Deposit: $200 non-refundable deposit due within 2 weeks of registering.
- If you live west of the Mississippi River, a $250 travel scholarship is available.
- All youth must be accompanied by an adult advisor. Please send at least one advisor for every five youth. If you are sending female youth, please send a female advisor and if you are sending male youth, please send a male advisor. Adult advisors must be a minimum of 22 years of age.
- Come join us for a weekend packed with powerful worship, fun workshops, music, and recreation!
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