The Illinois South Conference Confirmation Retreats are tools for enhancing youth ministry in local congregations and a time for personal spiritual renewal.  They are designed as a supplement to the confirmation program of local churches and offer a unique opportunity for confirmation classes from across the Conference to bond within and between their groups. Music, worship, theme presentations, play times, discussion groups, and “hang time” are all part of the retreat.

THEME: Three Great Loves: Love of Neighbor, Love of Children, Love of Creation

“Three Great Loves” is coming this fall, and it’s for you!  Bring your confirmation students to DuBois Center on September 22 - 23 as we delve into Love of Neighbor, Love of Children, Love of Creation. The goal for the retreat is to help students explore how we can express this love for neighbors, children and God’s creation.  We’ll do this in a way that guarantees your safety and comfort and offers lots of opportunities for fun, interactive discussion, games, and fellowship. You won’t want to miss this chance to take your next step of faith with “Three Great Loves.”

 DATES:            Friday, September 22 - Saturday, September 23, 2017

ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE:  The retreat begins with check-in at 7 pm on Friday evening.  The program will begin promptly at 7:30 pm, so plan to arrive in time to get settled. Participants should have dinner BEFORE arriving at DuBois Center.

The retreat concludes on Saturday, immediately following closing worship, with departure at 8:00 pm.


Confirmation Retreat 2017

Confirmation Retreat Flyer  pdf
Leader Instructions pdf
Space Request Form pdf
Information Packet pdf
Group Registration Form pdf
Individual Registration & Health & Permission Form pdf
Youth Covenant pdf
Adult Covenant pdf
Adult Disclosure Statement pdf
DCFS Authorization for Background Check pdf
Complete Packet pdf

PARTICIPANTS:  Three Great Loves” is for all youth enrolled in confirmation classes for the 2017-2018 program year and their adult advisors.  Churches are asked to provide a minimum ratio of 1 adult (age 21 or above) per 7 youth in proportion to the male/female break-down of their group.

COST:           The cost is $60 for confirmands and chaperones who:

  • have sent in all registration forms and the balance due postmarked by September 8, 2017.
  • After September 8, 2017 the cost will be $65 per registration.
  • NOTE: No registration is complete until the registration fee has been received in the Conference office.


Registration will be limited to the first 100 confirmands and chaperones that send in completed registration forms and fees.