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: Who Is Jesus’ Neighbor?
“Three Great Loves” is a campaign sponsored by the National UCC to focus on how our Love of Neighbor, Love of Children, and Love of Creation can be expressed in our lives, neighborhoods, and communities. Bring your confirmation students to DuBois Center on September 14 – 15 where we will focus on one of the Three Great Loves – Neighbor. We will delve into the question – Who is this neighbor that Jesus is always talking about? We will discuss this question in fun & interactive ways through the study of scripture, during games, small group times, and fellowship. You won’t want to miss this chance to take your next step of faith!

 DATES:            Friday, September 14 - Saturday, September 15, 2018

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 2018

Leader Instructions pdf
Confirmation Retreat Flyer & Agenda  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: Who Is Jesus' Neighbor?” is for all youth enrolled in confirmation classes for the 2018-2019 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 $65 for confirmands and chaperones who:

  • have sent in all registration forms and the balance due postmarked by August 31, 2018.
  • After August 31, 2018 the cost will be $70 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.