The Illinois South Conference Festival of Faith is a tool for enhancing youth ministry (Middle School - grades 6 - 8) in local congregations and a time for personal spiritual renewal.  They offer a unique opportunity for youth 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:  God's Calling You. The United Church of Christ is born out of two major strands of Protestantism and from a famous thought from Martin Luther, A priesthood of all believers. The Methodists, Lutherans, Presbyterians, and the UCC affirm that God
uses each person to further God's kingdom and bring it here to earth among us all. God’s Calling You…are you ready to listen?

 DATES:  Saturday, February 17 - Sunday, February 18, 2018

ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE:  Festival of Faith begins with check-in between 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm Saturday.  The program will begin promptly at 2:45 pm, so plan to arrive in time to get settled.

Festival of Faith concludes on Sunday at 2:00 pm.

Festival of Faith 2018

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

PARTICIPANTS:  Festival of Faith is a program for Middle School youth (grades 6 - 8) and their adult chaperones.  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 per person, limited to first 80 youth and chaperones that have sent a space reservation form and deposit postmarked by January 17, 2018, and have paid the balance and sent in the registration and required paperwork postmarked by February 6, 2018. After this date, the cost will be $65 per registration.

  • NOTE: No registration is complete until the registration fee has been received in the Conference office.
  • The event fee for each youth and adult participant includes one night’s lodging. Dinner will be provided on Saturday. Breakfast and lunch will be provided on Sunday.


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