NOVEMBER 17-18, 2018

We’ve heard that Jesus saved us, but what does that really mean? Saved us from what, and saved us for what? Our Jr. High Fall Retreat themed “LIFE” will provide retreatants with a basic and clear understanding of the Gospel message: that we were made for Him, turned away from Him, have been redeemed by Him, and now are called to follow after Him. We will also gain an understanding of what this life can hold for us when it is lived with Christ, and what exactly He means when He tells us that He came to give us abundant life (John 10:10).



This is a retreat for middle school teens; anyone in grades 6-8 who wants to encounter Christ and grow in relationship with Him is welcome to attend.


A retreat experience where you can encounter the Lord, grow in community, and learn just how abundant life with Christ can be. Come away with us for a weekend of food, games, and prayer!


The retreat is at Dickson Valley Retreat Center in Newark, IL. We will provide transportation via bus. November 17-18, 2018. We will load the bus at 8:30am on Saturday and return by 2:15pm on Sunday.


Cost is $100 which covers transportation, housing, meals, t-shirt, and more. Financial assistance is available, please just let us know if you are in need. Register below!



Click HERE to go to the event page for more information and to register


The registration consists of three main parts:

  1. Online Registration
  2. Paper Permission Form
  3. $100 payment

All of our registration will now be handled through a new online registration platform called Planning Center Online. Through here, parents, you will be able to manage registrations for your student (or multiple students!) as well as paying for events and seeing what forms you might still be missing. Head to the link above to learn more and to register. 

If you are in need of a payment plan or scholarship, please let us know. Planning Center Online will require you to make a $20 deposit to save your spot, you can pay the rest via credit card later or in person via cash or check; you can also pay the entire amount up front. 


The retreat will be held at Dickson Valley Retreat Center (8250 Finnie Rd, Newark, IL 60541). We will provide transportation to and from via bus:

  • Drop off at St. Mary’s at 8:00am on Saturday, November 17th
  • Pick up at St. Mary’s at 2:15pm on Sunday, November 18th

As a part of this retreat, we will eat the following meals:

  • Lunch and Dinner on Saturday
  • Breakfast and Lunch on Sunday

If the student has any allergies, please indicate those on the medical form so that we can inform the cafeteria. 


If the student will need to take any prescription or non-prescription medication during the retreat, please do the following:

  1. Put all their prescription meds in a ziploc bag.
  2. Click the link below to fill out a Prescription Medication Form, and also place that in the bag.
  3. When your teen arrives at the retreat center, they should turn in their meds to the adult at the table in the back of the room.
  4. Your teen will need to come to the table in the back of the room to take their meds. We will make announcements/reminders throughout the retreat and have an adult present to coordinate this.

Click here for the medication release form.


  • 2-liter beverage
  • Guys: one salty chip-like snack // Girls: 2-dozen sweet-tooth snacks
  • Casual and modest clothes
  • Toiletries (toothpaste, soap, etc.)
  • Towels
  • Sleeping bag or bedding (there are bunkbeds you will sleep on)
  • Pillow
  • Prescription meds (see above)


Since a large part of this retreat is to disconnect from the world and all of our distractions in order to encounter the Lord in a new way, we will ask all of the teens to disconnect from their cell phones for the weekend. In order to facilitate this, we will collect cell phones right at the beginning of the retreat and give them back at the end of the retreat. 

Parents, as the retreat gets closer, we will give you the cell phone contact information for the adults as well as the numbers for the retreat center in case you need to get a hold of us at any points. 


Maggie Overbeck

Director of Youth Ministry


Cody Schurter

Assistant Director of Youth Ministry



Patti Kuffner

Youth Ministry Secretary


stmaryhuntley.org/youthministry      |      (847) 669-5612      |      10307 Dundee Rd. Huntley, IL 60142