Confirmation Retreats

Bring your confirmation classes to Holmes for a weekend full of exploring faith and enjoying fellowship with youth from other churches from the region!  We will spend time together as a large group, divided into small groups that represent all the participating churches, as well as some time for camp fun!

Confirmation Retreats are based in Nunemaker, a ski-lodge facility with room to study, play and sleep.  Meals are provided by Chef Bobby up the hill at Agape, Friday dinner through Saturday dinner.  As weather permits, we will also be able to hike and play!

In addition to clothes, toiletries, Bible and notebook, please also make sure to pack bedding (sleeping bag or sheets/blankets) and pillows for your bunk bed in Nunemaker.  Please refrain from bringing valuables or electronics – we don’t want you to loose something and expect you to fully participate during our time together! We will spend time outside, so make sure to pack plenty of warm clothes.  The temperature at Holmes is often 10-15 degrees cooler than at home!

Registration for these retreats must go through your church!  Please print the 2017 Confirmation Retreat Brochure, making a copy for each youth and adult participant and submit them, and church check made out to “Presbyterian Conference Association” to Holmes Presbyterian Camp and Conference Center, 60 Denton Lake Rd, Holmes NY 12531.

If your church is registering online, please contact your Confirmation leader for your group’s Group Hold ID number.  You must use your church’s Group Hold ID when registering for Confirmation Retreats!  If you have created an account to register for previous retreats OR Summer Camp, please use the same log in – if you have forgotten it, please contact us and we can retrieve it.  You can register online here.

 

2017 Dates

 

February 17 – 18, 2017

Leader: Rev. Janice Moore-Caputo, North Shore and Malverne Presbterian Churches

“I’m on a Mission”
Your Passion, Your Purpose, Your Path

Jesus had a mission statement that he had come so we could live our life to the fullest (John 10:10). He knew what he stood for and he knew what to let go of. Through games, activities, talks and personal time, we’ll each experience the power of knowing what and who we stand for in the world today.

March 17 – 8, 2017  THIS RETREAT IS NOW CLOSED!

Leader: Rev. Ryan Kersting-Schlimgen, First Presbyterian Church of Liberty

“Setting Your Face on God’s Ministry”

As he set out to complete his earthly mission, Jesus set his face upon Jerusalem, and was resolute in accomplishing his task. In doing so, Jesus took the most direct route — directly through Samaria even though this was not the typical practice of a Jew. Even though he received resistance, he did not cease in his teaching as he went. How often does our service of the Lord call for us to take the road less traveled… to place ourselves in the midst of those who don’t believe what we believe… to face resistance in God’s service? In carrying out Christ’s ministry in the world, we will face these challenges, are we prepared?

April 28 – 29, 2017    THIS RETREAT IS NOW CLOSED!

Leaders: Rev. Agueelah Ligonde, New York Young Adult Volunteer Site Coordinator and New York Young Adult Volunteers

 

Registration/Arrival will be Friday at 6:00 pm, with dinner served at 7:00 pm.  The retreat will conclude with dinner on Saturday at 6:00 pm.

Retreats will be limited to 60 participants; a minimum of 20 participants is needed to run a retreat.

Each church is expected to bring at least 1 adult for every 7 youth.  Adult leaders will be expected to help facilitate small group discussions and activities, using topics and supplies provided.  Adult leaders have found these retreats as great opportunities to get to know their youth better, and have gained as much faith development as their youth!  If you have any questions or concerns about being able to fulfill this role, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Natasha Taylor, Summer Camp and Youth Programs Director at ntaylor@holmescamp.org

Registration for these retreats must go through your church!  Please print the 2017 Confirmation Retreat Brochure, making a copy for each youth and adult participant and submit them, and church check made out to “Presbyterian Conference Association” to Holmes Presbyterian Camp and Conference Center, 60 Denton Lake Rd, Holmes NY 12531.