All Youth Retreat



All youth in grades 6-12, plus 6th grade parents, are invited to join us each year in the early Fall at Lake Williamson Christian Retreat Center in Illinois. The heart behind this annual weekend experience is to create an environment for students to encounter Jesus Christ in a powerful way. These two and half days are filled with fun and life transformation - including community building, ropes courses, bonfires, indoor/outdoor recreation, and interactive worship.

This year's retreat

Join us September 7-9, when more than 150 students will gather together for a weekend of community, worship, and fun learning.

Our theme for 2018 is "Tearing Down the Walls:  The Lessons of Joshua and the Walls of Jericho."  Our kids will be learning the how and why of tearing down the walls that separate us from God, from others and from the life God wants us to experience ourselves. 

To help cement that vision in the hearts of our kids we have two incredible leaders joining our Concordia family for this weekend.  Pastor Bill Yonker is a nationally-known youth ministry speaker who has delighted tens of thousands of kids and adults through his stories, bible teaching and powerful application challenges.  From the National Youth Gathering mainstage to Camp Arcadia teen weeks, Pastor Bill brings wit, wisdom and insight that our teens will never forget.  

Pastor Chris Paavola is serving as our music leader for the weekend.  Formerly the worship director at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Ellisville, MO, Pastor Chris is now planting a congregation in University CIty, MO, and has been warmly adopted by Concordia’s Older Adult Ministry for support and prayer in his mission. 

Register Today! 

Cost per kid is $200 until September 2, 6th grade parents cost (for meals) is $50.

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Retreats by Grade

Each grade level will have specific learning subjects/activities set aside just for them, the entire group will travel, worship, and eat meals together

6th Grade (with parents)

“God Is …”--Introduction to Confirmation and Following Jesus

7th Grade

God’s Masterpiece--Learning to cherish the person God made you to be.

8th Grade

Changes and Choices – discussing sexuality from a faith-based perspective

9th Grade

Bridge to Commitment – preparing for the Rite of Confirmation

10/11th Grade

Changes and Choices 2--Building on the topic of sexuality from the 8th grade retreat and moving in to other topics that require our kids to make big choices that they’re starting to stare down like, post-high school life, media and entertainment, politics, independence from parents, driving...

12th Grade

Moving On – facing the end-of-high-school transition with a firm foundation.