The Confirmation journey is a great way for students with the support of the church to affirm baptismal vows. God has initiated a relationship with us. How do we respond to a relationship with our Creator? During the weekend the students will experience worship and relevant discussions about what it means to be followers of Christ.
Through interactive activities, we will discuss our faith journey and how it relates to the Sacraments. The students will also spend time writing about their faith journey in their personal Statement of Faith.
Rev. Sharon Stewart who works part time with Homestead Presbyterian Church and Southminster Presbyterian Church will partner with the Crestfield ConFluence Staff to lead this retreat. Sharon has two daughters, now in their 20's, who went through Confirmation class. She has been married to her husband John for 30 years. They live in Jefferson Hills, PA.
Create connections between leaders and confirmands
Opportunity for confirmands to reflect on their relationship with God
Participants arrive on Friday, April 7 at 6:30pm
Participants depart after breakfast on Sunday, April 9.
Cost: Cottages: $104 per person Scott Lodge: $110 per person (3-5 people per room)
1. Call Marla (724-794-4022) or download the Group Registration Form and email, mail or fax (724-794-1665) to Crestfield
2. Crestfield will send you a group code and registration information for you to pass on to your participants to individually register on-line.
A 20% non-refundable deposit is required upon registration. Lodging is assigned on a deposit received basis.
Cancellations received less than 14 days but before 7 days of the registered retreat will receive a 50% refund of total amount due minus the non-refundable deposit. Cancellations received within 7 days of the registered retreat will not receive a refund. In the event of illness of family emergency, upon written (email or snail mail) request, the Crestfield Ministry Team will determine eligibility for a refund.
Chaperones and Adult Leaders
Unlike our summer program, our retreats run Conference Style. This means that rather than registering as individuals (as you would for our summer camp), participants register as a church or group. Each church is responsible for providing their own chaperones. We ask that you have at least one adult advisor per eight youth of the same gender.
Crestfield has worked intentionally to provide a fun, safe, grow in your faith retreat. Part of the success of the retreat entails your assistance (and the leaders for your group) in having a presence with your youth and their participation in the retreat. Your most important role is to spend time getting to know your youth and where they are in their faith journey.
Registration & Heath Forms
As the group leader, you are responsible for collecting all money, registrations and health forms prior to the retreat. There are two health forms – youth health form (under the age of 18) and adult health form. Please have these forms completed and bring them with you to provide to us at registration. We will make a copy of your groupʼs forms and give you back the originals.
When you arrive, please bring any paperwork and payments. IF possible, bring one check made payable to Pittsburgh Presbytery. Once checked in, we will direct you to your lodging so you can get settled in and then join the rest of the retreat at the designated time.
Your group may be housed with another group. If you would like to be housed as your own group, please let us know as soon as possible. It is important to remember that males and females are not to go into the cabin/lodging of the opposite gender.
There MAY be a nurse for consultation but the expectation is that each group handles medications and first aid needs internally and independently within the group. Therefore, please make sure you know all of your group's dietary and medical needs.
Meals will be served in the Dining Hall. Breakfast will typically be held at 8:30am, lunch at 12:30pm and dinner at 5:30 pm. We will also provide an evening snack when applicable.
If you have specific food allergies please contact the Food Services Director at 724.794.4022.
We have a camp store with various items (shirts, hats, sweatshirts, etc.) Let your youth know to bring additional money in case they want to purchase something.
Cell Phones & Electronics
It has been the strong suggestion that your retreat experience is somehow furthered by a lack of technology. Our feeling is that if you have been given the responsibility of keeping and maintaining a phone by your parents then you certainly may bring them. We trust that you understand that there are appropriate times to use them. Please do not use during gatherings or worship, unless instructed to do so. Put them on silent. If indeed you do wish to "unplug" from things at home but still need your phone with you, place your phone in airplane mode for the duration of the weekend. You will still be able to capture memories with your camera and consult your Bible app. If your church or leaders have a "no phone policy" in place, this does not usurp or preclude that.