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If you’re looking for the best Winter Retreat experience in the entire Midwest region, for the best price, you have found it! Come Alive Retreat is taking place this year in Carlinville, IL. If you’re located in Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky or Ohio, or anywhere else, come check it out this year



We will bring in a top-notch, professional band. Each year it’s a bit different, and details are being finalized for 2020.



Small Groups are a really big deal here! Whether it be the week-long, team point competitions, the evening sessions that conclude with groups, or the life changing late night conversations, the success of this week rides on Small Groups. Our strategy is that students will know others in their group better by the end of the week, along with a caring adult leader who also knows the student.



We have an incredible group of speakers with more than 25 years of Youth Ministry experience. The messages are relatable and relevant to the student’s lives.



Just because the cost is a bit lower, doesn’t mean the quality will suffer. In 2018 we’re going to Country Lake Christian Camp, which has served as a host site for nationally renowned camps like CIY.



$125/Participant by Dec. 1
$130/Participant by Dec. 3


Friday (Jan. 4)

4PM- Meet at the encounter

6:45-8:00 – Arrive/Check-In

8:00-8:15- Unpack/Settle In

8:15-9:45- Session #1

9:45-11:45am – Blacklight Dodgeball Tournament (Café is open)

1 AM – Lights Out


Saturday (Jan.5)

7:15am – Prayer Meeting (Optional)

8:0o -Breakfast (Mandatory)

8:30-10:30 – Band Rehearsal in Big Room

9:30 – Quiet Times/Devotions

10:30 – Session #2

12:00 – Lunch

1:00 – Free Time

1:00-4:00pm – Swimming Pool is Open

Gym, Outside, Group Games etc.

4:00-4:30- Extreme Bingo (In Big Room)

4:30-6:00 – Free Time

4:30-6:00 – Band Rehearsal

6:00-7:00 – Dinner

Band can rehearse as much/eat as much as they want

7:15-8:45 – Session #3

9:00-10:00 – Family Time

10:15-11:45 – Gym (Volleyball, Kickball, 9 Square, Basketball)

12:30 – Lights Out


SUNDAY (Jan. 6)

7:30 – Prayer (Optional)

8:00- 8:30 – Breakfast (Mandatory)

8:30 – 9:30 – Quiet Times/Devotions

8:15-9:30 – Band Rehearsal

9:30-11:00 – Session #4

11:00– Load Vehicles/Pack up/head out

1:00-2:00 – Arrive Back at Encounter