Advent Youth Retreat

We will learn the importance of taking time to reflect on how we prepare ourselves to live our best lives, all serving as a reminder for us that Advent is a season of prayerful preparation and anticipation of what’s ahead.

There will be times to play and pray, along with good food and good friends.

The retreat will begin at 10am on Saturday, December 3rd at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Midland and will end by 12pm on Sunday, December 4th after Eucharist. All are welcome to join us for Eucharist on Sunday at 10am.

Please contact either McKenzie Knill or the Rev. Joe Turmo


St. John’s Episcopal Church
405 N. Saginaw Rd.
Midland, MI, 48640

FAQs & Details

  • What will be the sleeping arrangements?
  • All participants and chaperones will be sleeping in the parish hall.
  • What are the expectations around COVID-19 health and safety?

All participants and chaperones must take a COVID rapid test within 48 hours of the event and receive a negative result. Please take a photo of your test and bring to check-in. Extra tests will be available at check-in for those that forget. Participants experiencing any symptoms ahead of the event should remain at home. Up-to-date vaccinations and boosters are encouraged.

What is the cost? 

This event is free, being subsidized by the Dioceses of Eastern and Western Michigan and lovingly hosted by St. John’s Episcopal Church.

What should I pack? 

A packing list can be found here.

Are you an adult interested in being present with us for the weekend? 

Fill out the registration form and we will be in touch. Adult mentors and parents are welcome to attend as chaperones. All adults on site for the retreat will be required to be up to date with Safe Church training (request access to online training here) and will need to have a background check on file in the Diocesan Office.


This overnight retreat is open to middle and high school-aged young people as well as adults from their local congregation that support them (staff, volunteer).

There is no cost to attend; all meals and materials will be provided. 

Participants should arrive by 10am on Saturday and will depart by noon on Sunday, following Eucharist. Those picking their participants up from St. John’s are welcome to join us for the 10am service.

Please register by December 2, 2022.