Summer Youth Ministries

School is out (or almost), and summer is here. That means it’s time for summer youth events in the Diocese of Springfield. This message includes information and links for both of our wonderful programs. It’s not too late to sign up for either, so if you’re on the fence, go ahead and give it a try. It’s sure to be a great experience for your child or young adult.
In Christ,
Fr. Ben Hankinson

Called, Consecrated, Commissioned
June 10-16, 2018
St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, O’Fallon IL

As we approach the 4th year of the St. Michael’s Youth Conference here in the Diocese, we have learned a few things along the way.

First, Michaelites are called to the Conference for a season. It may only be one week a year, but for that week they are called away from the everyday life into a new experience. Over the course of that week, the youth explore the call of Christ in the midst of friends, new and old, to discover or remember anew who they are and who they are called to be.

Heeding the call leads to consecration, as we invite growth and dedication in the various aspects of formation: worship, community, catechesis, service, and more. The Michaelite grows in the knowledge of God and explores their own gifts from the Holy Spirit in order to pursue afresh the life of faith as they are consecrated for the work of the kingdom.

Thus, having heard the call and responded by the consecration of oneself, those who come for a week of fun and formation are commissioned to do the work given to each of them and to us all. Sent back to homes, schools, families, and churches, they take with them new knowledge and skills to love, serve, and even lead. They go forth to embody the Great Commission.

Called by Christ. Consecrated by the working of the Holy Spirit. Commissioned for the kingdom of God. That is who we are at St. Michael’s Youth Conference, and that is what we invite you and your youth to experience here with us.

Who is it for?  Youth ages 13-19, but if you’ve got a bright 12-yr-old or an enthusiastic 20-yr-old, please recommend SMYC. There are no prerequisites. Have someone interested but worried about classes? No worries, because Michaelites come from a wide range of ages and backgrounds.

What is it about?  Faith-filled fun and fun-filled faith through prayer and worship, conferences and classes, daily activities, and friends both new and old. Bishop Martins backs St. Michael’s so much that he is willing to accept two years attendance as confirmation preparation.

Why do we exist?  For the glory of God and the spread of the Gospel in the lives of youth in Illinois and beyond.

How Much?  Cost is $200. We encourage congregations to sponsor their youth (suggested value of $100 per youth). Need based scholarships are available. The last thing we want is for finances to prevent someone from attending. Get in touch with us, and we will make it work.

Registration Form 2018
Health Form 2018
Brochure 2018


Better together: God + You + Me

July 1-7, 2018
East Bay Camp, Hudson IL

The purpose of Episcopal Church Camp of Illinois is to provide both youth and adult participants with the extraordinary opportunity to live in a Christian community within the environment of the cabins, lakes, and woods of East Bay Camp near Hudson, IL. It is our goal that all participants will experience this life in Christ, the particular expressions of which may be somewhat different from what they experience in their home parishes; and that their growth in Christ may be enriched by these experiences.But don’t take it from me, hear what those involved have said:

“I learned a valuable lesson at camp. We are not building our relationship with God for this one week. Rather, we are building our relationship with God every day or our lives and choosing this week to strengthen it.” – Former Camper

“The first year I went I was expecting to make new friends but instead I left with a whole family of Christians.” – Counselor

“My kids come home with renewed excitement about Jesus and memories they will have for a lifetime. They look forward to it every year.” – Parent

  • $255 – 1st Camper in family
  • $230 – 2nd Camper in family
  • $205 – Each additional Camper in family
  • $127.50 – 1st Time Cost for a new Camper from a church in the Diocese of Springfield

Junior Session:  Kids finishing grades 1-4. We sleep in cabins with bathrooms and showers, but we are outdoors most of the time.

Middler Session:  Kids finishing grades 5-7. We live in screened cabins and shower in bath houses.

Senior Session:  Kids finishing grades 8-11. We live in a variety of cabins, some with showers and some using a bath house.

A Typical Day Includes:
  • Holy Eucharist
  • In session teaching by clergy
  • Good food at every meal
  • Water activities at the lake and pool
  • Opportunities for crafts, sports, games, hikes, archery, fishing, and more
  • Singing around the campfire
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