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Tell Me About ALiVE

ALiVE is our annual synod middle-school retreat. Our annual fall retreat is scheduled for September 23-25, 202, at Camp Nawakwa. Yep, this will be the second ALiVE Event in 2022, as we held our rescheduled 2021 at Nawakwa, the weekend after Easter.   Congregations from across our synod gather with their adult advisors and youth for this traditionally early fall weekend that includes large group gatherings with singing led by our ALiVE Alumni Band, theme-centered videos and stories, and games, interspersed with small group gatherings, where youth gather with peers and a small group leader, to converse about the theme and it’s impact in their lives of faith. It’s a great event for your Confirmation students and classes.

The weekend also includes crafts, games, campfires, free-time, and community-building that allows youth and their adult counterparts time to deepen existing friendships, and create new ones. Congregational advisors can also count on the option of receiving some intentional continuing education. Plus, inspiring outdoor worship often highlights our last morning together at Nawakwa’s famous Upper Temple! 

+ This event is for 6th through 8th graders in the fall of 2022, so talk to 5th grade families NOW!
+ Event cost: $132.00/person ($50 deposit due at time of registration)

2022Theme Announced: ‘Created for…”
We will be exploring who we are becoming as children of God. There are four subthemes:
Created for Community: Esther
Created for Creation: Eve & Mary
Created for Care: Ruth & Naomi
Created for Communion: Miriam

Rather than one theme scripture, we are using four Biblical stories of powerfully faithful women, that will help set the table for our discussions…the names of those Biblical characters appear above, beside their corresponding sub theme. We will also introduce the stories of modern ‘characters’ that help connect the story of the historic Biblical character with the sub-theme, in an effort to help participants make the connection to their own lives.

Rather than one keynote speaker, there will be up to four clergy, one per session, who will be the Biblical storyteller that will relate the story and lead what we call our ‘Fed by the Word’ section of our large group sessions.

Each sub-theme will have an internal and external teaching component, or what does it mean to me to be created for creation, and what does it mean to those whom I encounter? We all have a role in caring for Creation for example. We also have a role to care for ourselves and to care for one another. It’s more than just ‘being kind’ however, an often overused expression. We will in some ways return to Created for Community on Sunday morning with Created for Communion. More than simply a way to talk about the Sacrament of Holy Communion in the context of worship, this is exploring our understanding of the movement from simply community, to what it means to ‘in communion’ with all the saints, for example.

Registration for 2022 Now OPEN!

We have shifted to a digital registration process. You can register and pay either your deposit or your registration in full, digitally at:  You will want to have basic contact information for participants and their shirt sizes handy, when you register yourself and your youth. We have included two forms below, to assist you in communicating this event to families. The Sample Parent’s Letter, explains the event, and the Participants Information Collection Sheet, designed to help you collect youth info for when you sit down to register everyone digitally. PLEASE, whenever possible, register as a group, as opposed to having parents register their child individually though the digitl portal.

Have your credit card or PayPal information handy when you register, if you are opting to pay digitally. If you would prefer not to pay digitally, simply choose the ‘invoice’ option during registration, print the invoice and mail with your deposit check. We do ask that once you have registered your group, please fill out the Cabin Housing Form (below) scan and email or ‘snail mail’ to the Synod Office for Faith Formation. Our synod has moved, so please note that our new mailing address is:
1959 Market Street, Camp Hill, PA 17011


Share this video link with parents, youth and congregational members who want to know more about ALiVE
Youth enjoy the community at ALiVE 2021 in 2022
Singing highlights ALiVE large group
We gathered around the font to remind us of the baptismal covenant that we are beloved Children of God

Download the other forms that you will bring along to the event, posted below:
ALiVE 2022 Flyer
ALiVE 2022 Cabin Housing List  (scan and email completed form with deposit, if not paid digitally)
ALiVE 2022 Registration Instructions Handout (one-page doc includes important registration details)
ALiVE 2022 Participants Information Collection Sheet (Give this sheet to families to collect data for digital registration)
ALiVE 2022 Sample Parent’s Letter
(print and give to parents to explain this event)
ALiVE Youth Covenant
ALiVE Adult Covenant
ALiVE Medical Release Form
ALiVE Child-Abuse Disclosure Statement