Winterfest has a long tradition of faith-formation with senior high and college students in our synod! Winterfest returns to a full weekend, scheduled for January 7-9, 2022, after a few years of a shorter single-night event format in 2018 & 2019.  Event registration will open in Spring 2021. Event registration includes participant’s two-night stay, breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday, and breakfast on Sunday. Worship concludes our time together on Sunday morning, and parents who are coming to pick up youth are invited to arrive early enough to join us for worship.

What to Expect?

Winterfest gathers youth in grades 9-12, college students on winter break, and their congregational advisors for a weekend-long immersion in Christian community, focused around a central theme. Large group gatherings feature keynote speakers and live music, that introduce the theme, and help inspire youth and young adult attendees to think critically about how the theme intersects their daily lives. Small group conversations allow participants to go deeper, and to explore the ways God may be speaking to them through the theme and the surrounding Christian community. Congregational adviors have opportunity to meet with peers for continuing education, networking and mutual support.

Youth and congregational advisors can look forward to a variety of social activities and games in addition to our faith-formation conversations and teaching. The community feel that has defined Winterfest for generations will also be a prominent part of this year’s event, alongside inspired worship and time for reflection and sharing. In addition, we will once again offer “ELECTIVES” in the afternoon block on Saturday. Youth AND adult advisors will be able to self-select the elective options they wish to attend, based on their interests.

Registration Materials

+ Space is LIMITED, and registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis!
+ Event cost for 2022: TBA/person ($50 deposit due at time of registration)
+ Read about our 2022 theme: coming soon

Download the application, group forms, and promotional materials, posted below:
WINTERFEST 2022 Registration Packet (detailed information on “how to” register)
WINTERFEST 2022 Parent’s Information Letter
WINTERFEST 2022 Flyer
WINTERFEST 2022 Bulletin Insert
WINTERFEST 2022 Group Registration Form (mail completed form with deposit)
WINTERFEST 2022 Group Housing Form (mail completed form with deposit and Group Registration Form)
WINTERFEST Youth Covenant
WINTERFEST Adult Covenant
WINTERFEST Medical Form
WINTERFEST Child-Abuse Disclosure Statement
WINTERFEST Electives PDF

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: TBA

Read more about our 2022 theme being announced soon!

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Pastor Carla comes real with the 2019 Winterfest audience

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Matt & Matt lead the Empowerment Project elective at Winterfest 2019

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Youth dance at the altar at Winterfest 2012, Lancaster Marriott
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Packing meals at Winterfest 2012, Lancaster Marriott
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Advisor Chuck B, at Winterfest 2016, Lancaster Host
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Winterfest crowd sings along at Winterfest 2016, Lancaster Host
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Agape fires up the crowd at Winterfest 2016, Lancaster Host
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Hanging with youth group friends at Winterfest 2016, Lancaster Host
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Emili S & Emma E, listen in during a 2019 Winterfest elective, Warehouse Hotel
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Members of the Winterfest Band take a backstage break at Winterfest 2019, Warehouse Hotel
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Pastor Dana brought a powerful and personal message of "Hope" as one of our main stage keynote speakers

Our 2019 event theme, “HOPE”

“We hope for something we have not seen, and we patiently wait for it,” writes the Apostle Paul in the 8th chapter of Romans, referring to the hope and confidence we experience, that God will keep God’s promises of salvation, thanks to the loving sacrifice of Jesus. But fostering and maintaining the hopeful love, grace, and forgiveness we experience from God in Christ, is hard to maintain at times, when the world around us seems to be lacking hope. Our teens are growing up in a culture where there are endless stresses placed on them related to their future, the constant threat of school violence, concerns about climate change and wondering if their future on Earth will be compromised, and countless other anxieties.

In 2019 we addressed how we can remain hopeful and foster hope, referring to it as “planting the seeds of hope,” and sharing examples of young people who are living lives that reflect God’s love, grace, forgiveness and hope! A powerful message leading into a very difficult 2020.

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