Middle School Retreat 2017!


Middle School Retreat 2017

November 17-19, 2017

Pocono Plateau

Cresco, PA

Check out their website here:

Why not Ocean City, MD?

We know! We’re shocked too! Unfortunately, the Alive Conference hosted by Maryland Youth for Christ for the last 29 years has decided to put their event on pause for now. You can read about it here:

But a change in location doesn’t stop us! This year we will be going to Pocono Plateau, a camp located in Cresco, PA. We have gone to Pocono Plateau many times before on other retreats and we are SO excited they had a spot for us this weekend!

Who is our guest speaker?

We are excited to bring our former Intern, Nolan Pierce back to NJ for this middle school retreat! Nolan served as intern at Hope from 2012-2014. Nolan, his wife, Anna, and their baby, Uriah, currently lives in California. Nolan serves as the middle school pastor at Sunrise Christian Church.

We are beyond excited to have Nolan join us for this weekend as he will bring the program and message. Additionally, he and Anna will lead worship for us for the weekend.


What to bring:

  • Bible
  • warm comfortable clothes (really, it will be COLD!)
  • pajamas
  • toiletry stuff
  • Sleeping bag and pillow
  • Bath towel
  • Jacket/coat (we can plan to do stuff outside)

What NOT to bring:

  • Any electronics including but not limited to: Cell Phones, tablets, laptops, music de- vices, video game systems, etc.
  • Drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, tobacco, fireworks (DUH!)
  • Anything that would be used for pranking (shaving cream, balloons, etc.)
  • A BAD attitude

Important Rules:

  • Love God with all your heart, mind, soul, and body.
  • Treat others the way you would treat yourself.
  • Relax & be flexible. No grumbling or complaining.
  • Smile a lot.
  • Be nice to Ashley!




Cost … $160.00 for the entire 3 day weekend. Which includes 2 nights lodging at Pocono Plateau, transportation, all meals on Saturday & Sunday and great worship and fun. Please eat dinner BEFORE YOU ARRIVE.

$160.00 non-refundable registration due to Dave’s 
mailbox in the office by October 22, 2017, permission slip must be included with deposit. There is a $25 late fee for registrations received after this date.

(Confidential Financial Scholarships are available—see Ashley or Dave.)

NEW THIS YEAR! You can pay online for the retreat! Just go to



Tentative Schedule:


  • 6:00pm  Leave from Hope Church, dinner on the way
  • 9:00pm  Session 1 & Group Activity
  • 11:00pm   Lights Out


  • 8:30am  Breakfast
  • 9:30am  Session 2 & Group Activity
  • 12:00pm  Lunch
  • 1:00pm   Free Time
  • 5:30pm  Dinner
  • 7:30pm  Session 3 & Group Activity
  • 11:00pm Lights Out


  • 8:30am  Breakfast
  • 9:30am  Session 4 & Group Activity
  • 12:00pm  Lunch
  • 1:00pm    Head Home
  • 03:30pm  Arrive at Hope

Questions??? Contact Pastor Dave.

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