Children's Ministry

The next 24-hour Children's Ministry Leaders' Retreat will be held January 19-20, 2018, at East Bay Camp. This retreat is for volunteers and staff, clergy and laity, who are engaged in ministry with children and seeking time away, new ideas, and fellowship with other children's ministry leaders.

The tentative schedule for the retreat is as follows:

Friday, January 19

4 PM                 Arrival/Check-in

                         Casual conversation, Resource Table available

5:30 PM            Dinner

6:30 PM            Welcome and introductions

7 PM                 Presentation: Free and Low-Cost Resources for Children’s Ministry

8 PM                 Evening Prayer/Compline

8:30 PM            Free time (games provided)

Saturday, January 20

8 AM                Breakfast

9 AM                Presentation: Yes! You Can Do Excellent Children's Ministry in a Small Church (or a church of any size, actually)

10 AM              Silent Time

11 AM              Presentation: IGRC Camping Ministry

Noon                Lunch

1 PM                Small groups

2 PM                Large group discussion

3 PM                Closing worship/Communion

Registration fees are as follows:

Before October 31: $60/person

November 1-December 15: $65/person

December 16-January 12: $70/person

Final registration deadline is January 12. For online registration, please visit our registration page. Questions may be directed to Beth Fender, 217-529-2611 or via email.


The following links have been submitted by IGRC members and friends of Christians Engaged in Faith Formation for use in children's ministries throughout the conference. If you have an original idea to add, please send it as an e-mail attachment to Beth Fender.

Apple Pickin' Time by JoAnn Overholt, Springfield Laurel UMC

Faith-Filled Summer

Advent and Christmas Ideas

Lent Ideas