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High School Retreat
October 14-16, 2022


Loving God & Loving My Neighbor

When Jesus is asked, “What is the greatest commandment?” he replies by talking about two loves: “Love God and love your neighbor.” With these words, Jesus summarizes the Jewish law and what it means to live as God’s people in the world.

Living Your Faith is a high school retreat that will focus on these two loves. We’ll gather for worship, to listen to God’s word, and to spend time reflecting upon what it means to love God with our whole being. We’ll also spend time playing, eating, talking and serving—while learning to encounter and love our neighbors with the love God reveals in Jesus Christ.


Living Your Faith begins Friday evening and concludes Sunday afternoon. The schedule includes time for worship, teaching, small groups, service and recreation.

What to Bring

Bring your whole youth group—your youth, youth pastor, adult volunteers—everyone! This is a time for your group to grow together. Individual young people are welcome too. Each group should bring a van, cooler and water jug for our service time out in the community. Participants should also bring the following:

  • Sleeping bag
  • Pillow
  • Air mattress (optional)
  • Bible
  • Notebook and pen/pencil
  • Appropriate clothes for the weekend
  • Toiletries (shampoo, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste)
  • Towel for showering

Meals will be provided by Creative Dining, Northwestern’s food service provider, and served in the DeWitt Cafeteria on campus. All meal costs are covered. LYFers will also have access to other NWC facilities, including the DeWitt Learning Commons and the Rowenhorst Student Center/DeWitt Fitness Center.


Living Your Faith costs just $20 per person up to a maximum of $100 per youth group.

Northwestern College

Northwestern College is a Christian academic community engaging students in courageous and faithful learning and living that empowers them to follow Christ and pursue God’s redeeming work in the world. With an enrollment of more than 1,500, Northwestern is consistently ranked among the top-10 Midwestern colleges by U.S. News and College Consensus, and as a Money magazine best value. It has also been named a best college for spiritual enrichment by Christianity Today. Northwestern offers more than 135 academic programs and is committed to providing a standout education that prepares graduates to lead lives of significance.