Outreach and Retreats

See below for local outreach events and information on upcoming retreats.

  • PULSE - Young Adult Retreat

    January 28 - 30, 2022 at Doubling Gap Center Camp YoliJwa

    For youth/young adults ages 16-21

    Cost: $60

    What is the Point? The point of attending PULSE is to help you find your purpose.

    By invitation only. If you'd like more information, please call the office for a brochure and to talk with Pastor Gary. 

  • Camp Yolijwa Winter Picnic

    "May the Forest be with You"

    Camp YoliJwa Winter Picnic 2022!

    Mark your Calendars for February 6th for our Annual Winter Picnic at #YoliJwa! Activities for all ages, picnic supper and Storm Trooper Training! Click HERE to get more info at our website!

  • Weekend to Remember - Marriage Retreat

    February 11 -13, 2022 at Hershey Lodge

    For married couples

    Cost: $350/couple (does not include lodging)

    Register here between January 4 -24th

         use code: ShippensburgFirstChurchofGod   

       to save 50%!  Only $175/couple

    Lodging:   Reserve your lodging ASAP, the event is Valentine's weekend and rooms are filling fast.  You can reserve your lodging now and register during the discount period.

    Cost at Hershey Lodge is $274. You are welcome to consider other lodging options.

  • Joy El Events and Retreats

    Many retreats are held at Joy El camps throughout the year.  You can find out more about the camp and register for their retreats and programs at www.joyelcamps.org  or call 717-369-4539

    Home School Retreat - New Discoveries

    9 am Thursday, Feb. 10th - 3 pm Friday, Feb. 11th

    Students Grades 1-8

    Speaker: Linda Lacour - Hobar

    Cost $66 for the first child, $49 for each additional

    Register by Jan. 20th to receive the discount prices of $62 and $47 respectively.

    Bible Adventure Weekend - "God's Story For You"

    7 pm Friday, Feb. 25th - 2 pm Sunday, Feb. 27th

    Students Grades 2-6

    Speaker: Christa Mast

    Cost $94.50  Register by Feb. 4th to receive a $25 discount. You pay only $69.50

    Mother-Son Retreat - "Taking Flight"

    7 pm Fri., March. 11th - 2 pm Sun., March 13th

    Mothers, and sons in grades 1-12

    Speaker: Hilda Colon

    Cost $167/ pair, $80 each additional child  

    Register by Feb. 11th to receive discount pricing of $157/pair, $75/additional child

    Father-Daughter Retreat - "Cultivating"

    7 pm Fri., April 8th - 2 pm Sun., April 10th

    Fathers, and daughters in grades 1-12

    Speaker: Dan Bolin

    Cost $167/ pair, $80 each additional child  

    Register by March 11th to receive discount pricing of $157/pair, $75/additional child

    Financial assistance can be requested to attend these events. Complete and submit an Eschenmann Fund Request Form. The forms are located in "The Gathering Place" in the "Church Forms" drawer.

  • GriefShare

    GriefShare features biblical, Christ-centered teaching that focuses on grief topics associated with the death of a loved one. The DVD seminar features nationally respected grief experts and real-life stories of people, followed by a small group discussion about what was viewed.


    Many grieving people find they are only beginning the work of healing when friends or family have returned to their daily life routines. Too often people, including Christians, tend to stuff their grief instead of allowing it to do the God-given work for which it is intended. Don’t allow fear of what others may think to keep you from what could help you.  Confidentiality is very much a part of this program.


    You will find encouragement, comfort and help. No matter what the cause of your loved one’s death, this is an opportunity to be around people who understand what you are feeling.   You will learn how to recognize the symptoms of being stuck in grief and that you do not need to live in bondage to certain emotions. You will learn valuable information about facing your new normal in life and renewing your hope for the future.


    We do not want you to walk this journey alone.  GriefShare will be held on Thursdays, Feb. 24 – May 19th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm in the Shippensburg First Church of God Annex.  Our facilitators are Phil and Bonnie Myers and Cherie Finkey.  To register, please call 717-532-8421.

  • Bible Adventure Program

    Children from James Burd Elementary, Nancy Grayson Elementary, and the Shippensburg Area Intermediate School are brought to the church for one hour of spiritual education during the school year. Contact Shirley Negley for more information.

  • PMI

    Pregnancy Ministries, Inc.

    Serving those with crisis pregnancies from a pro-life perspective.  Volunteer opportunities available. Contact Robin Kell at 717.532.4446 for more information or Maggie or Deb at the Chambersburg Center at 717-267-3738.

  • C.A.N.

    Christ Among Neighbors

    Community wide ministry to meet a wide array of needs.  Donate or volunteer. Located at 130 South Penn Street. Contact Darlene Meyers at 717.532.7577 for more information.

  • Web sites we Recommend.

    -- The Story....How it all began and how it will never end. Following the Creation, Fall, Rescue, Restoration outline, this page shows how to personally begin with God and how that fits into His overall plan for the world.  Click Here

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