Outreach and Retreats

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

  • Family Life's Weekend to Remember

    Feb. 10-12, 2023 - Hershey Lodge, Hershey PA

    Regular price is $350/couple (not including lodging)

    Use code: ShippensburgFirstChurchofGod  by Jan. 23rd

                         to register at half price $175

    Contact Pastor Gary and Joyce Hornbaker for more information or click here for details and to register.

  • 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 "Creatures Big and Small"

    For students in grades 1 - 8

    When: 9:00 am Thurs. Feb. 10th - 4:00 pm Fri. Feb. 11th

    Where: Joy El, 3741 Joy El Drive, Greencastle, PA 17225

    Speaker: Bella Kauffman

    Cost: $69 for the 1st child, $51 each additional child               from the same family; Register by Jan. 19th for               discount prices of $65 and $49.

    Bible Adventure Weekend:

    "Welcome to Paradise" 

    For students in grades 2 - 6

    When: 7:00 pm Fri. Feb. 24th - 2:00 pm Sun. Feb. 26th

    Where: Joy El, 3741 Joy El Drive, Greencastle, PA 17225

    Speaker: Christa Mast

    Cost: $99 or register and pay in full by Feb. 3rd to receive a $25 discount and pay only $74.

    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.

  • Camp YoliJwa Retreats

    YoliJwa Young Adult Retreat

    FEBRUARY 17 - 19 2023

    If you are a young adult, we have a great opportunity for you!

    Join us for the Young Adult Retreat as we discuss how to be

    Deeply Rooted in the Lord.

    Cost: $112 per person fee includes: Two nights lodging, 5 meals, snacks and programming expenses.

    Lodging: Participants will stay in dormitory style lodging. Accommodations for married couples can be made in Lodge dorm rooms. Alternative lodging for married couples can be requested in a Mountain View Suite for an additional $35/night per room.

    Space is limited.

    What to Bring: Bed Linens or sleeping bags, pillow, towels, toiletries, winter clothing, notebook, pen and BIBLE!

    Dietary Restrictions: Camp YoliJwa prepares well-balanced meals for participants. Requests for special dietary provisions will be considered for medical conditions, not preferential diets. If additional information is needed, please contact the camp one week prior to obtain a sample menu.

  • 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.

    Spring 2023 Session:  Thursdays, Feb. 23 - May 18; 6:00 - 8:00 pm

    in the SFOCG Annex.


    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 is offered several times a year.  For information on the next session or 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 Nikki Miller 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.

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