Retreats and seminars

See below for information on upcoming retreats and seminars.

  • Surviving the Holidays - GriefShare

    Grief is harder around the holidays. 

    Know how to deal with the challenges.

    Facing this season while grieving can sometimes feel like taking one step forward and two steps back. But like a trusted guide, a 2-hour Surviving the Holidays event will prepare you to navigate the season’s changes. Grief is a very challenging emotion to process. Losing a loved one through death is painful.

    We do not want you to walk this journey alone. Shippensburg First Church of God is offering “Surviving the Holidays” on Thursday, Nov. 2nd and Monday. Dec. 4th from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. More than just practical tips, GriefShare Surviving the Holidays is a community of people who know what it’s like to walk through the holidays in grief. You will find connection and comfort in knowing you’re not alone this season. People who have attended repeatedly share how helpful this is.

    The same material is covered at both sessions, so please call to register for the date that works best for you. Any questions and to register, call the church office at 717-532-8421.

  • 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 is offered several times a year.  For information on the next session or to register, please call 717-532-8421.

  • 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 

    or call 717-369-4539.


    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.

  • 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

    --    For High School and College Students