Youth Trips & Retreats

Our JH & HS Youth Ministries participate each year in regular retreats & mission trips, focused on growing in faith, fostering an empowering community for students, & serving others in the world around us.  Our upcoming dates for these experiences are as follows:

Junior High / Confirmation Lutherdale Retreat -March 19- March 21

Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church invites all high school students to the Lutherdale Bible Camp Retreat March 19 - 21, 2021. The Retreat includes bible study, games, music and social activities. This is an excellent opportunity for faith, fun and fellowship for our youth. Our experience with Lutherdale is that they provide a very positive, meaningful and memorable experience.

The cost of the Retreat is $25 per student (the church Endowment Fund will be paying the remaining $150) and includes two nights lodging and four meals. Students will need a sleeping bag, pillow, outfits, and clothing appropriate for both indoor and outdoor activities.

The registration form and additional information is below. We will carpool from the church at approximately 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 19 (we will either stop for dinner on the way to Lutherdale or have a pizza party at the church before we leave – please bring $10 for dinner) and return to the church at approximately 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 21.

Click HERE for the Lutherdale Retreat Information 

Click HERE for the Hope Retreat Information

Click HERE for the Lutherdale COVID-19 Waiver Form

For Lutherdale Covid – 19 safety protocols. Please see the attachment or check out their video at the following link

Registration forms, insurance information, Copy of insurance card, covid – 19 waiver of liability & indemnity agreement, and $25 payment are due to the church office no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 1.

We will need volunteers to carpool to Lutherdale on Friday night and to carpool home from Lutherdale on Sunday morning. Please contact me if you are able to carpool on Friday and/or Sunday.

If you have any questions please contact Jenny LaRose at or (815)954-1258.

We are so excited for this event!  It is always such an amazing weekend!  We can’t wait for you to join us for all the fun and fellowship!

Many Blessings,

Jenny LaRose

Recent Trip Highlights from 2019: 

On July 18-21st, our Youth Ministries students & adult volunteers went on their 1st-ever "Service Festival Weekend" - a 4-day event consisting of back-to-back days of community outreach & serving opportunities.  Throughout this experience, students volunteered with the Youth & Family Center of McHenry County, Feed My Starving Children, Share Our Spare in Chicago, & by walking with our church float in the McHenry Fiesta Days Parade!

To watch our "Service Festival Weekend" recap video, click here:

On Sunday, July 28th, some of our students even helped lead worship, as they shared their highlights & key takeaways from their "Service Festival Weekend" experiences.  The message that weekend focused on how even though students have trudged through quite a difficult year so far - with losses, heartaches, & pressures surrounding them on a regular basis - God can still use hurting people, to give hope.  The video recap linked above reiterates this message.

For a brief recap of what our students had to share on July 28th, click here:

Thank you to everyone who has shown us support, encouragement, & has donated their resources & time into our Youth Ministries.  We thank God for you, & for what he's continuing to shape together!






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Pastor Thomas E. Rogers Jr.

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404 N. Green Street, McHenry, IL 60050

Our Mission is to LOVE people wherever they are, LIVE the Grace of God in Jesus Christ, and GROW in faith and service

(Ratified on Sunday, January 26th, 2020 at our Annual Meeting.)

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