Holmes annual Confirmation Retreats are one of our most popular programs! Explore faith and fellowship with youth from across NYC, Long Island, and the Hudson Valley. This program is designed to serve youth confirmation classes and their adult leaders, and includes meals, lodging, and programming for youth and adults.  

2024 Theme: Discovering Our Story
Lead by: Rev. Casey Carbone

About the Program
There’s nothing like a good story or listening to a good storyteller. But what about our story? And what about the story only you can tell? During this confirmation retreat, we will examine the power of the narratives we tell about ourselves, our communities, and God. Finally, we will see how you can tell your story to educate, advocate, and witness.

Meet our Leader
Rev. Casey Carbone (he/him) is the Director for Congregational Connection in Hudson River Presbytery. As a preacher, musician, and consultant, he believes in the power of listening to stories told by individuals and groups and encouraging people to feel confident in telling the story of their own life and faith.

Parent Information
Arrival – Friday, April 26 at 6pm at Holmes Nunemaker Building (43 Presbyterian Way, Holmes NY)
Departure – Saturday, April 27 at 5pm

Friday night dinner, Saturday breakfast and lunch will be served. Holmes can accommodate most dietary needs with prior notice. Make sure to provide this information during registration.

Nunemaker has bunks and shared bathrooms. Participants should bring sleeping bag, pillow (or other bedding) and towels. (A full packing list will be provided after registration.)

$149 Youth/$99 Adults
(Need based financial aid may be available. Contact 845.878.6383 ext 1 for more information.)

Church Information
Any churches sending youth are asked to send at least one leader or chaperone if possible. (If sending more than 8 youth, we ask that you send two adults.)

When registration opens, pastors or confirmation class leaders who would like to get your class set up for registration or would like more information, please email or call 845-878-6383 ext 1. Holmes will need the number of expected participants to provide you with your churches exclusive registration code. Churches will then provide parents and adult attendees with the code and direction to our Registration Page above. Parents must register their own children. (There will be important health, dietary needs and waivers that must be eSigned by parents and all adult participants.)

Once all participants for your church are registered, Holmes will send the church an invoice for payment.