Ministries Young Adults (18-25)

Converge Retreat

Converge Retreat, January 12-14, 2018 at Camp Caroline

Registration for the Converge Retreat will be open soon.  Please contact Pastor Daunavan if you have any questions.

Join us for our annual Alberta-wide young adults retreat at Camp Caroline. This retreat is for young adults aged 18-mid 30’s and is open to young adults from different churches*, denominations, walks of life, and stages of life (Married Couples and Young children are welcome but there will be no childcare provided).

Expect a lot of time to unwind, engage with God, make good friends, experience powerful times of worship and teaching, play sports & games, and enjoy a beautiful facility located in the heart of the Alberta foothills.

We are expecting higher registration numbers than usual, so please register soon to secure the cheaper rates (the cabins only hold about 120 people, so once they fill up we will be charging the hotel rate).

Worship will be Led by HopefulSon Worship Collective

This year we are excited to be bringing in the HopefulSon worship collective to lead us in worship. HopefulSon is a collection of musicians, songwriters & worship leaders based out of Alberta, Canada, who are passionate about creating worship experiences that make it easy to engage with Jesus. The heart behind our music, whether we are writing, performing, recording or leading worship, is always to draw people into moments of closeness with God. Our albums are comprised of songs we have written in our devotional time, both alone and as a community, which we believe are not just for us, but for the church. Our Hope is always that God takes hold of our music and uses it to draw his people into moments of friendship and joy with Him. (From their website) -  . Watch here

Speakers and Theme – "Your Kingdom Come"

This year our theme is “Your Kingdom Come” – During our general sessions we will be exploring what it looks like to live in light of God’s Kingdom in every area of our lives. Our speakers will be Pastor Daunavan Buyer from McKernan Baptist Church, Stephen Alksne from House of Prayer Edmonton, and Tim Pippus from Hope for Life Christian Fellowship in Calgary. We will also have numerous breakout sessions led by Friends from across the province giving each attendee the choice to learn about something specific to their current life experiences. 

The Facility and What to Do:

The retreat is very loosely scheduled. Outside of main sessions, there is no formal schedule for the weekend. This gives lots of time for people to build relationships, enjoy the camp, and unwind (yes, if you need to study, there is WiFi at the camp and time built into the weekend for this). Activities at the camp include a tubing hill, a swimming pool (with hot tub), a gymnasium, proximity (5 minute drive) to skating rinks in Caroline (if you want to play hockey), a beautiful property (for hiking and exploring), a chapel, and buffet style meals. We encourage attendees to bring board games, card games, and things to do with others. Click here for a map of the camp.

Getting there: 

We will be organizing a carpool from Edmonton on January 12 from 5:00-6:30. If you are going with a different group but would still need a ride (or could give a ride), please consider coming to McKernan Baptist Church (11103 76 Ave.) before heading out to camp. More details about carpool will be sent in later emails.


We have two types of lodging – Hotel style and cabin style.

Hotel rooms can have up to four people, each room has full mattresses and an en-suite bathroom. Cabin style rooms have up to 8 people per room and a bit smaller mattresses, but they are much cheaper than hotel rooms. (If you are using the student rate, that only counts towards a cabin-style room).

*This event is hosted by McKernan Baptist Church, Camp Caroline, and a few churches from the Alberta Baptist Association.

All of these rates are to cover the cost of the camp as well as subsidies for leaders and students. If these costs are prohibitive, please email Pastor Daunavan ( and we will be able to work something out to help with your cost.

Student Rate: $110 cabin only (does not change). Only 80 spots are available at this rate, so register now!

Leader Rate: $110 Cabin, $150 Hotel (per person)

Regular Early Bird (Before January 1)

  • Cabin (Dorm-style):  $125/Person
  • Hotel (ensuite bathroom & full mattresses): $190/Person

Regular After January 1

  • Cabin: $135
  • Hotel: $200

Married Couple/Family:  $320 (children under 2 are free/over 2 please contact Pastor Daunavan)

Click here for a map of the camp.

Young Adults - Camp 1

What to Bring

- Bible and  Journal

- Clothes and Pajamas

- Boots and extra socks

- Sleeping Bag/Pillow

- Toiletries

- Bathing suit/Towel

- Indoor Footwear


- Games

- Extra blankets

- Study Materials

- Flashlight

*Denotes Required Field
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Your participation in this retreat is on the basis that you are fully responsible for your own safety, and that McKernan Baptist Church (MBC) and its employees and agents will not be held responsible for any bodily injury or harm, accidents, property damage or personal loss however caused, including by the negligent act or omission of an employee or agent of MBC .