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Closer Retreat

  • Great Wolf Lodge 20500 Old Highway 99 Southwest Centralia, WA, 98531 United States (map)

Dear Parent,

I hope this letter finds you well. If we have not met, my name is Kirby Alfaro and I am the Student Ministries Pastor at Sound Life Church. I wanted to make you aware of an upcoming two-night retreat at the Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound, WA. This is an annual Fall Retreat we put on to inspire our students to grow deeper in their relationship with God.

This year our theme is “Closer”. But, to us, this is more than a theme. This is the heart of this retreat. We want teenagers to get away from their normal routine and create space to grow closer to Jesus. Throughout the weekend, we will have three worship services dedicated to inspiring our students to pursue God at a deeper level and provoke a hunger for more of Him. I truly believe that this will be a life-changing experience.

Not only will this be an opportunity for your son or daughter to grow closer in their relationship with God, but this is also a great way for them to meet new friends, create community, and have a lot of fun.


Dates: October 6-8th (Friday night through Sunday morning)

Cost: $160
This includes everything (food, 2 night lodging, transportation, access to the indoor water park and the conference fee). We also have partial scholarships available. Please let us know if this is needed. We don’t want any student unable to go for financial reasons.

Guest Speaker: Greg Hartmann 

Departure and Arrival
We will meet at the church at 5:00pm on Friday. We are all leaving together on the bus.
We will return to Sound Life Church on Sunday during the 2nd service.

Water Park
In addition to our services, we'll be hanging out in Great Wolf Lodge's massive indoor water park. So bring a bathing suit!

We are providing breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Saturday, but there will not be dinner on Friday night, so make sure to eat dinner BEFORE you arrive. We will have breakfast when we arrive at the church on Sunday morning.

Each room will have 4 students and one leader. All of our leaders have a current background check on file, and are involved on Wednesday nights.

If you would like your son or daughter to go, they’ll need to sign up ASAP, because space is limited. They can do this on Wednesday night at service, or you can email me directly at Payment will be due by September 27th, but we will need to know who’s coming as soon as possible, so we can provide Great Wolf Lodge with a rooming list.

To pay online, go here:
Click "Quick give"
Fill in amount $160
Select “Students Fall Retreat”
Underneath "other comments" type in your student’s name

Extra Money
If students want to buy additional food/drinks or something from gift shops, they will want to bring some extra money.

More information can be found at If you have any questions about the retreat, please don’t hesitate to email me at


Kirby Alfaro
Sound Life Students Pastor

Earlier Event: September 23
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Later Event: October 21