Discover Your Anabaptist Filter

Registration is open for KNOW JESUS, an overnight retreat for 6th – 8th graders on February 4 – 5 at Hesston College! At Know Jesus, students can learn more about their Anabaptist roots through worship, service, and interactive activities. As a way to put our faith into action we will be raising funds for Numana prior to Know Jesus and then packaging meals during the retreat. To register, click here. Contact Melissa Landis at 215-896-4808 or email for registration information or with questions.

Know Jesus 2023 – Medical Release form

Numana Skit Youth Announcement

Know Jesus 2023 – Basic Schedule



Discover Your Anabaptist Filter, February 4 – 5, 2023

Hesston College
Campus Activities Center (CAC), 325 College Drive, Hesston, KS

KNOW JESUS is an overnight retreat for 6th – 8th graders where students can learn more about their Anabaptist roots through worship, service, and interactive activities. The event is organized by the Western District and South Central Conference Youth Ministry Committee of Mennonite Church USA, and hosted by Hesston College. Our goal is for youth to grow in their relationship with Jesus as they learn about the Anabaptist faith tradition. We hope that when they leave they will KNOW JESUS better than before!


Register online using this link

Registration is open until Sunday, January 22 

  • $60 per person (for both youth & sponsors)

  • $50 per person if traveling 100+ miles one way 

For registration after January 22, contact Melissa Landis at

Registering by January 22 guarantees your group’s Know Jesus T-shirts and meals. Registrations after January 22nd will be accommodated if possible. Registrations are non-refundable.

Pay online or make checks payable to:  “Western District Conference”, with “Know Jesus” on memo line

Send to: Western District Conference, PO Box 306, North Newton, KS  67117


In order to meet our commitments to safe sanctuary guidelines, please remember that each youth group must have one sponsor per ten youth of each gender who will stay the night with their youth. For example, if you have 1-10 boys, you must have one adult male sponsor to spend the night. If you have 1-10 girls, you must have one adult female sponsor to spend the night.  

  • Girls will sleep in Community Center and boys in the Education Hall

  • Accommodations will be on a carpeted floor, so please bring a sleeping pad or cot if you need one

  • Junior high youth must be in designated sleeping areas (12:00 am – 7:30 am)

  • REMEMBER!!!— sponsors are in charge of youth for the duration of their stay at KNOW JESUS 

Service Opportunity

Numana is an international hunger relief organization based in El Dorado, KS. Numana facilitates food packaging events that educate people about hunger while empowering them to serve the hungry. The nutritious packaged meals go to families all over the world. 

This is a two part service experience! 

  • First, we have the opportunity to raise funds for Numana in our congregations before Know Jesus.  We are encouraging a donation of approximately $50 per person attending or about $450 per church. 

  • We suggest gathering donations from your congregation and making a single donation rather than having people donate online individually.

  • During the Know Jesus event youth can practice living out their faith in a tangible way as we package meals together. 

Stuff to bring

  • Signed MEDICAL RELEASE FORM – you must have this to attend!!

  • Winter clothing for outdoor activities

  • Casual clothes for outdoor and gym activity

  • Sleeping bag and pillow

  • Bible, notebook, pencil

  • Towel, washcloth and toiletries if showering

  • Toothbrush and toothpaste

  • SPONSORS ONLY– flashlight for Anabaptist Game 

Things to remember

  • On Saturday, Feb 4

    •  12:30 p.m – Registration begins! Let us know if you will not arrive until after 1 pm.

    • 1:30 p.m. – Sponsor Meeting – please send one sponsor from each group

  • Food allergies/dietary needs should be listed on the medical release AND on the registration form. For specific questions, contact Hesston College Food Service Director Dakota Cox (620-327-8177).

  • Students are encouraged to leave cell phones at home or in the secured sleeping area during Know Jesus to reduce distractions and maximize our shared experience.

  • For further information, contact:  Isaac Landis, WD/SC Conference Youth Ministry Committee, 620-951-4035 or