a Northeast Chi Alpha Campus Ministries Staff Leadership Event

General Information

You might have noticed some changes recently. Valley Forge is going through some renovations, so we had find a new site for Incite this year. That search seemed to take us to the perfect opportunity with a small campus. The staff was great to work with, and the cost was lower as well. Then, just as we announced registration, we learned that the college had been sold (a surprise to the college staff). It was at that point that the Schreibers stepped forward. They graciously offered to host Incite at Erie First Assembly. Great fans of Chi Alpha, they are serving us in various ways and keeping our costs down. We are extremely grateful for the commitment of the whole church. They will be serving in the background in many ways to make this week work for everyone. We know this means extra travel for most everyone, and we apologize for that, but this partnership is a miraculous answer to prayer.



Erie First Assembly, 8150 Oliver Road, Erie, PA, 16509


Beginning and Ending Times


INCITE starts with dinner at 6:00 pm on Monday, June 17, and ends at 9:30 pm on Thursday night, June 20, 2019. Plan all departures for the morning of Friday, June 21. Please arrive at the front entrance of Erie First Assembly to check-in and get your housing assignment and staff gift bag.


Main Sessions


All of our primary sessions will take place in the Kids Chapel of Erie First Assembly. Each day, we will start with worship at 8:50 am and shift to small groups at 9:15 am. You will randomly be assigned to a group of 4 that you will meet with on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings. We will conclude each day at 5:00 pm.


We also have use of their gymnasium (located in the Erie First Assembly building), as well as The Summit, a multi-use facility of the church which is a short walk from the church.




Parents with kids will be staying at the Sparrow Complex, 11103 Rt 19 N, Waterford, PA 16441. This local AirBnB is owned by friends of Joel Schreiber, and is 6.5 miles, or ten minutes from Erie First Assembly. The rooms at Sparrow are hotel style, with their own toilet, sink, and shower and/or bathtub. Each room has a keypad outside the door with two keys inside. You will be given the code to the keypad to access the keys in order to get in your room.


Married staff with no children and all single staff will be staying at Family First, a sports complex directly across the street from Erie First Assembly. Each of the rooms is a standard size room with two or more single beds, some of which might be bunk style, and all have dressers and closet space. Single staff will be asked to designate their one roommate choice in the registration process.


Note: None of the rooms in Family First have their own toilet, sink, and shower. Family First has modern community bathroom/shower areas on each floor with private showers, sinks, toilets, and mirrors. We will have signs indicating the bathroom/shower areas that are designated for women and girls, and another one for men and boys.


Bedding, towels, pillow/case and blanket are provided in both the Sparrow Complex and Family First. You may want to bring an extra blanket, towel, and washcloth. In addition, consider bringing shower shoes (i.e., flip-flops) and a toiletries kit, since you’ll have to leave your room to get to the bathroom/shower unit on your floor.


Laundry facilities are available at the conference.




Breakfast and lunch will take place in the Erie First Assembly cafeteria. Breakfast is at 7:30 am, and lunch at 12:00 noon. The opening night (June 17) dinner will take place at The Summit, at 6:00 pm. Weather permitting, we will have dinner on Tuesday at 5:30 pm at one of the local beaches of Lake Erie, approximately a half hour from the church. Please bring swimwear, blankets to sit on, and towels in case you want to get in the water.


Dress Code


There is no dress code at Erie First Assembly for those attending INCITE.




The conference will have WI-FI provided. Information about using Erie First Assembly’s wifi service will be in the staff packets handed out at check-in.




Free parking at the Sparrow Complex, Family First, the Summit, and Erie First Assembly will be available during INCITE.


Child Care


Northeast Chi Alpha will again provide a Chi Alpha Missionary Kid (XAMK) experience that will take place at Erie First Assembly. There will be no cost for children to participate in the XAMK fun at INCITE.


We have a fully staffed team and program for children that is available at Erie First Assembly on Tuesday, June 18, Wednesday, June 19, and Thursday, June 20, from 8:45 am to 5:00 pm. If you are planning to bring your children to INCITE, please contact Lindsay Banton by May 1 so she can communicate the necessary information about the participating children to our XAMK team.


When you respond to Lindsay (lindsaybanton@gmail.com, 804-994-4099) by May 1, she will need your name, email and phone number, the name(s) of your child(ren), and their birthdate(s). Any additional information about caring for your child(ren) while they are at INCITE would be helpful at that time.


Parents who elect to utilize our XAMK services will need to meet the XAMK team and handle an initial sign-in process after dinner on Monday, June 17. Parents should come ready to register their child(ren), give contact/emergency information, medicine/allergy info, and any instructions that our XAMK staff would need to properly care for the children.


After breakfast each of the three mornings in the Erie First Assembly gymnasium, the XAMK team will receive your children and escort them to the XAMK space, which is down the hallway from the gymnasium. You can plan for your children to be involved in the XAMK experience starting at 8:30 am and pick them up at 5:00 pm on those three days. Our XAMK team will handle getting children to and from lunch on all three days. Parents will get a chance to see the XAML facilities at check-in on Monday, June 17.


Information about cots being available for toddlers that nap is being looked into, but portable cribs should be brought by the parents for their infants.


There will be a room at Erie First Assembly for parents with infants to sit and listen to the main sessions.


If you have more specific questions about the INCITE XAMK effort, you can contact Lindsay Banton, at lindsaybanton@gmail.com or call her at 804-994-4099.




Mike Olejarz 617-750-6334is492@aol.com