Spiritual Development

Historically and to this day, the YMCA is committed to putting Christian principles into practice through its many programs and its people who carry those principles forward.

The Y is interested in your spiritual and mental health as well as your physical wellbeing. To that end we offer studies, classes, times for prayer and other opportunities for spiritual strengthening throughout the year for Y members and the community. Here are some current ways you can plug into the Y spiritually. Watch the Events section of the Y website for upcoming events. New ideas are always welcome!

Campus Life

Campus Life High School ministry combines healthy relationships with creative programs to help young people make good choices, establish a solid foundation for life, and positively impact their schools. Like every ministry of YFC, Campus Life seeks to engage these young people wherever they are found as lifelong followers of Jesus Christ.

It is our goal to make our time with teens memorable and fun. We play tons of fun, engaging games, give out prizes, enjoy eating dinner together, and encourage conversation about a relevant life issue that most teens encounter -eg: bullying / substance abuse / depression /building healthy relationships / anger /  emotions / etc.

Monthly events are held and we encourage anyone interested in joining to come check one out. Learn more about us on our Facebook Page or by contacting Alisha, Campus Life Ministry Director via email or phone:  (E) abarnett@statelineyfc.org (P) (815)399-7203  


We have boxes for prayer requests in the Northeast and I.D. Pennock Family YMCAs.  At I.D. Pennock it is on the main floor in the hall outside of BetterLife Wellness.  At Northeast it is on the main floor on top of the bookshelf in the lounge area.  Anyone is welcome to place prayer requests in the boxes.  You can choose to be anonymous, or leave contact information if you want us to follow up with you.  A prayer team, and the chaplains’ team will pray over every request personally and regularly.  We invite you to share your concerns with us.  Strict confidentiality will be adhered to.

Prayer team

A group of Y members, staff, and other friends make up the prayer team.  The team prays for all the requests that come into the prayer boxes, and are also asked to be in prayer for the Y in a general way.  If intercessory prayer is a calling for  you, we invite you to consider being part of this team.

Prayer gathering

There is an open time for prayer September- May, every Wednesday morning from 7-8:30am, in the Log Lodge at the I. D. Pennock Family Y.  Any staff, member, or friend is welcome.  We invite silent prayer, spoken prayer, and the opportunity to have others pray with and for you.  All are welcome! June through August, the prayer time moves to the dock on the west pond of Anderson Gardens.  Beautiful!

Weekly devotional email

Every Monday morning, a brief devotion is sent via email to Y staff and any members who request it.  If you would like to receive this, send your email address to: gschwerin@rockriverymca.org

YMCA Chaplains team

Our YMCA association is blessed to have a team of chaplains available to us for prayer, council, conversation, or any issue that might need their help.  Our chaplains are men and women of a variety of ages, ethnicities, and Christian denominations.  They are in place to help with the Christian ministry purposes of the Y.  Should you want to speak with one of them, contact Gary (see below).

Partnering in spiritual development

We endeavor to partner with congregations and ministries throughout the city to increase our spiritual growth opportunities.  If you or your congregation is interested in partnering with us to that end, contact Gary.
For more information about our spiritual development programs, to share a concern, to contact a chaplain, or to get on the email devotion list, Contact Gary Schwerin, Spiritual Development Minister, at 815-985-8796 (c), 779-500-0811 (voicemail), or gschwerin@rockriverymca.org.