St. George’s 2016 Parish Retreat: Go Tell It on the Mountain
Oct. 7-9, 2016
Shrine Mont is a place where people are more important than things; where prayer and reflection, rest and recreation are more important than appointments and tasks. Shrine Mont is where we connect as a community and finally have time to meet each other, laugh together, and share stories of difficult commutes and ….set life down for awhile. Shrine Mont is a place where kids play out in God’s own creation and we all give thanks for streams and flowers and ponds full of fish. Shrine Mont is marshmallows and memories—a place where we celebrate being part of the family of God.
We all love a good story, especially when it is about us! As children, we beg our parents to tell us about “the time when…” and every time we hear the story, it is like we are hearing it for the first time. Somewhere along the way to adulthood, we lose our touch for good storytelling, getting lost in the busy-ness of the days and other more pressing needs. As we gather for our annual parish retreat in the beautiful mountains of Orkney Springs at Shrine Mont, we will spend some time with that magical gift of storytelling as we revisit our story as Christians, as Episcopalians, as people in the world, and how we tell that story “on the mountain and everywhere!” Our guest speaker will be Dr. Chris Rollston, (whom we all have grown to love at our adult forums) who will help us connect with the biblical roots of our story. The weekend will offer many opportunities to reflect on our own stories, and how we can share them with those around us to help piece together the beautiful patchwork quilt of a beloved community.
The Shrine Mont retreat facility is owned and operated by the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia. Lodging is in a quaint old hotel and nearby cottages, all with private baths. Meals are served in the large dining room of Virginia House, the main conference facility. Tips are appreciated by the dining room staff.
Free time activities
Shrine Mont has something for everyone – unless you are looking for a TV! Activities include fishing, hiking, porch sitting, sleeping, playing music with friends, crafts, reading, playing bridge, HAYRIDES, games, wading in the lake…
Our own great NURSERY comes with us for childcare during adult programming and Saturday afternoon relaxation. It is a tradition that we have a BONFIRE on Saturday evening and we WORSHIP on Sunday morning in the beautiful open air shrine – the Cathedral Shrine of the Diocese of Virginia.
Also…Please don’t let cost keep you from attending this important St. George’s Community event. Scholarships are available for funding; speak to any of our clergy. Remember both sharing and receiving are nurturing elements in our Community growth. Funding requests will be held in confidence. If resources permit, please consider contributing to our scholarship fund. Donations will be cheerfully accepted and greatly appreciated. Questions or more info? Contact Jan Meredith at Jan.firstname.lastname@example.org or 540-373-4133.
Pictures from St. George’s Parish Retreat at Shrine Mont, October 9-11, 2015.
“Finding Grace in Unexpected Places; not all those who wander are lost”