St. George’s 2021 Parish Retreat
October 8 – 10, 2021
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.
The Program…Reconnect to God’s Wonder – Cast Your Nets
Adults: We have all learned lessons about being flexible, re-imagining “normal,” and the importance of community during this pandemic time. We hope to offer a relaxed weekend filled with opportunities to reconnect with God’s Wonder—whether in nature, in catching up with friends, in meeting new friends, in sharing stories of the past couple years, in watching children play, or in quiet prayer. We will provide activities that you can choose to participate in—a nature walk, a small group discussion, a yoga practice, a prayer group. Or you may choose your own adventures! Our hope is to provide the space you need to reconnect!
Youth and Teens: Our young people have missed each other, too! We will provide special activities on Saturday morning for youth and teens to reconnect with their friends. On-site activities may include a nature hike, yoga, creative art, and games.
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…Scholarships are available to any parishioner; please speak to any of our clergy. Funding requests will be held in confidence. Sharing and receiving are nurturing elements in our Community growth—if resources permit, consider contributing to our scholarship fund. Donations will be cheerfully accepted and greatly appreciated.
Questions or more info? Contact Danielle Davis or 540.373.4133.