Parish Retreat at Shrine Mont
Friday, June 22-Sunday, June 24, 2018
Staff: the Rev. Stephen McGehee, Sarah-Keel Crews and Andy Russell | Early Bird Deadline: March 22 | REGISTER HERE
Each year, St. Stephen's offers an all-ages weekend retreat at Shrine Mont, a camp, conference and retreat center in the mountains of Virginia, about three hours from Richmond. Some individuals and families have been taking part for years, though each June, we are delighted that some people who have never experienced Shrine Mont before decide to participate. It is a wonderful way to get to know one another in a relaxed setting, and to reconnect with our spouses, children, friends--and with God.
What is Shrine Mont?
Shrine Mont is the home of the Cathedral Shrine of the Transfiguration—the cathedral of the Diocese of Virginia. It is “a place where people give thanks to God for his creation — from the beauty of the streams, flowers and wildlife which are at home here, to the people who come to this place to celebrate being part of the family of God,” as beautifully stated on Shrine Mont’s Web site. St. Stephen’s annual parish weekend at Shrine Mont is designed to bring us together through fellowship, recreation, reflection, worship and song, all in a lovely setting featuring wildlife, fresh air, blue skies, springs, and friendly people.
The property features a spring-fed swimming pool; hiking trails for various skill levels; tennis courts; large fields for soccer, volleyball, softball, etc.; and plenty of porches with rocking chairs.
Who should come to Shrine Mont?
Shrine Mont is a special place for all people–individuals, couples and families. It is a restful place apart from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Once you arrive, everything is taken care of, and you can do as much or as little as you desire. Activities are organized for Friday night, after dinner, and Saturday morning. After lunch Saturday, various leisure activities are available: hikes, tennis, swimming, reading, napping, conversation. Saturday evening activities bring everyone together. Our Sunday morning worship service is held at the outdoor cathedral, a natural setting where God’s presence can easily be felt.
Those who experience Shrine Mont enjoy treasured memories. With a church the size of St. Stephen’s, attending the parish weekend at Shrine Mont helps both new people and longtime members connect and reconnect, forming relationships that last.
This year's program
This year, adults will meet with Steve McGehee who will touch on themes from Brené Brown's latest book, Braving the Wilderness. In the current age of cultural polarization, people are becoming increasingly disconnected from each other. Dr. Brown offers useful insight into how we got here, and proposes practices that both challenge us and show a way forward to realize true connection and belonging. You do not need to read this book to participate in the retreat. However, if you want to read the book in advance, copies are available in the Bookshop at St. Stephen’s.
Children and youth will have their own programs led by Sarah-Keel Crews and Andy Russell, ministers to children and youth.
And of course, this spacious weekend offers plenty of time for rest, relaxation, and recreation.
Costs and registration
Costs include room, meals and program. The following are rates are in effect until March 22. After that early bird deadline, prices increase 10 percent. (We will accept registrations until June 1, space permitting.)
$175 per person (double occupancy)
$215 per person (single occupancy, if available)
$75 per person, age 4-12
Children under age 4 may attend free.
Donations are most welcome; they help make scholarship assistance possible and thus assure the widest possible participation in the parish weekend.
To learn more about Shrine Mont, visit the conference center's Web site.
Sarah-Keel Crews // 804.288.2867 // email