Fall Retreat 2018: Final Details

All set for the 2018 Fall Retreat? Here’s everything you need to know to have a great weekend!

Waivers All participants must fill out 2 waivers:

  1. Camp Canaan waiver 
  2. Youth Release & Covenant 2018-2019 (if not already completed)

Departure Please arrive at 7:30 pm and bring all luggage to the front porch of the Congregation House. Then come inside to register and turn in or fill out waivers. We will leave by 8:00 pm.

Return Sunday at noon

Transportation Camp Canaan is an hour away and we will be traveling there in the church bus & retreat leaders’ personal vehicles

General Packing List

  1. Clothes, jackets, and shoes that can get dirty and are appropriate for the weather (we will be spending a lot of time outside)
  2. Pillow and sleeping bag or blankets & sheets
  3. Bible, notebook, pen
  4. Reusable water bottle
  5. Toiletries
  6. Towel and washcloth
  7. Personal medication
  8. Flashlight
  9. Nut free snack to share (s’mores ingredients are a great choice)
  10. Frisbee (optional, but there is a great disc golf course on the island!)
  11. Camera (optional)

Electives Packing List

Visual Art Favorite art supplies (markers, pastels, etc.), clip board or other hard surface for drawing (we will have art supplies for everyone to use, just feel free to bring your own if you have favorites)

Solo Reflection Camping chair or blanket (for sitting on outside), Bible, pen/pencil, notebook, any devotional materials of your own that you like to use

Music Instrument and accessories (or your voice)

Leadership Nothing extra required

Do Not Pack List

  1. Anything illegal: drugs, alcohol, weapons, fireworks, medication you do not have a prescription for
  2. Mining equipment
  3. Anything with a screen (see below)

Technology Free Weekend Please do not bring phones, laptops, tablets, and anything else that has a screen or needs charged. Car/bus rides are also technology free. Any technology items that appear will be held by the leaders and returned at DCPC on Sunday. If anyone has any questions/concerns about this, please let me know in advance! Why is this important? The irony of our technology is that we use it to connect to others and build community, but we often do that at the expense of building community with those we are physically present with. Having a technology free weekend will enable us to be present and connected with our retreat community. Possible exceptions to the no screen rule: smart watches, digital cameras, e-readers.

We’re Teaching This Our theme for the weekend is the series Into the Wild and here’s what it’s all about:

Sometimes God calls us to take a step of faith—a step out into the wild. We don’t know where God is leading, but we know God is asking us to trust and follow. In this series, we look at how Abraham followed God’s call into the wild, we’ll see that we can find the courage to do the same.

Parents: get more details and ideas to try at home in the Parent Cue.

We’re Doing This

Depart DCPC/Arrive at Camp Canaan
Group meeting (welcome, expectations, schedule, etc.)
Group game
Lights Out

Wake up/Breakfast
Big Group & Small Groups
Big Group & Small Groups
Climbing Tower & Free Time
Group Game
Campfire & Vespers
Lights Out

Wake up/Breakfast/Packing
Small Groups
Depart Camp Canaan/Arrive at DCPC

Cancellations We have paid for all youth who are going at this point and cannot provide any refunds.