Finding God in The Wilderness
About the Retreat
This retreat will provide you with tools and an opportunity to refresh and refocus by finding balance and centering your hectic surroundings to make room for your spiritual growth. Silent meditation, prayer and reading scripture are some spiritual practices you will encounter during this retreat. Take this time to quiet yourself, center yourself and focus on your connection to GOD and your relationship with your FWCC community. Walk the labyrinth, sing hymns, explore the garden, engage in silent or community prayer, fellowship and take meals with other members. On Sunday, the retreat continues through the celebration of World Communion Sunday with early morning prayer and meditation, Retreat themed worship service (with a Guest Preacher) and an International themed closing luncheon.
Registration for the Retreat begins in June and closes on September 14, 2019. Registration Forms will be available at the Information Kiosk following service. You can turn them into one of the team members* who will be available in the Atrium or mail it in to the church (729 West 181st Street, New York, NY 10033).
You can attend the full retreat or partial. There is also a youth component and childcare available.
Devotionals and Meals
As you journey with us throughout the day’s activities, fellowship with others and reflect on your thoughts and insights. Take the opportunity to journal throughout the day. We will provide breakfast, lunch and dinner. There will be a keynote speaker and garden activities.
Finding God/Wilderness Walks
There are five sessions on Saturday with your choice of activity for each time slot. Choose between various workshops, meditations, speakers and creative activations.
Track 1 or Track 2
08:45AM Retreat: Prepare Your Walk in the Wilderness
08:45AM The Labyrinth: A Road to Stillness
10:00AM Mindfulness & Meditation
10:00AM Contemplation and the Action of Prayer
11:15AM Devotion, Scripture and Reflection
11:15AM Holy One, Interfaith Religious Practices
01:15PM The Power of Silence
01:15PM Art’s Healing Properties
04:00PM Creative Writing & Spiritual Journaling
04:00PM Retreat: Reflect on Your Wilderness Walk
There will be workshops and activities for youth 4-18, including Journal Writing, Godly Play, Altar Building and other dialogues and activities. Youth will take meals with the larger group and participate in the final activities in the Garden and Songs in the Sanctuary. Childcare is also available.