Finding God in The Wilderness

"Clear the way for God in the wilderness; 
Make smooth in the desert a highway for our God. Isaiah 40:3-4

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About the Retreat

This year’s  retreat focuses on centering yourself  from your hectic surroundings to make room for your spiritual growth. “Contemplation is not so much a matter of transcending mundane existence as it is becoming present to the realities of the human experience.”— Mirabai Starr Silent meditation, prayer and reading sacred texts are just some spiritual practices you will encounter to provide you with tools and an opportunity to refresh and re-focus  to find your balance. Take this time to be quiet, be mindful and be focused on your connection to GOD.

On Saturday, walk the labyrinth, explore the garden, engage in silent or community prayer, worship and fellowship with your FWCC family.  The retreat continues on Sunday with the celebration of  “World Communion Sunday.”  There will be early morning prayer and meditation, a Retreat themed worship service (with a Guest Preacher) and an “International Potluck”closing luncheon.

There is also a youth component to the retreat and childcare is available. You can attend the full retreat or partial retreat.

Registration Forms will be available at the Information Kiosk Sundays following service, or online via the FWCC website. You can turn the forms in to one of the Retreat Team members* (available in the Atrium ) or mail to the church  at 729 West 181st Street, New York, NY 10033.

Register now! Fill out your registration form online or print out a copy and turn in at church.


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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.

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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

  • 08:45AM    Retreat: Prepare Your Walk in the Wilderness 

  • 10:00AM    Mindfulness & Meditation

  • 11:15AM    Devotion, Scripture and Reflection  

  • 01:15PM    The Power of Silence

  • 04:00PM Creative Writing & Spiritual Journaling

Track 2

  • 08:45AM The Labyrinth: A Road to Stillness

  • 10:00AM    Contemplation and the Action of Prayer  

  • 11:15AM    Holy One, Interfaith Religious Practices

  • 01:15PM    Art’s Healing Properties 

  • 04:00PM Retreat: Reflect on Your Wilderness Walk

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Youth Programming

There will be workshops and activities for youth 4-18, including Journal Writing, Godly Play 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.