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Finding God in the Wilderness - Annual Church 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.

Some Saturday activities will be going on at the same time and you will only be able to go to one of them. Please pick one workshop for each time period, either Track 1 or Track 2.

                    Track 1                                                                                      Track 2

08:45AM   Retreat: Prepare Your Walk in the Wilderness    OR     The Labyrinth: A Road to Stillness

10:00AM   Mindfulness & Meditation                                         OR     Contemplation and the Action of Prayer

11:15AM    Devotion, Scripture and Reflection                         OR     Holy One, Interfaith Religious Practices

01:15PM    The Power of Silence                                                   OR     Art’s Healing Properties

04:00PM    Creative Writing & Spiritual Journaling                  OR     Retreat: Reflect on Your Wilderness Walk

See full Retreat brochure (available 6/23) for complete description of all activities.

Youth Programming

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. Children (4-18 years old) of parents who are attending the Retreat can attend the scheduled Youth Sessions at no additional cost.

Childcare is also available.