2018 Retreat

Dear Friends,
Please join us at this year’s ALL PARISH FALL WEEKEND October 26-28, 2018 at the Barbara C. Harris Camp and Conference Center in Greenfield, N.H. This is a special time in our parish life, when we can focus on our relationships with one another as we eat, worship, sing and play together over the course of three days. We try to make the weekend affordable for all. Please contact Chris and Janet Needham if you would like to  help with the weekend activities.

To register, we ask that you mail the attached registration form and your check to the church office by Monday, September 10 if you can. We need to give the camp our guaranteed registration numbers that week to hold the cabins and lodge rooms we have reserved.

The theme for this year’s parish weekend is REDEEMER REBOOTS. Step outside your busy life, hit the pause button, and spend quality time with your parish family, letting the Barbara C. Harris Camp and Conference Center house and feed you in a beautiful lake-front setting. The weekend will offer separate Saturday morning programs for adults, teens and elementary-aged children, as well as time to play, sing, and worship together. As always, there will be time to reflect and talk in small groups about various areas of interest.

Olivia Amadon will again join us to offer the children’s program. The camp staff will lead the teens (12+) in a challenge course, which will include team building and low ropes.

Most of us will arrive sometime Friday evening. Plan to have dinner on your own before you arrive. We will gather at St. John’s Lodge at the camp for some social time and a fun activity. Bring snacks and/or a beverage to share. (soft drinks, beer or wine)

After lunch on Saturday, there will be plenty of time to walk, play or have some quiet time. Lance Conrad has agreed to lead the afternoon intergenerational games and activities. If you like to fish, bring along your rod, and join the anglers on the waterfront. (New Hampshire fishing licenses are required for everyone age 16 and older and are available online: https://www.nhfishandgame.com)

We would like to again offer a book discussion group on Saturday afternoon. Please let us know if you have a book suggestion and/or would be interested in facilitating this activity.

Before dinner on Saturday, we will have a social hour for adults and a movie and/or quiet games for children. After dinner on Saturday evening Rev. Andrew will present slides and stories from his sabbatical, followed by singing around the campfire and s’mores. Be sure to bring a headlamp or flashlight, and warm clothes (including hats and gloves) as it could be very cool after the sun goes down.

Sunday morning is dedicated to worship preparation and our Eucharist service. Traditionally, the youth have accepted the challenge of presenting the Gospel in dramatic fashion.  The program ends after lunch on Sunday. We ask on the registration form if you plan to leave before this final meal, so the kitchen does not prepare too much food.

We hope you can come!


What is the venue like?

The Barbara C Harris Camp and Conference Center is owned by the Diocese of Massachusetts.  It is a lovely facility, about an hour and a half away from Lexington. The camp is only about 15 years old, so the cabins and facilities are in good shape, with running water and heat. The lodge rooms are clean and quite basic, but have private bathrooms.  The regular cabins hold 8-12 people.  We also have the Bunk House this year and it is configured similar to two cabins with 8 beds or each side.  People may be put together, but families are not split up.  Please let us know if there is a family or other adults with whom you would like to share a cabin.

Is there a lot of walking to get from place to place?

Most of the group activities are located in the Doran Center, a function hall near the lake, a 5-10 minute walk down a dirt road from the Dining Hall. We will have a car or golf cart available for anyone who needs assistance. It is a good idea to wear sturdy footwear.

What about meals?

Meals are served buffet style, and we eat at 8-person tables. The kitchen does a great job in meeting dietary needs/ requests, so be sure to mention any restrictions on your registration form.  One of the great aspects of the weekend is to “mix it up” from meal to meal and spend time with a variety of folks. Some families prefer to sit together, while others like to spread themselves around. Redeemer has a section of the dining hall reserved, so you will be eating with only our group.

Is there WIFI?

Cell service is spotty and WIFI is weak. Do not count on WIFI access.

Do I have to participate in everything?

You may join in everything, or nothing!   Most people attend the Saturday morning program, Sunday worship and meals. Saturday afternoon is really free time. We offer a few activities for those who wish to participate, but many people choose to “do their own thing”.

What does it cost?

The prices are listed on the registration form. The camp charges us on a per person basis depending on the lodging.  Prices include two nights and five meals. There are no discounts for a single night, or only four meals.   Unfortunately the cost is the same for teens 13 and over and for adults.  We provide a family cap to help make the retreat accessible to families.  We want to make sure that cost is not a factor and that everyone has an opportunity so come, so there is confidential financial assistance available – see the registration form for details.

What about if I can only come for the day?

We will try to arrange transportation, or facilitate carpools for anyone who would like to come for the day. You are welcome to stay until 5 PM.  Lunch is included.  The camp charges $35 for day visitors.