The Spiritual Life Commission at Christ Church has joyfully sponsored weekend retreats for the last decade, and this year we will do so from October 1-3 in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Each retreat, we begin exploring and discussing our Spiritual Life Theme, and the theme for the coming year is “Be one body in Christ …belonging to each other” from Romans 12:5.
Our Retreat leaders this fall will be our Christ Church Rector, Father Manny, and our Deacon, Denise Schiavone. The program schedule includes lively and insightful discussions on Friday evening, on Saturday morning, and for a bit on Saturday evening. We then conclude our weekend with a special Eucharist in the Chapel on Sunday morning. In addition to retreat activities, we have a good deal of free time to visit beautiful Rehoboth Beach, and our location is three blocks from the beach in a quiet residential area. You can learn more about the Rehoboth Beach region, its beaches, and its attractions here.
The retreat campus is a beautiful beach home of the duPont family, and is now owned by the Episcopal Diocese of Delaware. The house has 11 bedrooms and can accommodate 32 people, and there are some spaces still available. Every room has its own bathroom and can accommodate 2-4 people. The house is comprised of a large living room, a reading/computer room with wi-fi, a cozy library, a dining room with extensive windows overlooking a small lake, a commercial kitchen for the catering staff, a resident kitchen, an attached chapel, a large deck, and a bonfire area.
To call this past year and a half "challenging" would be an understatement. Many celebrations, activities, and gatherings were canceled or delayed in the process. But as we now begin safely re-gathering, this unique and enriching parish gathering couldn't come at a better time. We have this unique opportunity to spend a refreshing and reflective weekend together in a relaxed setting and get to know or reconnect with one another, as well as deepen our connections as a family of faith.
The retreat cost is $265 per person, which includes two nights lodging and six catered meals throughout the weekend. We are obligated to pay a non-refundable deposit soon in order to hold the spot, and so are asking for a 50% deposit from each person attending by September 12th (the Sunday after Labor Day). The remaining balance will be collected on arrival in Rehoboth. Checks can be made out to Christ Episcopal Church with the designation Rehoboth retreat in the memo line.
If you would like to attend or have any questions, please let Ellen Boudreau Hoke know by speaking with her on a Sunday morning at church, by sending her an email or text message, or by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope that you will join us for this special weekend.