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2018 Retreat

June 15–17  |  Frost Valley YMCA

 

Each year, Trinity Grace takes a vision and prayer retreat as a church family.

Please join us Friday, June 15—Sunday, June 17 at Frost Valley YMCA in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York.

This annual gathering is an opportunity to know more about the heart of our church, seek God in the beauty of His creation, and enjoy a weekend among friends. Together we are joining God in the renewal of all things, and this retreat can be the catalyst to help you come to deeply know God and live a life of faith in Him, find your place in our community, and see the vision of your life released. Come and make new memories with us!

SPRING DISCOUNT: register by Sunday, May 13 to receive 20% off the regular price. Need some help? We want you there regardless of the price! Anyone is welcome to request a scholarship by May 31.

 
 
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Guest speaker

Lance Odegard, Lead Pastor at Artisan Church, Vancouver

We are delighted to welcome Lance Odegard to join us for our retreat this year. Lance is the lead pastor of Artisan Church, a congregation that began with the simple idea to help people to change and create change themselves. He sees himself as a co-creator with God to prepare an environment for those deeply skeptical and curious about church, for those invested in Vancouver's flourishing, and for those who want to live an apprenticed life to Jesus. He is interested in the intersections of faith and art, pastoral ministry and poetry, and neighborhoods and neighbors. Lance, his wife Aimee, and their four children live in Strathcona, one of the oldest historic residential neighborhoods in Vancouver.

 
 
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scholarship available

We want you to attend! Please don't let the registration cost discourage you from participating in the retreat.

Anyone is welcome to apply for a scholarship by May 31. Once all applications are submitted, we will be able to determine how many individuals can receive financial aid. All attendees are expected to contribute at least a small amount for the weekend.

 
 
 

Donate to the retreat Fund

As an extension of our Deacon’s Fund, we invite you to give generously to provide scholarship for our church family to attend the retreat. We want to give the opportunity for as many individuals, couples, and families as possible to experience the heart of the Trinity Grace community.

If you would like to contribute to our Retreat Scholarship Fund, please contact us or drop a check in the offering box on Sunday with the memo "PS Retreat Scholarship." Thank you for your generous donation!

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"Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth. The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress."

—Psalm 46

 
 
 

accommodations

We will be staying in Frost Valley YMCA lodges this year, which feature dorm-style sleeping arrangements. Lodges feature a common room, working fireplace, outdoor lounge areas, and a short walk to the dining hall, retreat meeting spaces, and other weekend activities. Here is an overview on the various options.

 
 
 
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family rooms

Families are welcome to enjoy their own private room and private restroom, sleeping 4–6 people in single twin beds and bunk beds. Please plan to bring your own portable crib for infants and toddlers. Mattresses are also removable to accommodate young children who can sleep on the floor. 

Smaller families can request to share a room with specific people. We can't guarantee your room request will be granted, but we will do our best to put you together with your friends.

 
 
 
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married couple rooms

Married couples are welcome to enjoy a shared weekend experience with other couples, featuring a private co-ed room and private restroom, sleeping 4–6 people in single twin beds and bunk beds.

You can request to share a room with specific people. We can't guarantee your room request will be granted, but we will do our best to put you together with your friends. If you prefer single-gender accommodations for the weekend, please note this request in your registration.

 
 
 
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single adult rooms

Single adults are welcome to enjoy a shared weekend experience with other adults, featuring a private single-gender room and private restroom, sleeping 4–6 people in single twin beds and bunk beds.

You can request to share a room with specific people. We can't guarantee your room request will be granted, but we will do our best to put you together with your friends.

 
 

meals

Healthy meals are provided at family style tables throughout the retreat weekend: from Friday dinner through Sunday lunch. The dining hall offers a vast array of options: from the typical kid fare to organic, gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan options. Fresh fruit is labeled with its origins.

If you have a dietary restriction or allergy, the camp is happy to accommodate it. Simply let us know in the registration form. Contact us with any questions.

 
 
 
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breakfast

Wake up to oatmeal, yogurt, fresh fruit, a cereal bar, and hot meal options, such as pancakes, eggs, sausage, and bacon. Plenty of water, juice, milk, tea, and coffee are also available.

 
 
 
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lunch

Get recharged in the middle of the day with a variety of hot meal options, fresh fruit, salad bar, soup of the day, and sandwich fixings. Plenty of water, juice, milk, tea, and coffee are also available.

 
 
 
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dinner

Enjoy delicious hot and cold, nutritionally balanced dinner selections. Plus all the fresh fruit, salad, soup, and sandwiches you want. Plenty of water, juice, milk, tea, and coffee are also available.

 
 
 
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snacks

We will provide snacks during our adult sessions and kids activities. Feel free to bring extra snacks to share during free times. There are also vending machines on the grounds. Please note: candy is not served in the dining hall or sold in the camp store. 

 
 
 
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drinks

We will provide hot and cold beverages during our adult sessions and kids activities. Feel free to pack extra drinks to share during free times. Plenty of water, juice, milk, tea, and coffee are also available at the dining hall throughout the day. Please note: soda is not served in the dining hall or sold in the camp store. 

Please plan to bring your own reusable water bottle and travel coffee mug for the retreat. We have limited options for refrigeration (for baby food, milk, or medication). Please plan to bring a cooler if you need to keep things cold in your room; we have access to ice throughout the weekend.

 
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“Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”

—mark 6

 
 
 

what to expect

We will center our hearts around a theme during the vision and prayer retreat. You will learn more about the theme as the weekend gets closer.

 
 
 
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weekend activities

Throughout the weekend, you can expect to participate in worship, teaching sessions, discussion groups, solitary prayer and reflection, church-wide games, family-style meals, and our annual talent show.

Frost Valley YMCA has a wide range of activities available during our scheduled free time: canoeing, hiking, swimming, ropes course, meditation, soccer, basketball, volleyball, archery, crafts, campfires, and more. A complete schedule of available activities will be shared with you at the start of the weekend.

Please note: Frost Valley has no cellular service, very limited WiFi service, no soda or candy, and very limited nighttime lighting... so plan accordingly.

 
 
 
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what to bring

Frost Valley is located in the heart of the Catskill Mountains in upstate New York. You can expect early summer temperatures between 45–65°F with an average 30% chance of rain. It gets particularly chilly at night and bright and sunny during the day, so plan accordingly.

Everyone is encouraged to bring a paperback Bible (so you can be screen-free), journal / sketchbook, and pen / pencil. We believe in a God who communicates His love and truth to us; and when He speaks into our hearts, it is a good and beautiful thing to keep a record of it. Then you have a place to return and trace God’s faithfulness.

Please use our trip planning site to organize your packing list. You can also request to borrow something from another retreat participant for the weekend. Don't forget to pack your own bed linens and towels as these are not provided in your lodge!

 
 
 
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kids and youth

TGC Kids and TGC Youth will enjoy their own camp experiences with trained and loving staff during the adult sessions, centered around the retreat theme. Our staff will facilitate fun adventures, learning activities, arts and crafts, indoor and outdoor games, and music for each age group. 

All families will have shared free time to explore the camp together. In the evenings, our staff will provide care in each lodge after bedtime so parents can unwind and spend time with friends.

 
 
 

transportation

You are responsible for your own travel to Frost Valley YMCA. We recommend you join a carpool or rent a car. Public transportation and trains are not available in the area.

2000 Frost Valley Road
Claryville, NY 12725

Please use our trip planning site to find a ride or offer available seats in your car.

 
 
 

arrival and departure

You are welcome to arrive at Frost Valley YMCA anytime after 3pm Friday to check-in and enjoy the camp before dinner and our first evening session. We will leave camp no later than 2pm Sunday after our morning worship and lunch.

If you can't take off work or leave early on Friday, please join us later in the evening or Saturday morning. Please note that the registration cost is the same, regardless of the length of your stay at the retreat.

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SPRING DISCOUNT: register by Sunday, May 13 to receive 20% off the regular price