“A New Heaven and a New Earth: Jumpstarting Enduring Connections to Rock Point” will be conducted on Friday, June 5, 2015 and Saturday, June 6, 2015. Using John Philip Newell’s book, “The Rebirthing of God: Christianity’s Struggle for New Beginnings” as a starting point, the retreat will center around four reflections and accompanying activities, presented by members of the Rock Point intentional Community within the rhythm of Gathering Prayer; Night Prayer/Compline; Morning Prayer; and a closing Eucharist.
The schedule is:
Friday, June 5th – arrive any time from 2 pm to 6 pm. Registration and personal time, with crackers, cheese and beverages (fruit juice, water, coffee, tea) until 6.
- 6:00 pm – St. Michael’s Chapel for silent time, welcome and gathering prayer
- 6:30 pm – Dinner (and “housekeeping” announcements)
- 7:30 – 9:00 pm – First Reflection: People, led by Michael Hechmer
- 9:00 – 9:15 pm – Night Prayer/Compline in the chapel
Saturday, June 6th
- 8:00 am – Breakfast
- 8:45 – 9:00 am – Morning Prayer in the chapel
- 9:00 – 10:30 am – Second Reflection: Earth, led by The Reverend Jackie Arbuckle, deacon
- 10:30 – 11:00 am – Personal time
- 11:00 am – 12:30 pm – Third Reflection: Holy, led by The Reverend Susan Taylor
- 12:30 pm – Lunch
- 1:30 – 3:00 pm – Fourth Reflection: Practice, led by The Reverend Craig Smith
- 3:00 – 4:00 pm – Closing Liturgy/Holy Eucharist in the chapel
- 4:00 pm – Departure
Cost for the entire retreat, including overnight accommodations and meals, is $80 for a double room ($110 for a single) with registration by May 22nd. For those who wish to commute, rather than stay overnight, the cost is $45. Later registrations may be accepted, but there will be a late registration fee of $20 in addition to the regular cost. Each parish has received fliers and registration forms, or you can use the form online …
The retreat is for those already part of the Rock Point Intentional community, and also for anyone interested in learning more about it. It will be a time of engaging the Rock Point Vision: “To be a welcoming sanctuary of spirituality, creativity, community, education, training, and environmental stewardship.”
Anyone is welcome to come to the Closing Liturgy /Holy Eucharist Saturday, June 6th at 3 pm.