2017 Men’s Silent Retreat
We are excited to invite you to our first
Men’s Silent Retreat at
Beautiful Birchwood Camp
Friday, September 8, 7:30pm-
Saturday, September 9, 9pm.
$75 per person includes meals, lodging, programming
(Men 18+ years, Bring a Bible, Journal, Pen, Sleeping Bag, Pillow, Towel, Personal Care Items)
Jesus modeled for us the importance of retreating in order to be alone with the Father. The Psalms give us examples of prayers offered while men were alone, seeking the face of God.
A silent retreat is an extended time in which an individual seeks to be alone with the Lord to listen and be transformed by His Word and Spirit. At a specific place for a specific amount of time, a person retreats (stops) from their everyday routine and relationships to meditate (listen) on God’s Holy Word and then do what His Word says (follow). The purpose of a silent retreat is to STOP! LISTEN! FOLLOW!
The goal for each participant is to open the Word of God and listen. A Bible and journal are all that is needed to bring. Good things, even music, books, instruments, computers, and cell phones can also keep us from hearing the voice of God through His Word and Spirit. Each person on a retreat is going to pray and meditate and listen for God’s agenda, not his own. As the Lord leads, we are confident that He will make Himself known in a way that will have a profound impact on each participant.
“From all that I said about our worried, overfilled lives, it is clear that we are usually surrounded by so much noise that it is hard to truly hear our God when He is speaking to us. We have often become deaf, unable to know when God calls us and unable to understand in which direction He calls us… A spiritual life requires discipline, because we need to learn to listen to God, who constantly speaks but whom we seldom hear. When, however, we learn to listen, our lives become obedient lives.”
— From Making All Things New, Henri Nouwen
- Friday evening — Travel to Birchwood Camp; 7:30pm Registration; 8pm Introductions, Orientation, and Instruction
- Friday evening 9:30pm – Saturday 6pm — Complete silence, including at all meals.
- Saturday evening — Break the silence at a feast and celebrate what the Lord is doing!