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    December 11-13, 2020

    Advent Retreat

    Advent Retreat

    A quiet weekend experience that encourages silence, reflection, and a break from technology.

    It's not uncommon to get to the end of Advent feeling exhausted, sensing we missed the good news of God With Us in a season of buying and busyness.

    The Advent Retreat provides time and space to be present to God. It's an opportunity to attune yourself to the "still, small voice" as you prepare your heart for the wonder of Christmas. Through focused teaching segments and guided exercises, retreat facilitator Andrea Hampton will help you quiet yourself and listen.

    In addition to the short, directed sessions that will take place throughout the retreat, you will have ample time to rest and relax. Whether you find a chair overlooking the Chesapeake Bay, enjoy a long walk in nature, or go back to your room and take a nap, the schedule is designed to help you disconnect from your normal pace so that you can be attentive to God.

    If 2020 has you longing for an experience that will help you reorient your heart towards Christ, the Advent Retreat may be exactly what you're looking for.

    Andrea Hampton and Tom Ward talk about the upcoming Advent Retreat, their own experiences with silence and solitude, and the benefits of setting aside intentional time and space to hear from God.

    If you're new to the process, here are some helpful tips from Andrea, a veteran of silent retreats:

    • Reduce your use of technology by setting a daily limit. 
    • You may find it difficult to be in a posture of silence for so long — know that you will have succeeded just by starting! 
    • Keep it simple: Bring your Bible, a pen, and a journal. The use of music, books, and other devotional resources is not recommended.