Parish Retreat

Each year, the people of St. Paul’s embark on a parish retreat to Shrine Mont, an Episcopal retreat center tucked in the Shenandoah Valley that is home to the Cathedral of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia. Parishioners get to enjoy the natural beauty of rolling hills and mountains, and this tranquil setting provides a perfect backdrop to what the parish retreat is all about: growing in our relationships with each other and with the Creator.

This year’s parish retreat will be held from May 31st-June 2nd, 2019. Please email Minister for Faith Formation, Keli Cooper, if you have any questions.


Each year, our parish embarks on a retreat to Shrine Mont, an Episcopal retreat center tucked in the Shenandoah Valley that is home to the Cathedral of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia. Our parish retreat this year runs from Friday, May 31st-Sunday, June 2nd. Registration opened Tuesday, April 9th and closes Wednesday, May 8th. Please submit a completed registration form, which can be found here. Payment can also be made online here via cash, check, or credit card.

Cost: Please note that we have decreased the prices from last year! And we have scholarships available. Contact Keli Cooper for more details.

FAMILY CAP $275/ Family
Adult Double Occupancy $120/ Person
Adult Single Occupancy $150/ Person
Children 4-11 $40/ Child
Children 3 and under No Charge

Our theme is “We are the Church: These are Our Stories.” This weekend retreat provides us with an opportunity to learn one another’s stories and make new memories with one another at Shrine Mont. We will share meals with one another, worship in the mountains, socialize at night with tons of snacks, eat S’mores around a campfire, engage in workshops, share our talents in the talent show, and much more.

We will have a registration table in the gathering area on Sunday mornings from 9:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m. and following the 10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist on Sundays April 14th, 21st, 28th, and May 5th, so feel free to swing by! Registration forms will be available as well as committee members who can answer any questions!


Our guest facilitator is Diane Maloney! She will be leading the Friday night gathering time, one of the Saturday morning workshops, and the Sunday morning debriefing time.

Diane Maloney is a life-long learner and student trying to love all people well. She is a graduate of Eastern University and Memphis Theological Seminary. She currently serves Falls Church Presbyterian Church as their Director of Children, Youth, and Family Ministry. She’s set a goal to visit all 50 states by the time she reaches age 50, only 17 left! She also enjoys playing sports of all kinds, hiking, eating (specifically New Jersey pizza), and visiting friends and family. She lives in Falls Church, VA.


All three options are offered for both opportunities. Locations TBA.
There is childcare (5th grade and below) and youth group (6th-12th grade) available, as well!

Workshop Opportunity #1 @ 9:30 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
Workshop Opportunity #2 @ 11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Godly Play: Experiencing the Story of God’s People with Diane Maloney

In this workshop, adults will experience Godly Play, which is an alternative and interactive worship experience that is designed to inspire creativity. This particular story, “Exile and Return,” tells the story of God’s people in exile and their realizations there. This experience immerses you in the story and causes you to say, “I wonder…”

Walking the Way of Creation with the Rev. Bill Queen

You may be familiar with the practice of walking the Way of the Cross, or Stations of the Cross. This workshop will introduce a similar practice, using the creation story from Genesis and accompanying prayers and meditations, to walk with a new appreciation for our connection to God’s creation. You will receive a booklet which can be used during your time at Shrine Mont, or at other times, and either alone or with others, to walk prayerfully in natural surroundings.

What Happens When You Look Again? Re-telling Stories from St. Paul’s History with Chris Graham

Remembering isn’t just about the past. It is an act that actively creates identities for our present world and a statement about our aspirations for the future. This workshop will present familiar and unfamiliar stories from St. Paul’s history and explore ways to see them differently. Participants will then be invited to make new meaning from our old stories.

Other Important Information
**These are subject to change**
Lodging will be in Tucker Hall, Atkeson, DeRossi, Warner, and Peterkin
Meals will be in Tucker Hall, except for Friday evening in the Virginia House/ Hotel

“We are the Church: These are Our Stories”
2019 St. Paul’s Parish Retreat Schedule


Friday, May 31st (Childcare available 7:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.)
3:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Registration in Art Hall (EE on the map)
5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Dinner at the Virginia House/ Hotel (L on the map)
7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Registration in Chilton Hall (QQ on the map)
7:15 p.m. -9:00 p.m. Gathering Time in Chilton Hall (QQ)
9:00 p.m.-9:15 p.m. Compline in Chilton Hall (QQ)
9:15 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Adult Social Time in Art Hall (EE)

Saturday, June 1st (Childcare available 8:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. + 7:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.)
8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m. Breakfast at Tucker Hall (DD)
9:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Morning Prayer + Singing + Announcements in Chilton Hall (QQ)
9:30 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Workshops _______________________________
10:45a.m. -11:00 a.m. Break + Transition Time
11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Workshops _______________________________
12:15 p.m.-12:30 p.m. Transition Time
12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Lunch at Tucker Hall (DD)
1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Free Time
3:00 p.m. Hayride (all ages!) // Meet in front of Art Hall @ 2:50 p.m.
5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Dinner at the Virginia House/ Hotel (L)
7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Campfire // S’mores at the Fire Pit behind Stribling
8:00 p.m.-8:15 p.m. Compline around the Campfire
8:15 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Break + Transition Time
8:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Talent Show in the Art Hall (EE)
9:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Adult Social Time in Art Hall (EE)

Sunday, June 2nd (Childcare available 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.)
8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m. Breakfast at Tucker Hall (DD)
9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Transition Time + Packing
10:00 a.m.-11:15 a.m. Group Debriefing Time in Art Hall (EE)
11:15 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Transition Time
11:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Group Photo at the Shrine (if available)
11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Worship at the Shrine
12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Lunch at Tucker Hall (DD)
DEPARTURE! See you all next year!