St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
Thursday, July 31, 2014
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Parish Weekend at Shrine Mont:
Friday, June 20-Sunday, June 22, 2014 | Registration (deadline extended!)
Disconnect to Reconnect: Plugging into What Really Matters
During a parish weekend that provides opportunities to reconnect with one another and with God, join Pam Stacey, LPC, RN, to discuss ways to unplug from technology and plug back into our relationships.
In our world of increased and increasing use of technology, it's important to take stock of the effects of technology on our most meaningful relationships. How do we "unplug" and still maintain our responsibilities at work, our other activities and even our relationships, where being plugged in and available is so important? Can we develop a time management system to include periods without technology in order to spend quality time with those we love, including time for ourselves?
Coming to the table as a community to enjoy each other's company and conversation is one of Jesus' teachings. It shows us the importance of community and fellowship among friends, within the family, and more broadly across the community.
What better setting for considering such questions than Shrine Mont?
Pam Stacy is an RN, Integrative Health Coach, and Licensed Professional Counselor. The basis of her coaching practice is to help others achieve a balance in the life in order to enjoy all areas of life. Pam received her training in Integrative Medicine at Duke University.
Shrine Mont Project Team
Ben Emerson and Emily Cobb, leaders
Anne Townsend, Erin Townsend, James Hoffman, Andy Luke and Jan Locher
What is Shrine Mont?
Shrine Mont is the home of the Cathedral Shrine of the Transfiguration—the cathedral of the Diocese of Virginia. It is “a place where people give thanks to God for his creation — from the beauty of the streams, flowers and wildlife which are at home here, to the people who come to this place to celebrate being part of the family of God,” as beautifully stated on Shrine Mont’s Web site. St. Stephen’s annual parish weekend at Shrine Mont is designed to bring us together through fellowship, recreation, reflection, worship and song, all in a lovely setting featuring wildlife, fresh air, blue skies, springs, and friendly people.
The property features a spring-fed swimming pool; hiking trails for various skill levels; tennis courts; large fields for soccer, volleyball, softball, etc.; and plenty of porches with rocking chairs.
Who should come to Shrine Mont?
Shrine Mont is a special place for all people–individuals, couples and families. It is a restful place apart from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Once you arrive, everything is taken care of, and you can do as much or as little as you desire. Activities are organized for Friday night, after dinner, and Saturday morning. After lunch Saturday, various leisure activities are available: hikes, tennis, swimming, reading, napping, conversation. Saturday evening activities bring everyone together. Our Sunday morning worship service is held at the outdoor cathedral, a natural setting where God’s presence can easily be felt.
Those who experience Shrine Mont enjoy treasured memories. With a church the size of St. Stephen’s, attending the parish weekend at Shrine Mont helps both new people and longtime members connect and reconnect, forming relationships that last.
Costs and registration
Costs include room, meals and program. Costs are the same as they were in 2013!
Adults: double occupancy $175 per person ($195 per person single occupancy, if available)
Children ages 8-12: $110 per person
Children ages 4-7: $60 per person
Children under 4: no charge
Child care for children age 3 and under is available for an additional charge (TBA), if requested in advance. (Children age 4 and older will have supervised activities which are included in the program costs.)
Donations are most welcome; they help make scholarship assistance possible and thus assure the widest possible participation in the parish weekend.
Registration: Online registration (preferred) is available here. After you register, you will receive an invoice. Once you receive the invoice, please send a check payable to St. Stephen's Church to the church office along with the invoice. Credit and debit cards are also accepted if you come to the office during regular office hours (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday). Payment in full is required in order to hold your place.
If you prefer to use a paper registration form, please stop by Information Central (the large information table in the parish house across from Palmer Hall) to pick up a printed brochure.
To learn more about Shrine Mont, visit the conference center's Web site.