All-Church Retreat at Holmes Camp

All-Church Retreat at Holmes Camp

Friday, October 06, 2017, 12:00 PM - Saturday, October 07, 2017, 5:00 PM

Cost: $80.00

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Now that summer vacations are over, it is time to get in gear for our fall church events--our all-church retreat at Camp Holmes is one short month away!

The staff at Holmes are already asking for our numbers, and we need to know who is coming, ASAP!

The details are below. You may sign up during Fellowship Hour in the Church House Lobby after worship, or by contacting Wendy De Los Santos in the church offices, . Please read the information below, and let us know if you are coming Friday night and Saturday, or just Saturday, and how you plan to travel.

Once again we will travel to Camp Holmes for an all-church retreat. This gathering is for all ages! We hope many of you will come up Friday night for an evening of relaxed fellowship beginning with dinner, followed by games and conversation, and evening prayer before bedtime.  The Nunemaker Lodge has plenty of room—think indoor camping. The Lodge is accessible for those with mobility challenges. Those who have come up for Friday evening on previous retreats have had a wonderful evening of fellowship.

The purpose of this retreat is to spend time together as a church community, reflect on what it means to be a community, and look at ways in which we can strengthen it. We will spend time in the morning in group discussions, while the children have their own programming. After lunch, we will have an opportunity to enjoy the beauty of Holmes through a variety of activities—games, walks, hikes, perhaps a visit to the farm, or just sitting on the porch by the lake.

What is the time frame?

Dinner is at 7 pm on Friday night, but you can arrive earlier to get settled into Nunemaker and take a walk.

We will begin our Saturday program at 9:30, and plan on finishing by 4 pm.

How do you get to Holmes?

For those with cars, it is about an hour and twenty minutes north of the city.  In the past, several people have carpooled.

You can also take Metro North to the Southeast Station, and either another MAPC member or someone from the Holmes staff can pick you up at the station.

For those coming up on Saturday only, carpooling is an option, and we will also charter a bus, as we did two years ago, if there is sufficient demand.

What will it cost?

Friday night and Saturday, for lodging, 3 meals and day-use fee:
Adults: $80 (transportation additional)
Children: $60

Saturday only, day-use and lunch:
Adults: $30 (transportation additional)
Children: $20 (transportation additional)

Scholarships are available! Talk to Beverly Bartlett,  

What do I need to bring?

If you are staying overnight: bedding, towels, and whatever else you need for an overnight stay. Flashlight for walking to and from the dining room. Beverages and snacks for sharing Friday evening.

Everyone:  casual, weather-appropriate clothing, shoes for walking on trails.

Please let us know if you are coming as soon as you can—the sooner we have a count, the sooner we can make firm plans.  RSVP to Wendy De Los Santos in the church offices:   or 212-288-8920 x8479.  We will need to know whether you are coming Friday and Saturday, Saturday only, how many are in your party, and how you plan to travel (and if you would like to take the bus on Saturday, or can offer room in your car).