Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Lately, we’ve been rethinking church camp. Like many of us, I’ve developed a growing interest over the past few years in contemplative ministry and prayer. This weekend I read the book Be Still: Designing and Leading Contemplative Retreats, by Jane Vennard. Jane is an ordained minister in the U.C.C. She has led numerous retreats and teaches prayer and spirituality at Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado.
In her book, Jane offers several different retreat models. What if we had a weekend retreat for our youth that looked like this?
8:30 The Experience of Prayer
10:15 Learning New Ways to Pray
12:00 Lunch and personal prayer/relaxation
3:30 Listening to God
7:00 Praying with the Bible
8:30 Evening prayers (concluding with silence until the following morning)
7:00 Morning Prayers
8:30 A Theology of Prayer
10:15 Intercessory Prayer
11:30 Closing prayer
This is just one of many examples. Of course, each retreat would need to be tailored to your group. I’m seriously thinking of doing this with some of my older youth.
Has anyone tried anything similar?