Parish Retreat 2023

The good news of the gospel is that Jesus calls us friends. Friendship with each other, as followers of Jesus, is an art that we can learn. We were created for connection, intimacy and delight in each other.  Not only is friendship an essential ingredient of life, an end in itself, it also seasons life much like salt seasons all it touches.

Please join us October 27–29 at Christ Church for our Fall Parish Retreat as we consider how friendship refines us, bringing us closer to God’s own likeness. We will be joined by The Rev. Dr. Erin Moniz who will take us on a deep dive into the art of friendship; how it is driven by intimacy and enriches our lives and how our differences create a beautiful mosaic that, when joined together in friendship, is a powerful reflection of God’s image.

This years retreat will be in-town at Christ Church, allowing participants to sleep at home, but registration is required for all participants and childcare is limited. Click here to register now!

Retreat Schedule:

Friday Night (childcare 0-5 yrs 6p – 9p)
6:30p: Dinner (Rudy’s BBQ)
7:00p: Hillsiders Begin
8:30p: Welcome (outside) and 15 minute overview of the weekend
           Compline in the Sanctuary 

Saturday Morning (childcare 0-5 yrs  8:15a -12:30p; K-5th 8:30a-12:30p)
8:00a: Gates open, Breakfast Tacos
8:30a: Session 1: Morning prayer and Worship,
           Cliff intro and vision on friendship with Jesus
9:45am: Session 2: Recovering Friendship: what is it and why we need it
11:00a: Session 3: Expanding our Friendship Imagination: a congregational discussion

Saturday Afternoon (childcare 0-5 yrs  4:15p -6:30p; K-5th 5:30p-6:30p)
12:30 – 2pm: Lunch on your own, or with other Christ Churchers
To see list of nearby favorites, click here /  To connect with other Christ Churchers, click here

2pm – 4pm:  Friendship at Play (Optional Afternoon Activities)
4:30pm: Session 4:  No Longer Strangers: Performance Art & Embodied Friendships
What do portrait photography, theater, and embodiment have to teach us about friendship? And how might our bodies help us cultivate new friendships and tend to old ones?  Find out at this highly interactive workshop!
 5:30pm: Fr. Cliff Warner

Saturday Evening (no childcare)
6:30p: Dinner (Fresa’s)
7:30p:  Family Fun and Games (no childcare)
           Rock Paper Scissors tournament
           3v3 BB tournament and/or Dodgeball
           Courtyard movie for kids & families
           Dance Party on the Basketball Court
9:00p: Compline in Sanctuary

Sunday Morning
9:00a & 11:00a:  Worship Service


The small parking lot next to the building will be closed, except for a few handicap spots.

We have secured extra parking at the corner of 2nd Street and Brushy across from Emmanuel United Methodist Church. Ignore the “Lot Closed” sign – this parking lot is reserved for Christ Church use. Please refer to the following map for street parking locations.

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