Retreats can be an important part of spiritual formation for adults. Below, you’ll find a number of events recommended by our pastoral staff. Those sponsored by Christ Church are marked with an asterisk (*). 

Centering Prayer One Day Seminar

October 20, 2017

Centering Prayer is a method designed to facilitate the development of Contemplative Prayer by preparing our faculties to receive this gift. This one-day seminar will be led by Rev. Bob Shield and will be held at Christ United Methodist Church. Cost is $55 and includes lunch. Learn more and register here.

3-Day Centering Prayer Retreat

October 20–October 22, 2017

We may think of prayer as thoughts or feelings expressed in words. But this is only one expression. In the Christian tradition Contemplative Prayer is considered to be the pure gift of God. It is the opening of mind and heart – our whole being – to God, the Ultimate Mystery, beyond thoughts, words and emotions. Join us for a 3-day retreat at St. Francis Prayer Center in Stoneville NC, October 20,  5:30pm–October 22, 12pm. Led by Rev. Bob Shield, Senior Pastor atTrinity United Methodist Church in Beaumont, TX.   Sponsored by Nexus Journey. Click here to learn more.

Mercies in Disguise

Monday, October 23, at 5pm—Tuesday, October 24, at 3pm

"Mercies in Disguise" is a spiritual retreat for clergy and ministry professionals who are caregivers for family members, whether spouses, aging parents or children with special needs. The retreat will be offered at St. Francis Springs Prayer Center in Stoneville, NC. 

Cost for participants is only $30 which includes overnight lodging and meals.  The remainder of costs are covered by a grant from the WNCC Leadership Development Team. Registration deadline has been extended to October 15, 2017. For more information, contact Rev. Alice Kunka at

Reclaiming Wonder: A Weekend Retreat

October 27–October 29, 2017

Disconnect from your devices and treat yourself to a weekend of connecting more deeply to your soul. Open to the beauty of nature’s gift in autumn and one’s inner landscape. Reclaim a sense of wonder and awe. Come away and rest a while, still the busyness of your life, engage your senses and imagination anew, and rediscover the Mystery in which you live and move and have your being. For more information, contact Rev. Alice Kunka.

Leader: Trish Stefanik is a resident at Dayspring and on staff with the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation. Having passion for simplicity and silence, hospitality and social justice, the natural world and the arts, she delights in opening a way for new awareness, creativity, and compassion. 

Cost: $210. 
To register, download the application. Please send a deposit of $100 to Dayspring as part of the $210 by August 31, 2017. 

The Big Silence

Sunday, January 14, at 4pm (arrive between 3pm and 3:30pm)–Wednesday, January 17, at 3:30pm
St. Francis Spring's Prayer Center (477 Grogan Rd., Stoneville, NC)

Through Henri Nouwen’s guidance, this retreat clears before us a spiritual path consisting of three stepping stones:

  1. Solitude (learning not to be alone but to be alone with God)

  2. Silence (the discipline by which the inner fire of God is tended and kept alive)

  3. Prayer (standing in the presence of God with the mind in the heart)

Alice Kunka has attended this retreat and highly recommends it. For more information, contact Alice

Cost is $500 if registered by December 15, 2017; $525 after December 15, 2017. Includes tuition, private room, and meals. 29 single rooms are available.

Register now [Registration deadline is Friday, January 5, 2017. Early registration is highly recommended; this retreat is often sold out a month prior to the deadline.]

Bearers of Blessing: Claiming God's Gift of Loving Kindness

Sunday-Monday, November 5-6, at St. Francis Springs Prayer Center, Stoneville, NC

This November, Westminster Presbyterian's contemplative ministry team invites you to take a day - or two - to step back, sink into a quiet space, and explore how each of us is called to be a bearer of blessing in this world. This past year has been a time when many voices have been raised in anger or pain, when people of faith have been called to claim our biblical inheritance as bearers of blessing to all people and all nations.

At beautiful St. Francis Springs Prayer Center in Stoneville, we will explore how we are called to live out of the depths of our being by claiming Jesus' tradition of blessing those who are most different from us in the ways we think and act toward others. 

On this retreat, participants are invited to spend extended time in prayer and rest. The retreat center grounds offer beautiful paths for walking or sitting. The comfortable lodge provides spaces for quiet reflection and reading.

Leading the retreat will be Reverend Mark Vickers of St. Timothy's United Methodist Church. Co-facilitators are Butch Sherrill and Jane Sharp of Westminster.   

We will gather on Sunday afternoon, November 5 at 2pm for an introduction to our theme and each other. Retreatants will then be invited into an extended time of silence. The retreat ends on Monday, November 6, at 1 pm. There is also a Sunday-only option, from 2pm-8:30 pm.

Learn more and register here.