May 3-4, 2019

The Ridge Inn at Mar-Lu-Ridge
3200 Mar Lu Ridge Road
Jefferson, MD 21755

All children in grades 3, 4, and 5 are invited to attend our first-ever retreat for elementary school students. We will begin on Friday night with fellowship (and s’mores!) and then spend the day Saturday rotating through different stations to experience God’s Word through Bible study, games, arts and crafts, science, and service, ending with worship and dinner.

For the first time, we are inviting families to attend a retreat with their children if they wish. There will be a track available for parents, guardians, and family members on Saturday morning with opportunities for rest and relaxation in the afternoon. If you are bringing younger siblings of participants, they are welcome at the parent, guardian, and family track as well!

The cost is $100 per person ($250 maximum per family), which includes program, lodging, and all three meals and snacks on Saturday. Participants should eat dinner before arriving on Friday night.

Kids Track

Come as you are

Using Isaiah 43:1b as our guide (“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.”), we will talk about how you can be who God created you to be at church, school, home, and all of the places you go. You will be reminded that God loves you exactly as you are, no matter what. You’ll get to meet new friends, learn more about God, and have a great time at Mar-Lu-Ridge.

Parent, Guardian, & Family Track

Grace for the Weary

Responsibility on top of responsibility – family, community, friends, jobs, church, and home – can push us to and beyond the limits of our physical, emotional, and spiritual capacity. While our kids are getting to know one another and learning about their identity as children of God, we’ll have time together to explore our own identities in the context of discipleship. In the midst of the responsibilities and the stress of daily life, we remember Jesus urging us to “Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” We will find some rest together, look to be renewed daily by God’s grace, and learn from each other how that grace works to transform our relationships with God, our families, and ourselves.

Register online

A detailed event schedule will be posted in the coming days. For your planning purposes, registration will open at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 3 and programming will happen from 7-8:30 p.m. The retreat will end after dinner on Saturday, May 4.