May 24-26, 2019
Congregational Retreat

Theme: Abiding in Christ Through Sabbath and Solitude

Too often we may find ourselves running from meeting to meeting, checking off our to-do list and feeling mentally and physically exhausted. What does it mean to find rest? How do we hear from God through all the noise? How do I develop a deeper intimacy with Christ? We will explore these types of questions together during this year’s retreat. Come and let’s be refreshed and renewed together!


Start: Friday, May 24th, 4 p.m. (Dinner not included).

Lost keys are $60. Lost dorm access card is $10. Please keep them with you at all times.

End: Sunday, May 26th, 12 p.m. (All meals on Saturday, breakfast and lunch on Sunday included)


Eastern Mennonite University
1200 Park Road, Harrisonburg VA 22802
Approximately 130 miles from D.C.

Campus Map

Main meeting room: Seminary Building, Martin Chapel (#7)

Seminary Building


$100 for ages 18+
$50 for kids ages 6-17 at the time of retreat
$50 for for individuals finding their own lodging
Free for children 5 and under at the time of retreat

Financial aid is available for those who request on a case-by-case basis. Please reach out to for additional information and reference “Retreat Financial Aid.”


Register for the 2019 congregational retreat on one of the two forms: as a single individual or as a family.

Register by the earlybird deadline to receive one FREE GCCC swag clothing or drinkware while supplies last.


Retreat fees may be paid electronically below (by credit/debit card or PayPal) or by check. If you are writing a check, please make the check payable to GCCC, and in the memo line add “Retreat Registration.” Place the check in the offering plate or hand it to Stephanie Chang @Tysons or Victoria Lee Ng @Arlington on the following Sunday. If you have requested financial aid, please do not make any payments until our treasurer gives you further instructions.

Each family will need to add one person at a time to the ‘Cart’ to get to the total. Kids 5 and under do not need to be added since their registration is free.

Registration Options
Name and Age (if child)


Dr. Richard Bush is the Director of Coach Training at the Christian and Missionary Alliance. He takes a LIFE-on-life approach to preparing leaders for the 21st Century Church. Richard holds the conviction that until Christ is formed in us, in those we lead, and in those they will lead (Galatians 4:19), even the most sophisticated training falls short of the mark. He and his team are working to develop church leaders whose lives reflect the transforming grace and power of “Christ in me.”

Prior to his current role, Richard has served in a variety of leadership development capacities including a local church pastor with the Christian and Missionary Alliance for thirty-one years.

Richard has a BA in Reformation History from the University of Nebraska, a Masters in Sacred Theology in the Urban Ministries Program at New York Theological Seminary and earned his Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary.


What will the group be like?

In years past, we have seen a good amount of attendees from both Tysons and Arlington service. There is a mix of families, singles, youth, young adults, couples and even visitors from other churches. There will be small groups of 8-12 people to facilitate discussions in smaller settings.

I don’t have a car. Is transportation available?

Yes, if you would like to give or request a ride, we will help coordinate transportation for you. Please email if you have not heard back about your ride request.

Can I come for part of the retreat only?

We encourage you to attend the entire retreat to get the most out of your experience. If your schedule is limited, we can accommodate partial attendance, please let us know in advance when you register.

Is the retreat family-friendly?

Yes, we will have a variety of activities the entire family can enjoy together, such as hiking, sports, and games.

During the main session and some small group sessions, kids (ages 3 through 5th grade) will take part in “My Strong Rock”, an adventure themed, weekend style “VBS” . Kids will explore God as their refuge and salvation through storytelling, games, crafts, STEM, snacks, and music.

We will also have a special drop in room for toddlers to play in with age appropriate toys and snacks. Babies are welcome to stay with their parents in the service or join a quiet play zone (with soft toys and play mats) in the back.

Parents: you may be asked to serve during one time slot to ensure all our kids have adequate adult supervision.

Can I bring a friend?

Yes, the retreat is open to anyone interested to learn more about spiritual refreshment and deepening their Christian faith. Feel free share the registration information with friends outside GCCC.

What do I need to bring?

What will be provided? Please click for the suggested packing list.

Can I request my roommate?

Our retreat planning team will take care of the room selection, we hope this is an opportunity to catch up with old friends and make new ones.


Please contact if you have any additional questions.

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