To provide a non-judgmental, open place where children may have opportunities to wonder about and explore their faith through story, worship, music, drama and other creative ways that deepen our relationship with God.
To bring together a multi-age and inter-cultural community from across congregations of the United Church of Canada in BC
To provide a welcoming and safe environment for children to play, eat, and connect with each other and their leaders and have fun! For many of the children, this is their first experience of an "sleepover camp" and it has been encouraging start for their camping experiences!
To offer intentional opportunities for youth to grow in their leadership skills and abilities and empower them to make a difference in a child's life.
To support, inspire and energize adult leaders in their role in children's ministry
What do we do at the Children's Retreat?
on Friday.... Children meet at designated spots in the Lower Mainland to meet their leaders and the chartered bus for their trip to Stillwood. They arrive at Stillwood around 4 pm, greet other leaders, get settled into their cabins with their leaders, HAVE DINNER, sing, play games, and meet the community for the weekend, snack and then off to bed!
On Saturday... Our meals are in the Stillwood Dining room where we are greeted by our Stillwood hosts and are served amazing, yummy food. During the day we will have time for worship, singing, storytelling, workshops (like games in the gym and craft activities), a crazy skit evening program and much more!
on Sunday... We eat (again!), sing, worship together and say farewell to our amazing community of friends! After lunch our bus takes us back to our designated drop off place, ready to be picked up by our families!