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Parish Weekend Away

Please come for a time of rest, worship, connection and play at our all-parish retreat weekend at the Barbara C. Harris Camp & Conference Center in Greenfield, NH, the weekend of September 23-25, 2022. There will be time to rest, and to experience the peace and beauty of creation. There will be games and laughter, canoes and s'mores, art and music, Compline and Bible study. This is an intergenerational, parish-wide opportunity to make connections and deepen friendships, and to feel the loving presence of God outside our normal routines. 

When is the Parish Weekend Away?

Friday, September 23 through Sunday, September 25. You are welcome to arrive anytime after 4:00 pm on Friday, and we will all depart the camp by 2:00 pm on Sunday.

Who is this weekend for?

Everyone who considers the Parish of the Epiphany their community! Young and old. Newcomers and those who have been members for decades. Families, couples, single persons. This weekend is for us all. 

Should I register right away?

Yes, we recommend registering soon. Overnight accommodations are limited based on what the camp can offer our group, and we will need to assign lodging on a first-come, first-served basis. This is our first retreat in many, many years so we aren't sure how fast the lodging will fill, but by registering early you'll be most able to secure a room or cabin, and give us the best chance of getting everyone a bed.

Do I need to come for the whole weekend?

We would love for you to come for the whole weekend and really "get away" with us, but we understand that isn't practical for everyone. You may also come for the day on Saturday, and/or for Sunday morning & lunch, without staying over at the camp. 

Can we sneak out for the soccer game/ballet/circus on Saturday?

Your schedule is up to you! We will be grateful for any times you can be there.

What does the weekend away cost?

Prices for the Parish Weekend Away are person and as follows:

Full Weekend: Includes six meals (beginning with supper on Friday and ending with lunch on Sunday), snacks, two nights accommodation, and all activities:

Adults: $225
Children (ages 3-11): $120
Babies (ages 0-2): free

Full Day Saturday: Includes three meals, snacks, and all activities. Does not include overnight accommodation:
Adults: $65
Children: $35
Babies: free

Sunday: Includes lunch, morning activities, and worship:
Adults & Children: $35
Babies: free

Cost should not impede participation. If you would like a scholarship, please contact Rev. Nick, who will handle all inquiries discreetly.

What is the cancellation policy?

Changes and cancellations can be made before July 25 for a full refund. After July 25, the costs paid are non-refundable, unless we are able to fully fill your booking. This is because we make a commitment to the Barbara C. Harris Camp & Retreat Center based on our numbers (and ages) of registrants and pay the camp for your slot/slots in mid-summer.

What happens if Covid makes the weekend away impossible or unsafe?

In the event of a Covid-19 surge which necessitates the closure of the Barbara C. Harris Camp and Retreat Center, or a decision by the leadership of the Parish of the Epiphany that a retreat together would pose a danger to our congregation due to Covid, the Parish Weekend Away will be cancelled and all payments refunded. In the case of a surge or variant, every reasonable effort will be made to continue with our retreat plans, as the camp is especially good for outdoor pursuits (which pose a low Covid risk), and most households will be housed together in individual lodge rooms or cabins.

What will we be eating? What about dietary restrictions or allergies?

Meals are cooked and served by the BCH food service staff in the dining hall. Breakfasts include things like eggs, sausage, pancakes, cereal and fruit. Lunch is typically salads, soups, and sandwiches. Dinners are a meat or fish entrée, potatoes/rice/pastas, vegetables, salad and dessert. We will also be providing snacks throughout the day and smores or other treats in the late evening. Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated if you alert us to your needs on the registration form.

What will we do?

All sorts of things! This is a weekend to rest, connect, and renew. We all do those things in different ways, so there will be options for everyone. Join a Bible study with our rector; join a morning walk or an afternoon hike; canoe around the lake; read a book on a covered porch. Sit in one of the comfortable lounges in our lodge and talk with friends, old and new. Join a kickball game on the field, or play basketball on the courts. Join an art group and do some sketching, painting, or creating. Sing around a camp fire. And of course, we will have times for prayer, music, and worship. 

Is it accessible for those with mobility issues?

Much of the camp is accessible, and we will work to make sure everyone is included and able to get where they need and want to be. Several lodge rooms are handicap accessible, as is our main lodge and dining area. We will also be able to drive those with mobility needs around the camp as needed. 

Can we request a lodge room, or a cabin?

We ask for your preferences on the registration form, and we will do our best to provide first choices. However, types of lodging will be assigned based in large part of number of individuals in a household/registration group. We probably can't put a two-person household in a cabin with six beds; likewise, you probably don't want us to put your family of six into a lodge room that sleeps three. We also will be working toward the comfort and accessibility of our parishioners with mobility needs. But all the accommodations are comfortable and pleasant, and all have heat, electricity, private bathrooms, and linens.

Location & Contact

70 Church Street
Winchester, MA 01890
Phone: 781.729.1922


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