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UPC Congregational Retreat

September 11-13, 2020

Are you ready to rest, relax, and retreat from your
everyday patterns and routines?

Are you ready to discover the ways the Holy Spirit is moving us toward a Path of Peace?

Join your church family in beautiful Montreat as we experience scripture, keynotes, workshops, pottery, hiking, and much more!

Don’t miss this opportunity to live in community with your church family as we explore the theme Path of Peace!

 Registration opens February 29th!

Click here to register

Scholarships are available. Click here to apply.

2020 Theme Grid

Path of PeaceFriday NightSaturdaySunday Morning
Theological FocusPeace! Be Still!Let peace rulePursue Peace
ScriptureMark 4: 35-41Colossians 3: 12-15Psalm 34: 11-14
Centering PrayerGod, we are grateful to be gathered together with our church family in this thin place. May we be still and sense your peace all around us.God, help us hear your call to peace and unity through Christ. God, send us into the world, led by your Spirit, to seek out and embody peace.

Friday night 

We’ll register at Assembly Inn in Montreat and spend time enjoying all that Montreat has to offer through scavenger hunts, games, and recreation. Later in the evening, we’ll introduce leadership and spend time learning to call one another by name. Then, our night owls will enjoy “Late Night in the Lobby” for games, guitars, and good times.


After breakfast, we’ll gather in Convocation Hall for our first keynote. We will then have extended time with our chatter groups to get to know one another better and talk about what we heard in Keynote. We’ll move into our workshop session where folks will have the chance to experience the theme in a variety of ways: pottery, bible study, crafts, and more!

After lunch, we will experience Keynote in a more active way, followed by time with our chatter groups to talk about what we heard. All will enjoy free time in the afternoon. Participants will have the chance to hike, rock hop, go into Black Mountain for shopping, take a swing at the Black Mountain Golf course or enjoy an afternoon of rest.

Saturday evening, we’ll gather for a UPC BBQ and move into an evening of recreation with a staple of good times at Montreat: a barn dance followed by a campfire and s’mores.

Sunday Morning

As we prepare to head down the mountain and back into the real world, we’ll prepare our hearts and minds for service to others through a hymn sing and worship.

Meet our Keynoter:

Info coming soon!


Assembly Inn

Where we’re staying:

We will stay in hotel rooms in Assembly Inn, where we’ll also have meals and group meeting space. You have a choice of private or adjoining baths. Space is limited so register early!

Retreat Fees:

Conference Fees (per person):
Conference fees include meals – Saturday breakfast through Sunday breakfast.
Adults: $85
Children (5-11): $65
Children (4 & under): $50

Lodging (for two nights):
Assembly Inn – Two rooms, connecting bath: $360
Assembly Inn – One room, private bath (various bed sizes available): $210
Assembly Inn – Second adult staying in room: Free
Assembly Inn – Child(ren) staying in room with parent(s): Free
Youth staying with another youth in Assembly Inn: $105

Retreat Schedule

Friday Night
6:30pm: Registration
6:30-7:30pm: Fun and games in the Lobby
7:30-8:30pm: Community Building
8:30-9:30pm: Gathering
9:30-10:30pm: Late night in the Lobby

(Childcare, birth-preK, provided 8:30-12:15, 1:00-3:15)
7:30 – 8:30am:  Breakfast
8:45 -10:00am: Keynote
10:00 -10:45am: Chatter Groups
10:45am – 12:00pm: Workshops
12:00 – 1:00pm: Lunch
1:15 – 2:15pm: Keynote
2:15 – 3:00: Chatter Groups
3:00 – 6:00pm: Free time
6:00 – 7:00pm: Dinner
7:15 – 8:15pm: Barn Dance (no evening childcare)
8:15 – 9:15pm: Campfire

Sunday Morning
(Childcare provided 9:15-11:45)
7:30-8:30am: Breakfast
9:15am: Group Picture – Assembly Inn front steps
9:30-10:15am – Chatter Groups
10:20-11:30 am – Morning Singing & Worship


We will have one workshop on Saturday morning.

Many activities will be available for Saturday afternoon free time as well.

Infants – Pre-Kindergarten – This age group will spend time together playing and enjoying the company of other UPC children. Parents of 4 year olds can register for this group or can choose a workshop below that is open to 4 year olds that might fit their child’s developmental stage. Facilitated by Montreat Staff

Pottery – Open to Kindergarten and older. Whether you are a beginner or have frequently worked with clay, you can create a wonderful keepsake of the weekend working with clay. (And if you want to do another a.m. workshop – the pottery studio will be available for pottery fun during our afternoon free time for all ages.) Currie Craft Center, Upper level. Facilitated by Chloe Hamilton

HikingOpen to all ages. Want to get out and stretch your legs, taking in the natural beauty Montreat has to offer? Join in for a 1 hour easy-moderate hike around favorite Montreat spots. You will get to know other UPC retreaters while enjoying the fresh mountain air. (There is also time for a more strenuous hike with UPC friends during your afternoon free time.) Meet at the Assembly Inn lower lobby by the front desk. Led by: TBA

More coming soon!

Saturday Afternoon Free Time Ideas – No sign up required

Hiking Lookout– Hike up Montreat’s famous Lookout Mountain. It’s a moderate hike, about 45 minutes up and 30 minutes down with great views of the valley.   The first part of the trail is a gentle uphill slope through an area rich with wildflowers.  We will stop frequently to examine the flowers, ferns, shrubs and trees which cover the slopes of Lookout Mountain.  For those who wish to continue to the top, be prepared for challenging steep slopes and some scrambling up boulders for the 700 ft. elevation gain. You’ll be rewarded with a stunning view.  Bring water and be prepared for the weather.  We will carpool from the entrance of Assembly Inn to the trailhead on Lookout Road. Meet in Assembly Inn Lower Lobby, near the front desk.

(Many additional trails are available. Find a trail map at check-in!)

Pottery – Work with a local potter to create your own Montreat keepsake out of clay. Open to all ages during free time. Currie Craft Center, upper level.

Football Game – Cheer on the Tar Heels in the Lobby area at game time.

Black Mountain Trip – Would you like to go with a group to explore Black Mountain? Sign up in the Lobby. 

Sabbath – Take a holy nap in your room or have some good conversation with friends on a Montreat porch. Take extra time to recharge your batteries.