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323 South Fairfax Street
Alexandria, Virginia  22314-3716
Phone: 703-549-6670

Massanetta Retreat

Meeting House Retreat at Massanetta Springs

November 3 - 5, 2017

Contact Martha Gibson for registration information

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

Why do we Retreat?

Modern life is hectic! The Meeting House retreat provides a unique opportunity to recharge our batteries, grow in faith, and connect with our church family in a beautiful mountain setting.

Who comes?

All ages of Meeting House members come to the Retreat, from babes-in-arms to older adults, from singles to families with children.  Some folks have been coming for years, others will be attending for the first time.

What do we do?

The retreat includes a combination of stimulating educational programming, group fun, community worship and meals, and time for quiet reflection during the weekend.  It’s a schedule and program that is guaranteed to appeal!

  • Arrive Friday evening for registration and room assignment, dinner, and a group “get to know you” activity which ends with evening vespers.
  • Awaken Saturday morning and meet on the front porch for morning prayers and reflection. After breakfast, we’re off to our educational programs for the morning:  separate activities for adults, pre-school, school age, and youth.  Following lunch, there is free time for games and activities including a hike in the woods. Or if you prefer, read a book under a tree, visit with a friend while rocking one the front-porch or just take a nap. We meet again for another program activity before dinner.  Our evening is filled with multi-generational fun including songs, stories, s'mores, dancing and fellowship.
  • On Sunday morning after prayer and breakfast we meet for our final educational program time. We close the weekend together in community with an intimate, laity-led worship service that some people describe as one of their favorite services of the year.  Lunch is served before we depart for home.

What is this year’s program for adults?

We are excited to welcome the Rev. Dr. Jonathan (Jon) Smoot, our Meeting House Parish Associate. Jon's topic is "The Appalling, Appealing Saint Paul."

At our retreat, we will (1) do a little myth-busting about Paul, (2) deal with some of Paul's thorniest passages, and (3) explore several towering themes in Paul's thought that continue to (or should) radically shape the life of followers of Jesus.

What about children and youth programming?

Children and Youth programming is provided by gifted OPMH educators Noelle Castin and Mary Pratt Perry (as well as volunteers) and includes crafts, games, lessons and songs.

What about childcare?

For young ones up to three years of age, loving childcare is provided by professional childcare staff. Childcare is provided during Saturday and Sunday adult program times and during worship. Small children are welcome during all meals and intergenerational activities.  Cribs are available for a small rental fee.

Where is the Retreat held?

In a beautiful setting in rural Virginia complete with fall foliage, views of the surrounding mountains, and a creek running through the property. Massanetta Springs is a Presbyterian conference center nestled on 200 acres of woodlands and meadows in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, near Harrisonburg (130 miles, about a 2 ½ hour drive west of DC). For more information about the facilities, including photos, visit

Where do we sleep?

We stay in rooms in the hotel annex (Richardson) and in the Hubler Lodge. Richardson has rooms with two twin beds and a bath shared with an adjoining room. Cots can be added to these rooms for children; a few contain a trundle bed. The rooms are clean, neat and quiet and contain few decorations (think dorm-like)  The Lodge has motel-style rooms with with two queen beds and a bath. There is an additional fee for the Lodge and the numer of rooms is limited. Accessible rooms are available and cribs are available for a small rental fee.

Where do we eat?

Shared meals are a wonderful time of fellowship at the Retreat.  We’ll eat together at large tables in the dining hall located in the historic hotel.  Meals are served buffet-style and a typical meal consists of two entrees, several side dishes, and for lunch and supper, a salad bar and dessert. Meals are basic and hearty family-style cooking.

What if I don’t know anyone attending the Retreat?

Don’t worry!  One of the best reasons to attend the Retreat is to get to know other Meeting House members. The small group setting and relaxed pace of the weekend also help to make it easy to get to know people.

How do I get more information?

Contact Retreat committee members Laura Campbell or Jim Beall who will be happy to answer all your questions.  

Sounds great! How do I sign up?

Retreat registration will begin Rally Day, September 10, and closes October 22nd.  For registration information, please contact Martha Gibson.

Last Published: October 30, 2017 1:15 PM
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