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“Banff Retreat 2022 Celebrating Together the Hike of Life”

“Oh, that I had the wings of a dove!
    I would fly away and be at rest.”PS 55:6

Have you ever just wanted to escape and find rest? While the Psalmist shares this verse in the turmoil of life, for many of us, the idea of retreat is escaping routine, business, and many challenges. For me, this verse summarizes what going to a retreat is about – leaving where I am to find rest and time for reflection and renewal.
Pastoral Retreats in Banff have been a part of my regular ministry rhythm for the past twenty years - a rhythm that was broken over the past three or four years. To step back into that rhythm was not only meaningful, but it was also one of the best retreat experiences I’ve had, and I wish to share my top  four reasons why:

  1. The Schedule
    I was thankful for a schedule that allowed me to rest and engage with others during the sessions. The unscheduled afternoons allowed people to hike, shop, do pottery, or just rest. The schedule never allowed me to feel bored, but I also never felt rushed. 
  2. The meals
    Along with the breakfasts and brunches, the Wednesday evening plated meal was fantastic and was such a nice treat. The food was excellent, and I particularly appreciated how careful and accommodating the menu was to those with food sensitivities. Finally, the evening out with arranged groupings proved to be a great success as we had the chance to get to know others in a deeper and more meaningful way. I also loved that we got to try some of the great restaurants in Banff!
  3. The gatherings
    The sessions at a retreat are meant to be a central focus of our time. I felt the different pieces of this time worked well together. The worship was engaging and meaningful. I found joy in the sound of our corporate worship. The stories shared by different individuals showed how God has been at work and allowed us to value each other’s journeys better. The speakers we had were all a part of our greater MB family. While they shared from the different parts of themselves, each sharing their personal. Finally, our conversations around the tables allowed us to share openly and honestly in a safe environment.   I was blessed to be both heard but also to hear from others.
  4. The people
    I loved having the chance to renew and make new relationships. During COVID, I believe all our circles got smaller, and this retreat allowed us to reach beyond those circles and be reminded we never journey alone in ministry. I hope we are all challenged to continue building on those relationships throughout the year.
    Thank you to everyone who was a part of the retreat for the blessing you were to me. I would love to hear your highlights from the retreat and how God was working in your life. If you’re willing to share please reach out to me at mike@parliamentchurch.com.
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