I've experienced lots of retreats and weekends to get away from the chaos of the day to day and focus on God. This weekend was another one with the young adults (mid twenties to early thirties) at Highrock Church. We were out on a lake in New Hampshire, and were sharing the camp with a large group of middle schoolers. Some basic observations:
- Camp rule: You must have been born in the 1900's to have coffee (cutting out a very disappointed half of the middle schoolers.
- Middle schoolers require 1 leader for every 5-7 students, in contrast to our group requiring 1 leader for our 50 young adults.
- College retreats were very structured with particular things set out to learn and do and come away with (different tracks with a curriculum etc). With the young adults, all that was needed was a speaker to provide some input, and then a space for us to talk to each other. That was enough to foster the most valuable conversations tailored by default to each of our needs.
I accidentally woke up at 6:30 the first morning and beat the sun. Morning photography on a lake is so cliché, and yet I always appreciate it. I went running through the orange forests later in the day, sadly without a camera. Love it.
There was a lot more to the retreat than beauty, but I'm still trying to wrap my head around it.