Advent Retreat

Dates

November 26-28, 2021

Friday, November 26 at 7PM until Sunday, November 28 at 1:30pm

Registration is closed.

Come with your family, as a couple, with some friends, or by yourself to enjoy the refreshment and laughter that comes with  community.

This weekend is a sacred time to pause and center ourselves before the Christmas season. If you’re looking to slow down, take a deep breath, laugh a lot, enjoy friends, and focus deeper on Christ… this is the weekend for you. It’s open to all ages and stages.

Prices

  • Adults: $100
  • Ages 3-17: $50
  • Ages 0-2: Free

Note: All kids must be accompanied by an adult.

What To Expect:

Meal Times

We offer a snack for everyone on Friday night arrival. Breakfast is ready at 8:30am, lunch is served at 12:30pm, supper is at 5:30pm, and there is an evening snack as well. We also have a cereal breakfast available for the kids that are early risers, and coffee and hot chocolate are always available to help yourself. The tuck shop will be open for anyone after lunch.

Chapel

We have chapel sessions once in the morning and once in the evening. These are reflective in nature and focused on Christ. We’ll begin our chapel sessions with everyone together for worship and some fun songs. Then the adults will stay for a session time and our staff will run a program for anyone under age 18. We will offer a nursery for the babies, a chapel for kids, devotional for tweens, and a session for the teens.  Parents will pick-up their kids after chapel times in the instructed locations.

Outside Time

A key part of the camp experience is getting outside! So we will definitely be outside for the afternoon. Weather permitting, the ice rink will be up and running. We’ll likely venture down to the frozen lake. You’re welcome to bring skates, helmets, hockey sticks, cross country skis, snowshoes, and be ready to build forts and make snow angels. You are also welcome to stay inside by the fire and play board games for the afternoon.

Sleigh Ride & Campfire

In the evening after supper, we’ll go Christmas caroling on a tractor wagon and tour around the camp. Be ready to bundle and be warm because this time is definitely worth it! We’ll have hot chocolate and a campfire to enjoy as well.

Free Time

There is lots of free time during this retreat! We have a schedule we’ll stick closely to. But everything is optional. You can attend whatever aspects of the program you like. The schedule exists to serve you and create an enjoyable retreat experience.

Things To Bring:

  • Sleeping Bag & Pillow
  • Facecloth/ Towel
  • Toothbrush/ Toothpaste
  • Soap/ Shampoo
  • Bible, Notebook, & Pen
  • Camera or Device for Pictures
  • Skates and Helmets
  • Toque & Mittens
  • PJ’s & extra socks
  • Long Pants/ Jacket/ Sweats
  • Winter Coat & Snow Pants
  • Water Bottle
  • Indoor & Outdoor Shoes
  • Slippers
  • Optional: Bring Your Thing! (cross country ski’s/snowshoes, guitar/instrument, board games, anything…)

Q

What COVID restrictions are in place? Do I need to show proof of vaccine or get a test?

A

In order to offer accommodation for mixed cohorts as well as indoor eating, all current Gull Lake events must follow the Alberta Government’s Restriction Exemption Program (REP). All attendees over 12 will need to show a proof of vaccination document with a QR code OR a privately paid for negative rapid antigen test taken within the previous 72 hours. Anyone over 18 will need to show ID as well. Masks are a must unless you’re eating, drinking, or hanging out inside your private cabin or room. There are no social distancing requirements while masked. Anyone with cold or flu like symptoms is asked to cancel and receive a full refund.

Q

Is childcare provided?

A

Parents are responsible for their kids at all times during the retreat. Our staff will offer separate programming for kids of all ages during chapel times.

Q

What is your cancellation policy?

A

You can cancel anytime for COVID-related reasons and receive a full refund, no questions asked. For non- COVID reasons, we ask that attendees cancel two weeks before the retreat so that we can change our catering order.

Q

If I come alone, do I get a room or cabin to myself?

A

Yes! You will have a heated cabin or a room in our retreat centre to yourself. All cabins are equipped with a private indoor bathroom and shower, and all retreat centre rooms have shared bathrooms with showers.

Q

Do you accommodate food allergies and restrictions?

A

Sure thing. Our talented partners at HT Catering are able to accommodate all dietary restrictions. Please give specific instructions regarding your food allergy or restriction using the online registration form.

Questions? Contact us at camp@gulllakecentre.ca.