Clergy Retreat 2017
The Clergy and Spouse Retreat 2017
Mrs. Robin Malone
From my perspective, our annual fall clergy and spouse retreat has as its purpose to grow in a deeper love and knowledge of Christ. Of course, there is the meaningful fellowship aspect to consider, which I look forward to with great anticipation.
For all of us, we see each other twice a year, Lord willing. This retreat gathering provided some reconnections and some new connections. My husband and I had dinner with Duane and Kathy Beauchump and a new couple, Steve and Lauren Wishart, from Annapolis, Maryland.
It is wonderful to share around a meal and hear how God is working in each other’s lives. We also had the opportunity to get to know a couple from Glory to God Anglican Church, Jason and Lois. Lois was one of several servants in the kitchen preparing and serving our meals. Life is full of sorrow, disappointments, hurt and grief; yet, we are exhorted in Scripture to gather together in fellowship.
Again, the joy of fellowship and sharing our stories unites us in Christ, and we can bask in His love together. I truly understand why God included this in His Word; the importance of gathering together helps to fill our empty cup. The other aspect of this retreat, which in my opinion is the key, is sitting under the loving and caring teaching of our Bishop.
Our Bishop Jullian takes his role as shepherding the shepherds quite sincerely. His teaching was all for us, to encourage and spur us on to go back to the fields and care for the sheep. Who incidentally, in my experience, sometimes turn around and bite the shepherd. This is where the importance of polishing our armor and being prepared for battle in the world is so vitally important. This is what Bishop Julian did for us. He gave us via the book of 1 Peter, seven useful insights to aid our already existing faith and he also gave us an attitude adjustment, which I personally always seem to need on a weekly basis.
Therefore, I would sum up my experience at the retreat that I arrived with a glass near empty and I left filled up to the brim. I pray and hope that was also your experience.