October 25 – 27, 2019
Join us at the Maria Stein Spiritual Center / Retreat House in northwest Ohio near Grand Lake St. Mary’s for a weekend away: a time of fellowship, spiritual renewal, and growth as a community. We know everyone is busy busy busy! So this will be a time to relax, rest, and get away — you’re welcome to opt out of any activities as you wish. And we’re not going to pack the weekend full of activities to rush around doing, but there will be plenty to do if you wish.
This is for our ENTIRE church – bring the whole family!
There will be time for prayer, games, walks in the woods, shared meals, a giant bonfire, worship, teaching, small group discussion, quiet reflection, free time, and ping pong!
We’ll meet there and begin at 7pm on Friday night with worship and a bonfire (let us know if you need a ride or want to carpool from church). Sunday morning programming and worship will conclude by 11am.
The facility is temperature controlled and fully accessible (including an elevator).
Scholarships available upon request.
We hope you’ll be there!
You’ll be directed to our event site on Eventbrite. Click the green “Register” link to select meals (for each person in your registration) & your room(s), then checkout to pay online. We hope everyone will register through Eventbrite, but if you don’t feel comfortable using the computer or paying electronically, please contact Ginny Fisher, Retreat Registration Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Password to enter the site: HUMCretreat (case sensitive).
Registration deadline: October 1.
Refunds available until October 17, 2019, or in case of emergency until October 25.
Retreat Registration Coordinator: Ginny Fisher (email@example.com; phone number available in church office, 614.876.2403).
About the Maria Stein Spiritual Center / Retreat House
Physical address: 2365 Saint Johns Road, Maria Stein, OH 45860
Located in northwest Ohio near Grand Lake St. Marys, about a 95-minute drive from Hilliard (87 miles), the Maria Stein Spiritual Center has wooded areas and open fields, an outdoor walking prayer labyrinth, a pond, comfortable sleeping rooms (private rooms with private or shared baths, family rooms, and bunk rooms), accessible meeting rooms, and beautiful worship spaces. The food is delicious and plentiful, and they can accommodate special dietary needs. The entire facility is temperature controlled.
Hilliard UMC staff went on a two-night retreat at Maria Stein in fall 2018, and we loved it – feel free to ask questions!
Maria Stein has lots of private rooms with a full-size bed and a private bath… a few private rooms with a shared bath down the hall…. dorm-style bunk rooms with lots of beds (some bunked)… and a few family rooms (2 bedrooms connected by a private bathroom – BOOK EARLY!). Many rooms can accommodate a Pack ‘N Play (bring your own) or cot (Maria Stein has 3 we can borrow).
Older elementary, middle, and high school students will be able to stay in the kids or youth dorm rooms with their friends (and chaperones) if they choose (separated by child/youth and gender).
Adults may choose the bunk rooms as well, of course; we can’t guarantee an adults-only bunk room — we’ll have to wait and see how many youth and children sign up for the bunk rooms.
Bedding, pillows, and bath towels are provided by the retreat center.
Room costs are for the weekend (includes both Friday and Saturday nights). More details on Eventbrite registration page.
- Private room for 1-2 adults, with PRIVATE bath: Early Bird $150/room/weekend; $165 after August 11.
- Private room for 1-2 adults, with SHARED bath: Early Bird $65/room/weekend; $75 after August 11. Only 5 available; book early.
- Family room for 4 or more, with 2 bedrooms connected by a private bathroom: Early Bird $165/room/weekend; $185 after August 11. Reserved for families with children who need to stay overnight with their grownups. Only 3 available; book early.
- Family room for 2 or more, with 2 bedrooms connected by a private bathroom: Early Bird $165/room/weekend; $185 after August 11. Reserved for families with children who need to stay overnight with their grownups. Only 1 available; book early.
- Dorm bed or bunk for adults, youth, and upper elementary-aged children: Early Bird $50/bed/weekend; $55 after August 11.
Click HERE for more information about overnight accommodations, along with photos, on Maria Stein’s website.
4 meals included in the weekend package: Saturday breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and Sunday breakfast.
Meal cost is $15/person over age 5 (NOTE REDUCED PRICE from what we originally published; we’re simplifying the meals and associated costs). Purchase one meal package per person for all individuals included in your registration who are older than 5. Kids 5 and under eat free (age 5 on October 25, 2019).
The menu can include gluten free and vegetarian options. Let us know if you have significant dietary needs or allergies when you register.
Click HERE for more information about meals on Maria Stein’s website.
Room and meal costs include some additional fees for programming expenses and retreat materials.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)
Are there other ways to register?
We hope everyone will register through EventBrite, but if you don’t feel comfortable using the computer or paying electronically, please contact Ginny Fisher, Retreat Registration Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org; phone number available in church office, 614.876.2403, or in the Sunday worship folder).
What are my transportation and parking options for getting to and from the retreat?
There’s plenty of parking at the retreat center. Let staff know if you need a ride or want to carpool from church (email@example.com, 614.876.2403). It’s about a 95-minute drive from Hilliard (87 miles).
What should I bring?
Whatever you would pack for a weekend away, including toiletries. Bring your Bible and something to write with, and a notebook or journal if you like. Attire is casual; bring comfortable clothes.
What does Maria Stein Spiritual Center provide?
Bedding, pillows, & bath towels. Toiletries are not provided.
What’s the refund policy?
You may request a refund until October 17, 2019 (until October 25 in case of emergency).
Can I update my registration information?
Yes. Sign back in to your EventBrite account to make updates.
Who do I contact with questions?
For REGISTRATION questions, contact Ginny Fisher, Retreat Registration Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org; see the Sunday worship folder for her phone number, or call the church office, 614.876.2403).
For other retreat questions, contact church staff (email@example.com, 614.876.2403).