Music and Worship Leaders Retreat


Music & Worship Leaders Retreat

January 8-10, 2021

As COVID rages on, please watch here for updates on our plans to go virtual with MWLR, with an option for an in-person spiritual retreat at Laurelville to give you a much-needed break. We’ll be celebrating the arrival of Voices Together with many new songs, resources, and explorations of components of the new hymnal. All ages of worship and song leaders are welcome! We envision a less heavily planned Saturday of programming. Watch for registration costs, which should be live by mid-October, and will include a student rate. If you’ll be joining us in person, you’ll have the opportunity to watch online content/watch parties/workshops/discussion groups/etc. alone or in regulated small groups throughout our campus. Overnight spaces will be limited. All CDC and PA Dept. of Health guildelines will be followed. 

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Planning Committee: Voices Together team

Tentative Schedule

Please check back for updates by mid-October 2020

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Please check back for 2021 prices of either the cost of the virtual program only or of the virtual program and the in-person retreat at Laurelville prices.

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Who should attend this program?

This program isn’t just for pastors and music directors; it gathers a wide variety of individuals interested in worship, including:

  • New music or worship leaders looking to become stronger leaders
  • Experienced music and worship leaders looking for a refresher course to help them improve their effectiveness in their congregations
  • Anyone with a love for music and worship who is discerning their gifts and interested in exploring music or worship leadership

How do I register?

Registration begins at least by mid-October 2020. The retreat is limited to 200 registrants in person. To register, you can print, complete, and send a registration form to Laurelville Mennonite Church Center either by mail (941 Laurelville Lane, Mount Pleasant, PA 15666) or fax (724.423.2096). You can also call (724.423.2056) to register by phone. Payment in full is required with each registration (your $50 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is included in the registration cost). Please be sure to indicate any special dietary needs you might have so we can make necessary accommodations.

Many congregations choose to register their participants together and we encourage you to do this. Please note however that we must receive individual names, contact information, and payment in order to hold your spots.  Whenever sending payment, please clearly indicate the names of the congregation and participants so that we can divide the payment accordingly.

Due to the popularity of this program, lodging can fill quickly. Therefore, we encourage you to select lodging for 3/4 per room when available. Lodging preferences will be granted according to date of deposit/availability. A limited number of single rooms are available. Please email ( to inquire.

What if I need to cancel my registration?

Your payment is refundable (minus a $50 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit) until two weeks prior to the start of the event.  While no refunds are given after the two week deadline, you may transfer the balance of your registration payment (minus the $50 non-transferable deposit) to a participant coming in your place.  While we understand that life and weather can be unpredictable, we are not able to issue refunds for these reasons within two weeks of the event.  If you feel that you have an exception to this policy, please submit your request in writing to  These will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

How do I get to Laurelville?

Laurelville is located 45 miles southeast of Pittsburgh in Western Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands, just fifteen minutes from the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Driving Directions

What are the lodging accommodations like?

Your retreat experience begins with finding a comfortable place to rest and relax. Lodging at Laurelville varies in terms of comfort and style, so we encourage you to select an accommodation that will best suit your needs.
Learn more about our lodging facilities.

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Please check back at a later date. Photo taken pre-COVID.

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