Music & Worship Leaders Retreat
A music and worship leaders retreat where you can truly relax, recharge and reconnect
January 20-22, 2023
The Music and Worship Leader’s Retreat, one of Laurelville’s long-standing programs, is designed to give music and worship leaders a space to relax, recharge, learn, and connect with their peers. This weekend retreat includes workshops, seminars, valuable resources, fellowship time, and plenty of music.
Dates & Pricing
Jan. 20-22, 2023
Guesthouse/Solarhouse from $365 to $225/per person
Motel from $335 to $215/per person
Cottages from $230/per person for up to 4 per room, linens add $8
Saturday only $105/person
No LIVE virtual option available in 2023. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to purchase access to some of the recordings after the event.
|Friday (subject to change)|
|4:00 PM||Registration begins Dining Hall|
|7:00 PM||Hymn Festival: Hope and Lament|
|8:00:00 AM||Morning prayer|
|9:30 AM||Morning plenary|
|11:00 AM||Talkback with Safwat|
|1:30 PM||Plenary session: Worship Leader and Accompaniment Editions|
|3:30 PM||Breakout sessions:|
|Who are we in Voices Together?|
|Challenges in Implementing VT|
|Engaging VT with Children|
|7:00 PM||Hymn Sing +|
|8:30 PM||Snack / Zoom Social|
|9:00 PM||Evening prayer|
|8:00 AM||Morning prayer|
|9:30 AM||Ask Me Anything/Question Box|
|10:30 AM||Morning worship|
Planning Committee & Featured Speaker
- Benjamin Bergey
- Sarah Kathleen Johnson
- Anneli Loepp Thiessen
- Katie Graber
- Darryl Neustaedter Barg
- Adam Tice
- SPEAKER: Safwat Marzouk, PhD, Associate Professor of Old Testament, Union Presbyterian Seminar
Safwat Marzouk was ordained as a pastor in 2002 by the Delta Presbytery of the Synod of the Nile (the governing body of the Presbyterian Church in Egypt), and in May 2021, he joined the Wabash Valley Presbytery of PC, USA). As a Christian Egyptian and migrant to the U.S., he interprets the Bible in ways that are interreligiously and interculturally sensitive seeking God’s shalom and justice for the vulnerable and the marginalized.
Dr. Marzouk is an Egyptian Presbyterian whose research interests include thinking theologically about monsters in the Bible, Ancient Near East, and popular culture; Constructing the Other in the Old Testament; Middle Eastern Christian Hermeneutics; and Immigration and the Bible. The author of numerous articles and book chapters, he is the author of three books: Egypt as a Monster in the Book of Ezekiel; Exodus, Joshua, Ezekiel in the Arabic Contemporary Commentary; and Intercultural Church: A Biblical Vision for an Age of Migration. He is currently working on a commentary for the New Interpretation Series of Westminster John Knox Press: Exodus: A Commentary.
Princeton Theological Seminary, Ph.D.
Union Theological Seminary in New York, S.T.M.
Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo, M.A.T.S.
Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo, B.Th
Who should attend this program?
It’s not 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?
Once the registration for 2023 opens mid-September, scroll down and register online, or you can print, complete, and send the registration form to Laurelville Retreat Center at 941 Laurelville Ln., Mt. Pleasant, PA 15666, or call 724.423.2056 to register by phone during office hours. 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.
Note: Please contact us at 724-423-2056 if you experience any issues with online registration.
What if I must cancel after I have registered?
Life happens, weather happens. We get it. Your payment is refundable until two weeks prior to the event (minus a $50 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit). While we cannot issue refunds after the two-week deadline, you may transfer the balance of your registration payment to a participant coming in your place or we can roll your money into the next year (minus the $50 non-transferable deposit).
- 10 private rooms
- Max occupancy: 40 (4/room)
- Private bathrooms, 1 full bed, and 2 twin beds in each room
- Linens provided
- Associated meeting space: Laurel Room
- Contact for all inclusive pricing
- Floorplan: Motel Room