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 

Overnight
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

Commuter $144/person

Saturday only $105/person

No LIVE virtual option available in 2023. Email program@laurelville.org if you’d like to purchase access to some of the recordings after the event. 

Registration / Contact

Details/Schedule

 

Friday (subject to change)
4:00 PMRegistration begins Dining Hall
5:30 PMDinner
7:00 PMHymn Festival: Hope and Lament
Evening prayer
9:00 PMSnack
Saturday
8:00:00 AMMorning prayer
8:30 AMBreakfast
9:30 AMMorning plenary
11:00 AMTalkback with Safwat
12:00 PMLunch
1:30 PMPlenary session: Worship Leader and Accompaniment Editions
3:00 PMBreak
3:30 PMBreakout sessions:
Who are we in Voices Together?
Challenges in Implementing VT
Engaging VT with Children
5:30 PMDinner
7:00 PMHymn Sing +
8:30 PMSnack / Zoom Social
9:00 PMEvening prayer
Sunday
8:00 AMMorning prayer
8:30 AMBreakfast
9:30 AMAsk Me Anything/Question Box
10:30 AMMorning worship
12:00 PMLunch

Registration / Contact

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.

     EDUCATION:

    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

FAQ

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).

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Accommodations

Guesthouse

  • 20 private rooms
  • Max occupancy: 76 (4/room)
  • Private bathroom, 1 queen bed, and 2 twin beds in each room
  • Linens provided
  • Associated meeting space: Meetinghouse
  • Contact for all inclusive pricing
  • Floorplan: First, Second

Solarhouse

  • 32 private rooms
  • Max occupancy: 126 (4/room)
  • Private bathrooms; 1st floor rooms: 1 queen bed and 2 twin beds (bunk), 2nd floor rooms: 1 queen bed and 2 twin beds (in loft)
  • Linens provided
  • Associated meeting space in building
  • Contact for all inclusive pricing
  • Floorplan: First, Second

Motel

  • 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

Cottages

  • 4 rooms, 2 shared bathrooms
  • Max occupancy: 10-16
  • Kitchen and supplies
  • Living room meeting space
  • Linens available for $8/person
  • Contact for all inclusive pricing
  • Floorplan: Standard, Danzig
  • 5 cottages available

Meeting Spaces

Meetinghouse

  • Seats groups up to 200
  • Associated lodging space: Guesthouse

Registration

2023 is limited to 200 guests

 How do I register?

As soon as registration for 2023 opens in 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 fax it  to 724.423.2096, 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: If you have any issues with online registration, please contact us at 724-423-2056

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.  As we understand that life and weather can be unpredictable, we can roll your money into the next year.