Black Rock Retreat Blog

By Nancy Engel |

God of the Silence

Friday night I stood before our Silent Sanctuary Retreat guests at Black Rock Retreat. It was the first few minutes of our time together. Many faces looking back at me were familiar, loved, have become a part of my support, my family. Many return to Black Rock Retreat for this event each year in January as a way to start the year off on a clear path. There were unfamiliar faces as well.....looking at me with uncertainty, expectancy, a little fear. What would these 37 hours of silence bring? I gave my welcome and opened my mouth to pray. One sentence came out. I paused. And that’s… Read More

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Four Keys to a Dynamic School Retreat

Do you want a chance to cut through the student cliques in your hallways? Have you wondered how to get your students more focused on the things that matter rather than the “he said she said” chatter or the latest gossip that has hit the lockers this week? The real question is this... How you can strip away the fog to get to the heart of the issues facing your students? For years camps have offered outdoor education as a great fun and educational excuse for getting students out of the classroom, out of the halls and away from some of that fog that guards their heart issues. Outdoor… Read More

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Citizens of Heaven: Reflections on Summer Camp 2016

This world is not our home. "But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables Him to bring everything under His control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like His glorious body." – Philippians 3:20-21 This was my 7th year as the Summer Camp Director at Black Rock Retreat. I was a counselor/program staff for 6 years prior to that and a camper for 8 years prior to that. You might say Black Rock Retreat is like a home to me! Many whose lives have intersected with Black Rock Retreat… Read More

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This is Ministry

This morning, I turned off of Route 472 and headed up the driveway at Black Rock Retreat. How many times have I driven this path...transported by my parents as a young camper, in "my" sporty Camaro as a summer camp counselor, with my husband as a retreat guest, and for the past 14 years as a part-time team member? Sometimes the sky has been overcast, and other times, the blue sky is the perfect backdrop as the sun filters through the trees. No matter what the season or weather, if I take the time to notice, I can sense God's peace. He is here and intent on bringing healing, comfort,… Read More

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