Shrine Mont Parish Weekend
Shrine Mont Registration Now Open!
You and your family are invited to Emmanuel's 16th annual parish weekend at Shrine Mont from September 1-3, 4pm Friday until Sunday afternoon. This weekend is designed to be a time of slowing down and connecting, of relaxation and fellowship. For 2017 we are able to offer partial weekend stays so look at all three options below! Owned by the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, Shrine Mont is a mountain retreat that offers a “place apart” to renew the spirit socially and spiritually. Everyone is welcome!
Shrine Mont FAQ
Shrine Mont is the home of the Cathedral Shrine of the Transfiguration—the cathedral of the Diocese of Virginia. It is “a place where people give thanks to God for his creation — from the beauty of the streams, flowers and wildlife which are at home here, to the people who come to this place to celebrate being part of the family of God.” Emmanuel’s annual parish weekend at Shrine Mont is designed to bring us together for fellowship, recreation, reflection, worship and song.
Anyone who wants to relax and share fellowship in a beautiful setting should come!! Shrine Mont is a special place for all people–individuals, couples and families. Meals are included and everything is taken care of; you can do as much or as little as you desire. The slow pace, beautiful surroundings, and free time provide an opportunity for new and longtime members to connect and reconnect.
What will I do while I am there?
You can take part in all activities or just a few. You can bike, hike, swim, or sit on the porch and enjoy the view. There are intergenerational games and prayer boats set to float at evening Compline. There will be a meeting with Rev. Sarah before lunch Saturday. The Shenandoah Music Festival arrives Saturday night, featuring Emmylou Harris, and you can listen from the porch. Sunday morning worship is held at the outdoor cathedral, a natural setting where God’s presence can easily be felt. (Sarah will conduct the service in Greenwood this year, although Sunday service will be held at Shrine Mont by other clergy.)
Emmanuel takes over several cottages and rooms in the Maryland House. Each couple or family has a private room. Each room has a bathroom or a shared family bathroom (parents and kids share one hall bath). Twin beds are simply made and fans are provided. Meals are buffet style in a large dining hall in Virginia House. For more information, see the Shrine Mont website at www.shrinemont.com.
Activities designed for children are part of the program! Many kids bring bikes (don’t forget your helmet!) or scooters to enjoy on the low traffic roads. Older kids enjoy exploring the property with a freedom they often don’t have at home.
What should I bring?
Folding chairs, flashlight, sweatshirt, rain gear, extra fan, water bottle, games, favorite pillow, extra towels, pool towels, sports equipment, sturdy shoes and a smile. Cell service is minimal. Wi-fi is available in the Virginia House lobby. Bring alcoholic beverages for social hour or your own enjoyment on grounds; we will have coolers available for ceiling and soda and water.
Do not bring pets, radios, boom boxes, squirt guns, or water balloons. Skateboards and roller blades are not allowed. Fireworks or firearms of any kind are prohibited. Because of the wooden buildings, smoking is not allowed inside.
How do I get there?
The trip is 1 ½ hours by car and directions will be provided when you register. We will do our best to arrange shared rides if you don’t want to drive yourself.
How do I sign up?
Print info & registration form here! (PDF of Shrine Mont Regis Form 2017}
Coordinators: Cass Cannon at or Anne Dagner at .