Shrine Mont Parish Weekend 2016

Shrine Mont Registration Now Live!

Register now for our parish retreat to Shrine Mont on Labor Day weekend, September 2-4, 2016. Our parish retreat to Shrine Mont has something for everyone: hiking, swimming, group games, relaxing on the porches, arts & crafts, worship, and more! And home cooking (that YOU don't have to make)! Soul food and food for the soul!

Register for Emmanuel Parish Retreat to Shrine Mont here!

Mark your calendars for more Shrine Mont Scholarship FUN-draising events:

  • June 26, 12pm, Shrine Mont Fun Fest: Cake walk, family cookout, games, and raffle. Something for all!
  • July 3, 10, & 17, 11am: Book Sale after services. Donate books and take home books to enjoy.

Please join us for these events!

Scenes from Shrine Mont:


Shrine Mont FAQ

What is Shrine Mont?

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,” as beautifully stated on Shrine Mont’s web site. Emmanuel’s annual parish weekend at Shrine Mont is designed to bring us together through fellowship, recreation, reflection, worship and song, all in a lovely setting featuring fresh air, blue skies, springs, and friendly people.

Who should come to Shrine Mont?

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. It is a restful place apart from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Once you arrive, everything is taken care of, and 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 of the activities or just a few. You can bike or hike or swim or you can sit on the porch and enjoy the view. Or some of both! Favorite events include intergenerational Olympics and making prayer boats for evening Compline. Other activities are organized for Friday night after dinner, and Saturday morning. After lunch Saturday, various leisure activities are available: hiking, tennis, swimming, reading, napping. Saturday evening events bring everyone together. Saturday evening also sees the Shenandoah Music Festival arrive in Orkney Springs, an event you can enjoy from afar even without a ticket. Our Sunday morning worship service is held at the outdoor cathedral, a natural setting where God’s presence can easily be felt.

Where do we stay?

Emmanuel takes over several cottages and uses rooms in the Maryland House. Each couple or family has a private room or rooms. Individuals may choose to share rooms with a friend if you like. Each room has a bathroom or a shared bathroom (as in parents and kids would share one hall bath). Twin beds are simply made and fans are provided in many rooms. Meals are buffet style in a large dining hall in the Virginia House. For more information, maps and layout see the Shrine Mont website below.

What about children?

Child care will be provided for those under 8 during part of the weekend so grown ups can enjoy all the activities. Activities designed specifically for children will be available. 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 and love to visit the local candy store.

What should I bring?

Folding camp chairs, flashlight, sweatshirt, rain gear, a fan, water bottle, favorite 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.

What should I leave at home?

Do not bring pets, radios, boom boxes, squirt guns, or water balloons. Skateboards and roller blades also are not allowed. Fireworks or firearms of any kind are absolutely prohibited. Because of the wooden buildings, smoking is not allowed in any building.

How do I get there?

The trip is 1 ½ -2 hours by car and detailed directions will be provided when you register. Rides can be arranged if you don’t want to drive yourself! Once you arrive, you will park your car and won’t need it for the weekend.

How do I sign up?

Get a registration form after the ten o’clock service at church or here. There is a maximum per family cost, subsidized by fundraising at Emmanuel. Turn your form in with a check to Anne and Donovan Dagner or to the church office.

For more information:

● Contact Cass Cannon and Jim Gunther at 

call the church office (540-456-6334)

the Shrine Mont website is


Photos from Parish Weekend 2010

Photos from Parish Weekend 2008

Photos from Parish Weekend 2007

Photos from Parish Weekend 2006

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