Join us for the All Church Retreat in Charlotte on October 23-25. The theme is Do-Love-Walk from Micah 6:8. It will coincide with our October sermon series, “What Does the Lord Require of You?”. We are very much looking forward to a weekend of fellowship including virtual campfire sing-a-longs, morning coffee and workshops, followed by an afternoon of activities of your choosing. We are going to Do-Love-Walk all over Charlotte through outreach opportunities, hikes, CROSS walks, pumpkin decorating, a Saturday night drive-in movie (weather permitting), and finally, concluding with worship on Sunday. You don’t want to miss this!

      Retreat Itinerary

1-2 p.m. or 5-6 p.m. Pick up your retreat bag from the church | Circle Drive

7 p.m. Enjoy some s’mores and tune-in to a livestream campfire sing-a-long with Cameron Moore |  Watch here

9 a.m. Coffee Connection | Join here

10-11 a.m. Morning Lesson, “What does the Lord Require of You?” with John, Ben, and Savannah; complementary craft provided for children | Join here

12 p.m. Lunch pick-up (if purchased) | Circle Drive

11 a.m.-4 p.m. Afternoon Activities (see detailed info and sign up in the “Activities” section below)

  • Scavenger hunt
  • Pumpkin Decorating Contest (submit pictures by 5 p.m.)
  • Self-guided hikes
  • 2 p.m. Guided Hike at Purser-Hulsey Park’s Painted Rock Trail
  • Outreach Opportunities: Hope Haven Goodie Bags, Grocery Delivery for Loaves & Fishes, 2 p.m. CROSS Urban Walk

7 p.m. Drive-in Movie “Evan Almighty” (PG – 1 hr 36 minutes) at the Outreach Center Parking Lot (weather permitting)

8:45 a.m. Livestream Church-wide Worship  |  Watch here

11 a.m.-12 p.m. Hope Haven Drop off | Circle Drive

      Activities & Sign-ups

Below is a list of retreat activities, information, and corresponding sign-ups that have been planned throughout Charlotte. Some activites are limited in capacity, so please use the links to sign up ahead of time. The map shows the locations of activites, hikes, and designated parking. 

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Campfire Sing-a-long

Enjoy some s’mores and tune-in to a livestream campfire sing-a-long with Cameron Moore to kick off the retreat weekend. S’mores will be provided in your retreat bag. | Friday, October 23 | Watch here

Hiking

Guided hike with Lauren Sawyers – Join a free guided hike with Charlotte-adventurer and Covenant Presbyterian member, Lauren Sawyers.

  • Purser-Hulsey Park’s Painted Rock Trail, Saturday, October 24, 2 p.m. – Where to meet: The park is located at 13201 Phillips Rd., Matthews, NC, 28105. Note: There are no restroom facilities; plan accordingly. What to expect: The natural surface, gently undulating Painted Rock Trail is a 1.5 mile loop. This trail is heavily shaded and lined with fun, clever painted rock trail markers. Midway through, we’ll tack on an additional half-mile hike through the Enchanted Forest Trail, a beautiful sidetrack through a stretch of tall pines. What to bring: A mask to wear as we gather, comfortable walking shoes, water and snacks,  hats, sunscreen and sunglasses | Sign up

Self-guided hikes – Check out some of Charlotte’s local trails at your own pace (marked on the map to the right).

  • Evergreen Nature Preserve | Info
  • Eastover Greenway | Info
  • Trail of History | Info
  • Twelve Mile Creek | Info
  • Purser Hulsey Park | Info
  • Colonel Frances Beatty Park (Biking) | Info
  • Big Rock Nature Preserve | Info
  • Buffalo Creek Nature Preserve | Info
Scavenger Hunt

Go on a self-guided scavenger hunt. Resources can be found in your retreat bag or find a list here.

Send us a silly picture with your findings by 5 p.m. on Saturday! Upload your pictures to Instagram with the hashtag #MPPCRetreat or email them to MPPCRetreat2020@gmail.com. If you tag your picture on Instagram, look for it to appear at the bottom of this webpage in the “Get Connected” section! (Accounts must not be set to private to appear).

Outreach - Hope Haven

We are asking families to put together goodie bags with cards and notes of encouragement for our neighbors at Hope Haven. Baked goods such as cookies, brownies, cupcakes, bundt cakes, etc. are an awesome way to lift their spirits –  homemade or store-bought. We encourage your family to get creative, these items can be decorated by your family or themed! Please pack your baked goods and cards in paper bags, aluminum cookie tins, or cellophane bags sized for families of 4 (reference photos below). | Drop off at Circle Drive between 11-12 on Sunday | Sign up