Family Retreat 2019

May 11-12, 2019

Families with children age 0–5th grade are invited to experience this wonderful retreat opportunity! Join  Westminster families as we share our stories, grow in our faith, have meals together, enjoy a campfire and s’mores, worship together, and have a lot of fun.

We will provide occasional childcare for the littlest ones, so parents can enjoy all that our retreat leader has to offer. Director of Children’s Ministries Patty Chamberlain will be leading worship and activities for the children.

Tough Questions

Does your child ever ask you a question that really puts you on the spot? Ever find any excuse to end a conversation because there’s no easy answer? It’s normal to have a hard time talking to kids about sensitive, complicated and weighty topics. Jen Cort, educator, clinical social worker and consultant on inclusion and diversity will lead us in exploring techniques and tips for having tough conversations with your children. Her sessions will be centered around how parents can have meaningful conversations with children even when the parent is challenged by the topic. As we learn and worship together, we hope you will leave the retreat feeling more confident to talk to your child about hard topics such as race, sex, faith and money.

Jen Cort’s career blends her experience as a clinical social worker and educator. Her educational administrative experiences are as an assistant head of lower school, head of a middle school and senior administrator. Jen’s therapy background includes serving as a counselor in lower, middle and upper schools as well as private practice. Jen is founder of Jen Cort Educational Consulting.

The Claggett Center

The Claggett Center, run by the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, is situated on 268 acres with a working farm and fantastic views of Sugarloaf Mountain and the Monocacy River Valley. Just south of Frederick, it is about an hour and a half drive from Westminster.

Rooms at the center have one or two queen beds. Children are also welcome to bunk on the floor. Each room has its own bathroom. We have limited space available, so please register early!

Retreat Schedule

The following is a tentative schedule for the Saturday-Sunday retreat. (Families with napping children are welcome to join us later as needed.)

10–10:45 a.m. Check-in at the Inn. Families will receive welcome packets, assignments, and be oriented to the campus and retreat plans.
10:45 a.m. children taken to their respective rooms for play, crafts, snacks, and fun!
11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Workshop for Parents
12:30 p.m. Lunch
1–2 p.m. Family free time/nap time
We’ll hang out in the courtyard, play games, relax and enjoy each other’s company
1:45 p.m. Preschoolers to their playrooms
2-3:30 p.m. Workshop for Parents and Elementary Schoolers
3:30-5 p.m. Free Time or Face painting and Games outside!
5:30 p.m. Dinner
6:30 p.m. Campfire
8:30 p.m. Parent Get-Together

8 a.m. Breakfast
9:30 a.m. Worship & Closing
10:00 a.m. Check out
10:30 a.m. Ziplining for those who have preregistered


Cost: $225/per room reserved. $100 deposit due with registration. Payment can be made by cash, check payable to Westminster Presbyterian Church, or online. Please mark any payment for “Family Retreat 2019.”

Register your family below! Please register by March 31.

Family Retreat 2019

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