CLERGY SUPPORT & STUDY GROUPS
HARC Weekly Bible Study
Mondays at 9:00 am
Safron Bakery Cafe, 287 Eastern Blvd N, Hagerstown, MD 21740
Weekly Bible study for Christian clergy and lay ministers. A time to dig into scripture with other pastors. Typically follows the Lectionary, so it also can help you prepare your sermons a week ahead, if you follow the Lectionary cycle. If interested, contact Kyle Powderly at email@example.com or just show up.
HARC Trivia Team
Wednesdays from 7-9 pm (come as early as 6:30 pm for dinner)
TGI Fridays, 17840 Garland Groh Blvd, Hagerstown
Have a lot of odd facts in your head? Or just enjoy playing games and connecting with other clergy? This is a great opportunity to laugh and be yourself outside the bounds of your congregation. This is NOT “Bible trivia,” it’s regular trivia and only our team is faith-based. If interested, contact Kathy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-842-4272.
Faith Leaders Support Group
Starts Wednesday, October 25 at 3:00 pm
Panera, 17772 Garland Groh Blvd, Hagerstown, MD 21740
Discussion group for clergy and spiritual leaders. Ministry can be challenging, isolating and befuddling. Let’s gather together to share what’s going on in our spiritual community, what’s working as well as the areas that are calling for something more, knowing that together we are better. If interested, contact Rev. Sandy Boyer at email@example.com or just show up.
CPR (Celebrate Pastors Recovery)
Work with pastors who are struggling with some hurt, habit or hang-up and work with them through a Celebrate Recovery Step Study. Small group or one-on-one options. Very confidential process that is an 8-12 month commitment to meet once a week, but the life change is radical with what God does in the pastor’s life.
161 Stanford Road
Hagerstown, MD 21742
Trained as a spiritual director by Shalem Institute, and has been offering spiritual direction since 1994, since 2001 in Washington County.
Diane Younkins, MS, LCPC, NCC
– counseling and pastoral care
for adults in a changing world
South Washington County, MD & Frederick, MD
Pastoral counselor in private practice from home office in the southern tip of Washington County. Also works in Frederick at Trinity Pastoral Counseling Center as a pastoral counselor serving people of all faiths – on a sliding scale. Diane is trained in the Quaker version of Shalem’s spiritual direction program, called the School of the Spirit, and offers spiritual direction/nurture for pastors and lay people. She also participates in peer spiritual supervision of other area spiritual directors in the Washington County area.
Rev. Ron Shank, Director of Pastoral Care Services
Chaplain Ron is involved in community outreach through Brook Lane’s commitment to clergy members. There are a number of ongoing offerings through Brook Lane designed to support pastors and their churches. Learn more here
Am Kolel’s Sanctuary Retreat Center
19520 Darnestown Road, Beallsville, MD 20839-3308
Stay in our comfortable guest rooms, enjoy the beautiful grounds or contemplative time in our magnificent chapel. No phone (except for emergency use), no television, no swimming pool or workout room! Just you and the bounties of creation. Sanctuary is under the auspices of Am Kolel (Hebrew for “an inclusive people”) and is devoted to spiritual renewal, deep ecumenism, and tikkun olam, which means “repairing/healing the world.”
Capital Retreat Center
12750 Buchanan Trail E, Waynesboro, PA 17268
First-class, full-service hospitality campus in the Catoctin Mountains. Having operated a summer camp and provided retreat services since 1987, we are experts in experiential learning, group dynamics, leadership training and youth education. Brand-new Conference Center, opened in summer 2012, and other facilities, all built between 2002 and 2007.
3035 Buckeystown Pike, Adamstown, MD 21710
Situated on 266 acres, Claggett is a place apart where a guest group can focus on team development, strategic planning, spiritual renewal, or education. For those interested in “high tech” Claggett offers a flexible PA system, a variety of projection equipment, wireless internet access, and comfortable furniture that can be arranged to suit almost any need. A ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland.
Columbia Baptist Retreat Center
10861 N Frederick Pike, Cross Junction, VA 22625
The retreat center is set just into the woods about a quarter mile off Route 522. One large common area with gathering space and dining area, rooms with a total of 38 beds.
Dayspring Silent Retreat Center
11301 Neelsville Church Rd, Germantown, MD 20876
An ecumenical silent retreat center, a sacred place set aside for silence, solitude, reflection and prayer. 210 acres of rolling forests, streams and ponds, stone labyrinth, a lodge and an inn. We welcome all who are called to deepen the spiritual life through the practice of silent retreat.
Hallowood Retreat Center
7300 Banner Rd, Dickerson, MD 20842
Located in rural Frederick County, Maryland, near Sugarloaf Mountain. Hallowood is a Christ-centered ministry operated by Saint Luke Lutheran Church of Silver Spring, Maryland. Hallowood exists to make Christ known, to amend lives, to heal, to inspire, to lift, to be a place of rest and refreshment and creativity. Accessible yet remote, comfortable, conducive to small group meetings, available year-round, and allows small communities to grow in a variety of ways. Encourages openness while affording privacy, with healthy and delicious meals.
Holy Cross Abbey
901 Cool Spring Lane
A small community of Trappist monks (O.C.S.O.) in a beautiful and quiet setting. A Retreat House is available for guests to stay either Monday through Friday or for the week-end only. Self-guided retreats are the order of the monastery.
Joy El Camps and Retreats
3741 Joy El Dr, Greencastle, PA 17225
Surrounded by beautiful panoramic views of the lush hills in Greencastle, PA, Joy El provides that feeling of being a million miles away and is the perfect getaway camp location for Christian youth camps, Christian youth group retreats, Christian youth summer camps, and Christian adult retreats. Joy El can comfortably accommodate 250 over-night guests and offers several brand new and newly updated meeting rooms for groups of all sizes including a separate dining hall and a full size indoor air conditioned and heated gymnasium.
Manidokan Camp and Retreat Center
1600 Harpers Ferry Rd, Knoxville, MD 21758
A Ministry of the Baltimore Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church. Over 300 acres bordered by the Potomac River and C&O Canal just 20 miles west of Frederick, MD. Manidokan has a variety of lodging accommodations ranging from shelters to cabins to lodges. This location is great for both small and large groups; youth, adults and families. Delicious meals are prepared by a professional staff and served in the dining center.
3200 Mar Lu Ridge Road
Jefferson, MD 21755
Year-round outdoor ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America situated in the beautiful Catoctin Mountains of central Maryland. Summer camp, year-round retreat and conference center, and programs offered throughout the year. From high-comfort, motel-style accommodations to modern cabins with private baths.
Mt. Aetna Camp & Retreat Center
Owned and operated by Chesapeake Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
21905 Mt. Aetna Road
Hagerstown, MD 21742
301-824-6045 • 301-824-6373 (fax)
Facility dedicated to supporting Christian ministries by providing them a place to regroup, reconnect and relax in the splendor of God’s woodlands. Heated cabins and guest rooms to sleep up to 200, a cafeteria that seats 175, meeting rooms for groups large and small, a seasonal swimming pool, hiking trails, canoeing, basketball and a fabulous nature center. Also offered is a challenge course/team building programs for ages ten and up.
Pearlstone Conference & Retreat Center
5425 Mt Gilead Rd
Reisterstown, MD 21136
Our retreat center, farm, and programs enable and inspire vibrant Jewish life. Engaging Jewish, faith-based, and secular organizations, individuals, and families, Pearlstone Retreat Center serves all ages and backgrounds throughout Baltimore, the Chesapeake region, and beyond.
Priestfield Pastoral Center
4030 Middleway Pike
Kearneysville, WV 25430
The pastoral centers in the Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston are places for outreach to individuals and groups. An ecumenical center open to communities outside of the Diocese for religious, educational or formational purposes. Situated on forty acres of wooded property along the Opequon Creek, in the Shenandoah Valley with well-maintained walking trails through the woods and along the creek, water gardens, outdoor decks and patios providing many choice places for quiet reflection. Facilities for single-day and extended-stay programs.
Retreat and Conference Center at Bon Secours
1525 Marriottsville Rd
Marriottsville, MD 21104
A ministry of the Sisters of Bon Secours located just off Route 70 at the border of Howard and Carroll Counties in south central Maryland. The Center sits at the highest point of 313 acres of pastures and woodlands adjacent to Patapsco State Park. Our facilities are fully air-conditioned with spacious and comfortable meeting rooms of various sizes as well as 70 individual overnight rooms with private bathrooms.
Shepherd’s Spring Outdoor Ministry Center
16869 Taylors Landing Rd
Sharpsburg, MD 21782
An independent, non-profit organization affiliated with the Church of the Brethren. Beautiful 220-acre retreat setting of rolling, wooded land along the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal and the Potomac River, just three miles from Antietam National Battlefield. Year-round programs featuring summer camps for children and youth, programmed as well as unstructured retreats for individuals, religious and educational groups, non-profit and business organizations. Shepherd’s Spring also partners with Heifer International in a global village setting of 18 housing/camping structures (currently building the 13th) and programs.
Sky Croft Conference Center
9621 Frostown Rd
Middletown, MD 21769
Located on almost 300 acres atop beautiful South Mountain in Frederick County, Maryland. Owned and operated by the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware, the center opened in 1977. Development has continued to accommodate 300+ overnight guests year round. We offer a variety of housing accommodations, beautiful surroundings, excellent dining options, warm and friendly service at reasonable rates. Both indoor and outdoor recreational opportunities are available including a high ropes course and confidence course.