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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    Perspectives: Retreat Reflections

    Retreat Reflections: Many times, I’ve retreated at Asbury

    November 15, 2018 / By Carolyn Wrinn

    Asbury Retreat Center is a beautiful place and though I have been there every season, I think I like fall the best. The woods full of color; the leaves crunching under your feet. It is quiet, peaceful, spiritual … where you can connect with nature and converse with God. This place has been important to me for many years … my first camp experience as a teenager, many visits with …more

    Retreat Reflections: Quilt by Faith at Casowasco

    November 13, 2018 / By Brenda Swanson

    Four years ago, friends of mine encouraged me to sign up for a “Quilt by Faith” retreat at Casowasco Camp & Retreat Center. I attended church camp there for several years when I was younger and knew how beautiful it was. Even though I was not a “quilter,” I decided to sign up. I had no intentions of sewing or doing any of the projects. However, …more

    Retreat Reflections: Trinity Grand Island UMC’s Retreats

    November 8, 2018 / By Kathy DeGlopper

    The lakeside setting at Asbury Retreat Center is the ideal place for a craft retreat. The Trinity Grand Island UMC’s Crafters have been enjoying our retreats there since 2015. Asbury is a gorgeous rustic setting by Silver Lake with small rolling hills for walks and hikes. It is a picturesque place to watch the seasons change. We usually stay two to four nights. The Manor, where our group stays, …more

    Retreat Reflections: SOLID Youth Retreats (True Confessions of a Youth Minister)

    November 6, 2018 / By Mike Mullin

    My name is Mike Mullin, and I am the Minister for Youth and Discipleship at Asbury First United Methodist Church in Rochester, NY. I started at Asbury First about five years ago, and at that time, the senior high youth already had an established self-led January retreat at Casowasco Camp & Retreat Center. And as much as I like having full control over a retreat, I decided to see what …more

    Retreat Reflections: Royal Family Kids Camp

    November 2, 2018 / By Nancy Murphy

    Houghton Royal Family Kids Camp* has been hosting campers ages 6 - 12 at Asbury Retreat Center. By providing one week of summer camp to 52 children from difficult family/home backgrounds in mid-July for the last 25 years, we have committed together in realizing the vision of Royal Family Kids Camp (RFKC) which is, “Creating positive, life-changing moments for innocent children who have been victims of abuse, neglect and abandonment.”  …more

    Retreat Reflections: The Sewing Room Retreats at Sky Lake

    October 30, 2018 / By Wendy Fairchild and Brenda Contento

    In March of 2008, we had our first retreat at Sky Lake. While our group is called “The Sewing Room,” many of our friends are crafters, not necessarily quilters/sewists, so the mix is a bit different than a traditional quilters-only retreat. We have become a close-knit group and are often asked by others how they can become part of our group, or how to begin a group of …more

    Retreat Reflections: The Women’s Chocolate Getaway at Casowasco Camp & Retreat Center

    October 23, 2018 / By Karin Cockram

    “Welcome Home.” That is the greeting that a person receives as he or she arrives at Casowasco, and it is a perfect welcome for this camp and retreat center. Although I have had a wide variety of experiences there, I was asked specifically to write about the Women’s Chocolate Getaway Retreat which is held at the site, annually, the first weekend of March. The Women …more

    Calls from Camp: A Look Back, Part 2

    August 23, 2018 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    As another summer winds down, so does the Calls from Camp vlog series. Hear some of the amazing life changing experiences campers and counselors alike got to partake in and how it impacted their lives and faith at one of the Upper NY Camp and Retreat Ministry locations: Casowasco Camp & Retreat Center, Sky Lake Camp & Retreat Center, Skye Farm Camp and Retreat Center, Aldersgate Camp and Retreat Center, …more

    Calls from Camp: A Look Back, Part 1

    August 20, 2018 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Spending time at camp has proven to be a life-changing experience, especially if it is one of the Upper New York Camp & Retreat Ministry locations. As the summer camping season winds down, watch as these campers and counselors explain the impact it’s had on them and their faith. …more

    Calls from Camp: Liam

    August 16, 2018 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    It's the first summer Liam has worked at Skye Farm Camp & Retreat Center, located on 400 wooded acres including beach access to Sherman Lake. Watch as he describes how a few short weeks have influenced him and strengthened his faith. …more



    With more than 168,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 865 local churches and 86 new faith communities in 12 districts, covering 48,000 square miles in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state. Our mission is to “live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places."