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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 my family, more recently the quilt & craft and other adult retreats.

    Asbury allows for a getaway weekend where you create on your own time and learn from others. Turn off your phone, have fun and laugh with the group, enjoy great meals prepared by the kitchen crew, and you don’t have to do the dishes!! You will love the pancakes with Asbury’s Pure Maple Syrup (from those beautiful trees). 

    Meaningful devotions inspire conversation. Then you can sew or craft as much as you want, meditate or watch the sunset on the sun dock, listen to the birds before breakfast, sense the quiet of the night … all reminding you that this is God’s country.   

    Now, my grandchildren also enjoy Asbury with our church. Fun games, good eats, ‘family group’ time, and learning mindfulness and spirituality. Asbury is a place for all ages and where experiences and memories bring you back.

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    With more than 168,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 865 local churches and 91 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."