2018 Men’s Retreat: United
October 26th-28th, 2018
Early Bird Registration Deadline: September 1st, 2018
Regular Registration Deadline: October 1st, 2018
*See discounted rate for Early Bird Registration below.
We invite our men ages 16 and up to join us at Rockridge Canyon Retreat Centre for a Men’s Retreat under the banner of “United”. We are partnering with Westside, Christ City, Crossridge, Crossway, Dunbar Heights, The Shore and Tricity Church to share a time of equipping, encouragement and activity as a community of men across Greater Vancouver.
This is a great opportunity to meet brothers outside of the walls you enter on a Sunday morning, and stir up one another to love and good works. We will spend time together in worship of the God that has united us; in Christ, in our brotherhood, in our experiences and in our needs.
Many incredible activities are offered at Rockridge Canyon (listed in the activities section below). You can also opt in and gear up for ball hockey, basketball or soccer on Saturday afternoon! In addition, there will be awesome giveaways and other great surprises in store, but you’ll just have to come to see what they are! Take the leap and be a part of this adventure!
“I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgement.” 1 Corinthians 1:10
LOCATION & COST
This is a required cost for the retreat. It includes 3 meals on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday, plus snacks. It also includes dorm style lodging for Friday and Saturday night and a whole bunch of great activities.
*Registration deadline: October 1st, please note that there will be no registration adjustments after this date. There is limited space available, so please register ASAP.
**You will be grouped with other members of the church you register with for sleeping arrangements. Final room assignments will be made based on needs for space across the churches.
***There is financial assistance available. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
****No refunds for cancellations will be given after Oct 1.
We will carpool to the retreat. Transportation costs may be extra.
*Full detailed schedule to be posted in the fall.
*Check in available time at 6pm means we will not be able to provide you with room and facility access until then. Early arrival is possible after 3pm.
- Check in available starting from 6pm
- Unpack, Settle, Free Time
- Main Session I - Pastors James Bonney and Brett Landry
- Late Night Free Time
- Group Morning Devotional with Pastor Norm (Optional)
- Main Session II - Pastor Wes Parker
- Activities/Free Time (Fishing, Zip Line, Hiking, Biking, Organized Sports)
- Session III - Pastor Fred Eaton
- Late Night Activities (Cards, Board Games, Fire Pits)
- Group Morning Devotional with Pastor Lee (Optional)
- Session IV - Pastor Matt Glezos
- Pack up, Cabin Tidy, Head Home by 11am
MAIN SESSION SPEAKERS
Wes Parker - Lead Pastor at Dunbar Heights Baptist Church
Wes serves as senior pastor at Dunbar Heights Baptist Church in Vancouver, BC where he and his wife have attended for the last 13 years with their two daughters (11 and 12). He completed his undergrad at Prairie Bible College (Education/Music degree) and went on to complete his Masters of Divinity degree at Northwest Baptist Seminary. He has pursued multiple career paths throughout his life including film/tv, psychology, and firefighting, but now feels all those paths have always been leading to this one he and his family are now walking. He is passionate about family, gospel engagement with a world that needs Jesus, and lifelong learning.
Fred Eaton - Neighbourhood Pastor at Christ City Church in Kitsilano
Fred is the neighbourhood pastor of Christ City Church Kitsilano which launched on April 9th, 2017. Fred has been in pastoral ministry for twenty years. He is married to Marlene and has eight children.
Matt Glezos - Lead Pastor at TriCity Church in Port Coquitlam
Matt is married with four boys, he was formerly an elementary school teacher but he has been serving in church ministry for over 8 years. He was the Family Ministry and Administrative Director at Westside church, but most recently launched TriCity Church in September 2017. The guiding passion of his life is to see people come to faith in Jesus and then help them grow spiritually as they follow the Lord.
Marc Willerton - Director of Worship Ministry at Westside Church
Marc Serves as Worship Director at Westside Church in Vancouver, BC. This year, Marc and his wife Charlene celebrated 10 years of marriage. They have two boys named Oliver and Elliot
Brett Landry - Lead Pastor at Christ City Church in South Vancouver
Brett Landry moved to Vancouver in April, 2011 to work with C2C Network and planted Christ City Church in September, 2013, with the vision of establishing a network of Neighbourhood Churches in Vancouver. Their second Neighbourhood Church, Christ City Church, Kitsilano, was planted on Palm Sunday, 2017 and they have plans to plant again in 2019. Brett serves as the Lead Pastor of Christ City Church and has been married to his wife Alison for 15 years. Together they have three daughters, ages 12, 10, and 8.
James Bonney - Lead Pastor at The Shore Church in the North Shore
James and his wife Nikki moved to BC with a clear call from God to plant a new church. They worked alongside a church plant in Abbotsford, then relocated to do a church-planting apprenticeship with Westside Church. In 2012 Westside planted it’s first “campus” on the North Shore and James was sent to be the campus pastor. At Easter 2018, The Shore Church has moved from “campus” to a stand alone church. James loves Jesus, his family, and good coffee.
Norm Funk - Senior Pastor at Westside Church
Norm is the Senior Pastor and Planter of Westside Church in Vancouver; a church that has planted 4 others in the Lower Mainland. He has been married to his wife Nicole for 23 years and they have two sons: Matthew (16) and Micah (14). For fun, Norm enjoys dating his wife, watching most sports and playing a little golf when the sun’s out.
Lee Francois - Lead Pastor at Crossridge Church
Lee is married and has 4 children (3 teenagers). He has been in vocational ministry for the past twenty years and planted Crossridge Church in 2011. Lee is passionate about teaching God’s Word and sharing the gospel with anyone who will listen. He also loves sports of all varieties - especially football…and…baseball…and pretty much everything else.
Hiking and Biking
There are many hiking and biking trails that go up the mountains and surround the lake. Bikes are provided at the retreat centre, but feel free to bring your own.
Kayaking and Canoeing
Available at the retreat centre upon request.
To participate in this, you will need to bring your own rod. Bragging rights abound, we all have our “big fish” stories.
Basketball, ball hockey, soccer and beach volleyball are all available to play up there. During registration you will be provided the opportunity to sign up for one of these. If there is enough interest, we will be finding volunteers to gather people and coordinate the game during Saturday afternoon.
Available at the retreat centre upon request.
There are many tables available of all sizes for board games, bring your favourite game up with you.
There will be an opportunity to purchase a zip line ride at the retreat. More information to follow on this closer to the retreat date