Explore our Image of God
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What images come to mind when you hear the word God? How about the words Diyos, Dieu, Allah, Mungu, Theos, Gott, 神 (Shén), Gud, Dios or אלוהים (Elohim)? Do the words for God in your native language or in other languages produce different images in your mind? Do you see an old man sitting on a cloud? Is God angry or is he calm? Is he mean or is he kind?
Every culture (religious, national, generational, economic, family, etc…) can help us better understand the true nature of God and every culture can hinder us from understanding and knowing God. So how can we recognize the difference?
Join us for our All Church Fall Retreat led by Pastor Tim Vance, as we explore these questions in worship, small group conversations, special workshops, fun activities, quiet time and mealtime.
All Church means EVERYONE is invited to be part of this special time together! Programs are being developed for children, youth, young adults, adults and families. This is a fantastic opportunity to get to know each other while learning, worshipping and relaxing together.
The retreat will take place 28-30 October at the Massibielle Retreat Center in St. Prix (95) – a 20 minute train ride from Gare du Nord. Participants will be greeted at the station on Friday evening and taken to the Center by shuttle. Upon arrival, there will be a time of fellowship with a welcome buffet. We’ll play games geared at getting to know each other!
Saturday morning we’ll begin the day with worship before launching into teaching. Pastor Tim Vance will lead the retreat as we explore together our image of God. While adults discuss and share in small groups, children will have their own time of learning.
After lunch, various workshops will be offered – creative times of art, storytelling as well as games and walking in the nearby Montmorency forest. There is also time to simply rest and enjoy the natural setting of the Massibielle Retreat Centre. Retreats are meant to be a time to slow down, relax and reflect away from the distractions of our busy lives.
In the evening, we’ll join together for further fellowship and teaching, sharing with each other our experiences of the day. A surprise awaits the children…
On Sunday, we will take time to worship together, conclude the teaching and enjoy lunch before going back to Paris in the early afternoon. The retreat will cost €125 for adults, €75 for Young Adults, €140 for an adult and child, €250 for a family (2 adults and up to 2 children) and €40 for an additional child. The price includes all meals, 2 nights’ accommodation, sheets, and shuttle from the St. Prix station. Please do not let money keep you from joining us for this retreat. Scholarships are available.
Register below or at the welcome desk in the lobby of the American Church in Paris to attend or sponsor someone else's participation.
For more information about the weekend, please contact the Christian Education Committee or the Associate Pastor.