2017 Parish Weekend Away
October 6-8, 2017
Register now for the first-ever St. James’ Parish Weekend Away at Iroquois Springs – an overnight camp and conference center in the Catskills! This parish-wide gathering over Columbus Day weekend promises to be rewarding and rejuvenating. Parishioners of all ages are invited to recharge your minds and bodies and enrich your souls during a weekend away filled with fellowship, service, worship, and fun.
To print at home and drop off at St. James':
- Click here to open the registration form (PDF).
- Print out the form and return to the Stewardship mailbox at Reception in the Parish House
What is Iroquois Springs?
Iroquois Springs is an overnight camp and conference center located in the Southern Catskill Mountains, just 90 miles from New York City. Click to download a PDF map of the grounds or learn more online at iroquoissprings.com.
What will we do there?
A Planning Group, comprised of St. James’ staff and parishioners are working on the programming and arrangements. The schedule for the weekend looks like this, although there will be updates as planning progresses:
What is the timeframe for the weekend?
October 6-8, 2017, falls on Columbus Day weekend. Organized bus transportation will leave St. James’ Church around 3:30 p.m. on Friday, October 6, for arrival to Iroquois Springs around 5:00 p.m. The Program will begin with dinner at 5:45 p.m. on Friday evening and conclude at lunchtime on Sunday, leaving the remainder of the holiday weekend (Sunday afternoon and all day Monday) free. There will be bus transportation back to St. James’ Church at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 8.
Is there a guest speaker? Yes!
The Rev. Jimmy Bartz will be a guest speaker and retreat leader. Jimmy is currently the Rector of St. John's Church in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and before that was the founding pastor of Thad's, a creative Episcopal church in Los Angeles that seeks to "bring the transforming love of Jesus into people's lives in positive, transformative, and practical ways." Jimmy is a dynamic speaker and leader in our church, and we are thrilled he will be with us.
What are the accommodations like?
Iroquois Springs basically has dormitory-style cabins that can sleep up to 18 people. Towels and linens will be provided. All cabins have their own bathrooms and showers.
There are no telephones or televisions in the rooms or cabins, but there is Wi-Fi connectivity at the Camp.
What will the meals be like?
Meals will be served either buffet or family-style in or near the Dining Hall. Special dietary needs will be accommodated.
What will it cost?
Costs are affordable (see the registration form for specifics). The cost of your stay will include 2 nights of lodging, 6 meals and all programs. Round trip bus transportation to the camp will be available at $50.00 per person. A scholarship fund will be available.
What will I need to bring?
Comfortable, casual clothes for a fall weekend away (including fleeces, rain jackets, etc.) as well as appropriate footwear to be outdoors.
Everyone! We hope to have every age group, every marital status, babies, kids of all ages, teens and tweens, those who like to ‘join in,’ those who prefer to ‘check out’ – everyone at St. James’ is welcome to attend.
What happens at St. James’ when everyone is away?
All clergy and staff are planning to be at the Parish Weekend Away. Back in New York, there will be one service on Sunday with a supply priest preaching and officiating.