The Silent Retreat

There are times when we desperately want to hear what God is saying to us. There are also times when we don’t really want to hear what He has to say. In both situations, we need to be able to hear what is being spoken to us.

In the book 1 Kings, in chapter 19, we see Elijah seeking God’s voice. He experiences some pretty spectacular sights and sounds, which would impress anybody looking for an overwhelmingly powerful god, but it is in the gentle whisper, where God’s voice is heard. This world is full of sights and sounds that overwhelm the senses, and it is easy to become buried by them so deeply that you can no longer hear the gentle whisper of God’s voice calling you to take part in His great plan to redeem His creation.

Throughout the weekend of July 31 – August 2, we will be endeavoring to remove the noise with a Silent Retreat. This will be a chance for our middle and high school students to experience the spiritual disciplines of silence and solitude for a weekend. Together we will take increasing amounts of time to be with God, listening for His voice, and exploring how silence and solitude are portrayed in the Bible. We will also take the time to discuss what the students and the leaders (because they need quiet time too) have learned about God or heard from God in those silent times. This time away is designed to make our dependence on the noise of society apparent and our desperate need for God’s voice in our life clear.

We are inviting students to come and take part in this experience. The cost will be $15 (scholarships are available by request) and will include food and the supplies needed for the weekend. We are asking that the students leave their phones and other wireless devices at home for the duration of the weekend, but of course, the leaders will be reachable in case of an emergency. If you would like to be a part of this experience, let us know and we will send out an application. There will be more details to follow, but if you have any questions in the meantime, you can reach out to Mickey Lang (mickeyl@bloomingdalechurch.org) or Chelsea Reinhold (chelsear@bloomingdalechurch.org).