Eucharist Village is…
…a four day festival celebrating the goodness of God in the midst of His creation.
This is an opportunity to slow down, intentionally attune ourselves to God, and capture a deeper sense of what true Christian Communion as the Body of Christ looks and feels like—deep conversations, joy and laughter, delicious food, recreation, leisure, and intentional time for prayer and reflection.
Festivals have long played an essential role in shaping the people of God. In ancient Israel, God commanded the people to travel long distances to join together for festivals THREE times a year. This entailed a lot of effort, but also produced a lot of joy and cultivated a thick sense of belonging and identity. The festival included a lot of time for fellowship, conversation, and leisure while simultaneously recalibrating the entire community to live in reference to God. Though our festival is not mandated by God in any way, it is inspired by the model of ancient Israel and the power of pilgrimage (many Christian examples exist) in order to shape us more deeply into Christ.
Who is invited? Eucharist Church and friends (we have an application process for those who are not regular participants in our church life). If you’re curious and want more information, please email Fr. Ryan (ryan@eucharistSF.org)
“I’ve heard enough! I’m in!”
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Fellowship, Spiritual Formation, Creation…
Eucharist Village will be a unique formational experience, an opportunity for spiritual growth, and relational connection. We’ll be spending four days in nature as we experience life together as a kind of village in reference to Christ. This isn’t just a weekend away. We’ll be structuring our “village” around some shared commitments…
– shared communal rhythms of worship & prayer (morning, noon, evening)
– shared duties: cooking, cleaning, fire-making, helping with the kids, etc.– fellowship (conversation, hiking, games, activities together, etc.)
– leaning into times of solitude and silence.
– spiritually formational rhythms of learning, practice, and reflection.
– embracing the opportunity to disconnect from our technology-soaked lives, and take part in a kind of digital technology fast for the four days (emergencies excepted).
Ultimately, our hope and prayer is that we will be shaped and formed more deeply into Christ and as people who truly love each other by engaging this experience together.
The Essential Details
Dates: Wednesday, July 18 (afternoon / evening) through Sunday noon, July 22, 2018
NOTE: You MUST commit to arrive by no later than Thursday morning and stay through Sunday noon in order to participate in this event. Because of the communal commitments to these spiritually formative daily rhythms, it would take away from the experience to have people coming and going at various times. We understand that this means that many of you will have to take time off work. However, we believe that it will be worth it!
Location: Manzanita Lake, located within in Lassen Volcanic National Park – 1 hour east of Redding, CA – 5,900’ elevation; approximately 4 hours drive from San Francisco.
Accommodations: We have reserved multiple cabin sites (enough for 30 people total) in a campground next to a lake perfect for hiking, canoeing, or just resting leisurely beside. The cabins are rustic. They have beds, with mattresses (BYOLinens / sleeping bag), propane heat, and a lantern. They have no electricity or running water. There are flush-toilets, coin-operated showers, and laundry facilities nearby. You can drive your car to the campsite (no hiking necessary). There is electricity in the campground, but not at our campsites (plan to leave the iPad and laptop at home.) The temperature will be warm in the daytime and crisp/cool at night. It’s a great place for kids and those who may not typically go camping.
Cost*: includes all food, cost of campground, T-shirt, and spiritual formation materials**
– Adults (age 18 and up) =
– $199 Early Bird Rate (through May 13th)
– $245 Regular Adult Price (through July 1st)
– Kids 12-18 / Full Time Student =
– $125 Early Bird Rate (through May 13)
– 175 Regular Student Price (through July 1st)
– Children age 4-12 =
– $50 Early Bird Rate (through May 13)
– $65 Regular Student Price (through July 1st)
– Children 3 or under = free
* We don’t want anyone to miss out on this opportunity for lack of funds. Please talk to Fr. Ryan about scholarship assistance if that would help.
** Cost does not include camping gear or drinks (other than water and juice). You’ll need to rent, borrow, or buy a sleeping bag. Cost also does not include National Park Entrance Fees ($25, good for 1 car for 7 days) – not necessary to get into the campground, but probably for day trips.
Registration closes for everyone July 1st.
What does a day in the life of Eucharist Village look like?
It includes kids and adults. It’s spiritually and relationally engaging. It fosters joy and connection, but honors the needs for individual space. Roughly speaking, it looks like mornings engaging in Spiritual Formation and afternoons and evenings focused on fellowship and whatever adventure you have in mind.
A sample day at Eucharist Village…
– Morning-Breakfast | Morning Prayer | Worship (kids and adults together)
– Spiritual Formation Instruction (kids have their own special activity)
– Solitude (kids have a special activity)
– Reflection Small Groups
– Midday prayer | Lunch
– Afternoon = Leisure: hiking, relaxing, fishing, swimming, games, napping, reading, etc. (whatever you want)
– Evening prayer | Dinner
– Campfire, games, stargazing, etc
Our vision at Eucharist Church is to live all of life in reference to Christ. This is a communal vision – meaning it takes a village inspired/indwelled by the Holy Spirit to enact it. But in many ways our imagination about Christian life together has been malnourished by the constant intensity that characterizes the busy, noisy, tech-saturated, self-focused, fast-moving culture of the Bay Area. The lives we lead often leave us hungering for something deeper and simpler, life in a village of sorts… a place characterized by the joy of knowing and being known.
But where do we start? That’s what Eucharist Village is all about. We hope to jumpstart our imagination for life here in the City by starting with something simpler… an experience where you enter into a rhythm of shared life together—eating, praying, worshiping, learning, recreation, leisure, campfires, storytelling, games, etc.—all in reference to Christ! The vision is for us to repeat this experience, deepen it, and include more and more people in it over the coming years. We hope that it will be used by God to cultivate us into a distinctive people who can act as ambassadors of the Kingdom of God in the midst of San Francisco, and beyond. To be an ambassador, you must be steeped in the culture you want to represent and extend. Eucharist Village is an opportunity to dive in head-first.