News & Events
Coming Up at Incarnation
Tuesday, September 20
7:00 p.m. Stewardship Committee meets in the Parish House.
September 23 – 25
Parish Retreat. (Read more below.)
Homecoming Sunday, October 2
Join us for an especially festive Eucharist at 11:00 a.m. as we celebrate a new year of worship, formation, service and community, followed by a bagel brunch in the Assembly Hall.
12:00 p.m. A brief tour of Incarnation’s art and architecture by one of our volunteer tour guides. Meet at the back of the church by the Chapel of the Resurrection.
Tuesday, October 4
6:30 to 8:00 p.m. The Women’s Group meets in the Parish House. Guest speaker Retta Blaney will discuss the 10 elements of the universal spiritual life — Faith, In the Moment, Listening, Silence, Prayer, Self-Knowledge, Community, Hospitality, Ritual and Transformation — and their importance to practitioners in the arts and in the Judeo-Christian tradition. Retta is a journalist, writing professor and author of Working on the Inside: the Spiritual Life through the Eyes of Actors.
Sunday, October 9
12:00 to 1:30 p.m. Acolyte pizza lunch and practice session.
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Blessing of the Animals on the church steps, followed by special prayers for pets, including the departed, at Candlelight Communion.
Thursday, October 13
6:30 p.m. Incarnation Camp alum and celebrated New York Times columnist David Brooks will speak at the Princeton Club of NYC about the upcoming 2016 election. Join us for this Camp fundraiser by registering here. Tickets start at $125.
Saturday, October 22
10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The Rev. Adrian Dannhauser will lead the 20s/30s Group on a tour of some scenic favorites and secret gems in Central Park, followed by an outdoor “Hearty Eucharist” with bread, wine, olives, cheese, and a few more first-century staples. RSVP to Adrian so we know just how hearty to make this Eucharist! We’ll meet at the 72nd Street entrance to the Park off 5th Avenue. A $5 donation is suggested but not required.
Tuesday, October 25
7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Screening of the documentary Very Young Girls. The film follows underage youth in New York City as they seek to exit the commercial sex industry and includes startling footage shot by pimps themselves, giving a rare glimpse into how the cycle of exploitation begins for many women. Very Young Girls is co-produced by the founder of GEMS (Girls Education & Mentoring Services), a Harlem based non-profit that serves girls and young women who have been trafficked for sex. A speaker from GEMS will join us for Q&A following the film. Cost of admission is $5 for GEMS or an item from their Amazon Wish List, which helps cover basic needs for girls in recovery. Contact the Rev. Adrian Dannhauser for more information.
Parish Retreat September 23-25
We are planning a fall retreat at Incarnation Center in Ivoryton, Connecticut and invite everyone in the parish (youngest to oldest) to participate. The retreat begins with dinner on Friday, September 23, and continues through lunch on Sunday, September 25. There will be spiritual formation, outdoor and indoor recreation, as well as time for rest and worship. Please read on to learn about what we have in store!
The poet Walt Whitman tells us that our days are filled with “letters from God.” However, we seldom take the time to open them. This parish retreat is an opportunity to do just that. We will focus on listening for God, considering our own blessings and burdens, invitations and insights, and how Christ is present in the midst of it all as companion and teacher. We will worship together, learn new prayer practices, and take stock of where God has been at work throughout our lives with a view toward seeing where God is leading each of us today.
One practice we’ll explore is making and using Anglican Prayer Beads.
Rest and Recreation
The serenity and beauty of the surroundings at Incarnation Center provide a sacred, natural setting for rest and recreation. The 700+ acre grounds boast several hiking trails, a nature center, an animal farm and a private, mile-long lake. Indoor and outdoor chapels provide space for contemplation, as do the labyrinth and Stations of the Cross. There are plenty of communal areas for sitting and reading, including a library. We’ll also make use of the fire pit for s’mores on Saturday night!
You can take out a boat or go for a swim in the lake.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I get there?
A: You are welcome to drive (approximately 105 miles) or take the train. Travelling by train includes taking Metro North to New Haven, switching to the Shore Line East line, and then taking that from New Haven to Old Saybrook (approximately 3 hours). The Old Saybrook station is 10 minutes from Incarnation Center, and someone from the Center will be there to pick you up.
Q: How much does the retreat cost?
A: The cost of the retreat is $185 for adults and $85 for children ages 4-13, plus train fare (unless you choose to drive). There is no charge for children under 4 years old. A $50 deposit is required to reserve your spot.
Q: What are the accommodations?
A: We will be staying in Brooks Cottage, which provides single and double bedrooms, shared same-sex bathrooms, a deck, covered porch and meeting room with fireplace.
Q: What’s the food like?
A: Meals are served buffet style at 8:00 am, 12:30 pm, and 6:00 pm in the Lodge Dining Hall right next to Brooks Cottage. The menu varies with the seasons, but dishes include roast flank of beef with shallots, lamb stew, braised escarole and roasted salmon with lemon. The chef is happy to accommodate special food requirements.
Q: How much free time will I have?
A: Roughly half our time will be spent together in meals, fellowship, worship, and group sessions. The rest of the retreat is completely unprogrammed, providing ample time for rest, relaxation and exploring the grounds.
Learn more about Incarnation Center at https://www.incarnationcenter.org/
Incarnation and Social Media
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