I Am Still Growing Because of Silver Lake


"In the beginning, my main drive for being on staff was to be a part of something, a collective of people, but I realized that it is unlike anything else. I had some of my most enjoyable experiences at Silver Lake and made some of the best friends. I learned how to work with others in a setting unlike any other and discovered how to be kind and caring during stressful times. I also learned that watching others grow and learn about themselves is incredibly rewarding." - Graham Sweetnam, Silver ...

Hold Steady and Reach Out


Go easy on yourself and whatever reaction you are having. When you are tempted to close down, reach out instead. Silver Lake friends are great for this.

On the Fifth Day of Christmas


"On the Fifth Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me..." Five Golden Rings represents a lot of money. Imagine how much good we could do with all that gold! In honor of the Holy Family’s need to flee a murderous king (Matthew 2:13-15), today we are learning about refugees around the world and how we can help them. Learn more about some of the organizations that work with refugees: Church World Service - https://cwsglobal.org/ A Silver Lake Mission Partner, Church World Service works to "build...

Ruth Choate

Top 10 Reasons 2-Week Conferences are Going to be Amazing!


The Top 10 Reasons 2-Week Conferences at Silver Lake in Summer 2021 are Going to be Amazing! 1. Community If you thought your camp friendships were unbreakable after one week at camp, imagine how close you'll be after 2 weeks! 2. Deeper Faith Help us create, and immerse yourself in, an intentional Christian Community; listen for God calling; discover your spiritual gifts; engage in conversation and activities about faith and God; and learn what it...

Ruth Choate

The 2021 Silver Lake Board of Directors


The Silver Lake Board of Directors Charter charges the board to “ensure that the Silver Lake mission is clearly articulated and effectively realized, developing and overseeing the implementation of long term strategic short term operational plans that result in a vital viable ministry.” In the spirit of that charge, here’s an update on a few projects the Silver Lake Board is working on, heading into 2021. - Written by Brian Lapis, outgoing Chair of the Silver Lake Board of Directors

Brian Lapis

Family Time on Retreat at Silver Lake


Bring your family to Silver Lake, where there is only spotty cell phone reception and wifi is only available in public areas. Leave your screens at home and get reacquainted with the people you spend every day with.

The Lake in the Time of COVID


For me, Silver Lake is about putting yourself out there and being caught by God’s love. It’s about taking a risk, trying new things, making new friends, and being the person you always thought you could be. It’s about learning to put other people first, taking a deep breath, re-centering, and trying to be a good follower or leader (whichever doesn’t come naturally to you). Written by Nancy True - Silver Lake Board of Directors

12 Days of Christmas At Home


Merry Christmas from Silver Lake! This year, we are celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas with you and your family! Silver Lake's 12 Days of Christmas At Home Box will bring you 12 days of activities to enjoy with your family between Christmas Day and Epiphany. In the United States, the Christmas season has become a marathon that lasts from midnight on Halloween through Dec. 25, and then abruptly ends at the end of the day to make way for after-Christmas sales. But did you know that Christmas ...

2021 Parent Information Sessions


While most people are thinking about Halloween costumes and apple cider, here at Silver Lake our brains are occupied with thoughts of summer. The fall is when we shape the program for the next summer. This year, we are extra busy designing something new that will allow us to safely operate overnight camp in 2021. And we want to tell you about it! Rev. Ryan Gackenheimer, our Executive Director, and I will host two Zoom information sessions: Thursday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 7, at 9...

Support the 2020 Silver Lake Conference Center Annual Appeal


Rev. Kristen Provost Switzer, SLCC Board Member, writes about the importance of supporting the Silver Lake Annual Appeal: "Here’s the thing: whether we are quietly reading during a retreat, playing outside at Christmas at the Lake (sign up today!) or meeting at the amphitheater for sunset evening worship, we don’t need to quantify these formative experiences in terms of dollars and cents. On the other hand, our SLCC staff does."

Kristen Provost Switzer

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Silver Lake Camp & Retreat Center

Silver Lake Camp & Retreat Center is a ministry of the Southern New England Conference of the United Church of Christ.
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