Silver Lake Update - January 20, 2023

January 20, 2023

Update From the Lake

A monthly email update from Silver Lake Camp & Retreat Center
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In Memoriam: Ruth Turner Tyrol

"Ruth Tyrol (and Alden) held a legacy of welcome and transformation at Silver Lake Camp and Retreat Center.  How they developed leaders, seeded faith, and created a foundation for so many people to be connected to community and to God.  I am grateful to God for their legacy ongoing, and the ways that I, and many others, are who we are as a result of their leadership," said The Rev. Chris Davies, Executive Minister for Programs and Initiatives.

A celebration of Ruth’s life will be held at the Salisbury Congregational Church in Salisbury, CT on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 10:00 am. The service will be live streamed. It is requested that anyone attending in person please wear a mask. Masks will be available at the church. Read more


Summer Camp 2023 is Coming Soon!

We are still finalizing all the details, so stay tuned for information about the camp schedule, registration dates, and summer staff positions.

We appreciate your patience and understanding, and we can't wait to have you at the Lake this summer!

Watch the video from Rev. David Camphouse
Director of Silver Lake Camp & Retreat Center - Read more about David


Summer T-Shirt Design Contest

We have received over 15 submissions of designs for the 2023 Silver Lake Summer T-Shirt. Thank you to all those that submitted designs!

We have narrowed it down to 5 designs, and NOW IT'S TIME TO VOTE!

View all the options on our Facebook page, and vote by liking, loving, or commenting on your favorite design(s).

Votes will be accepted through Tuesday, January 31, 2023, and the winning design and artist will be announced in February.


Hold a Silver Lake Sunday This Spring

We invite and encourage you to designate a Sunday this spring as Silver Lake Sunday to celebrate your church's participation in our Outdoor Ministry Program.

If you would like Silver Lake Director, Rev. David Camphouse, to participate in the service and/or speak afterword, email David Camphouse

Find resources to help share Silver Lake with your community on our website


Save the Date - 2023 Silver Lake Award Celebration

Honoring: Whendi Cook-Broderick

Sunday, April 16, 2023 - 2-5 p.m.
Farmington Gardens - Farmington, CT

Tickets - $65 per person
Registration coming soon!


Upcoming Events

View the Southern New England Conference event calendar

Youth Retreat: Sabbath in a Modern Age

March 17-19, 2023
Craigville Retreat Center, Cape Cod

Registration Deadline is January 27, 2023

All youth, grades 7 -12, and their group leaders are welcome!
$195.00 per person including adult leaders.
Friday evening (dinner not included) to Sunday morning (breakfast included)

This 2-day retreat is intended for teens from Southern New England Conference of the United Church of Christ. Whether you have come to SNEUCC retreats before, or have never been on retreat, come to find nourishment for your soul. Learn more


Environmental Justice Youth Retreats

February 18, 2023 at Irons Homestead (snow date – March 25) 
May 6, 2023, at Silver Lake 

Nature & Neighbors is a day-long environmental justice retreat for youth, will include exploration of environmental racism and environmental justice; engaging scripture and spiritual practices that inspire and sustain action; and experiencing God’s Creation firsthand at either Silver Lake or Irons Homestead, two of the beautiful outdoor ministry sites affiliated with the Conference. Learn more.

Middle and high school groups of any size, or individual youth with an accompanying adult, are welcome to sign up. Program cost is $75 per participant – please contact Emma Brewer-Wallin for sliding scale rates. We want you to participate and cost should not be a barrier!

Register now!


UCC New England Women's Celebration XI

March 17-19, 2023
DoubleTree by Hilton - Manchester, NH

You are invited and encouraged to attend Celebration XI for a weekend of worship, community, workshops, vendor marketplace, and connection with other women of faith.
Come for the entire weekend, or just for the day on Saturday.

Registration is open now! Learn more and register online

$125 - Full registration* (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday)
$100 - Saturday-only registration*

*Please note, the registration fee does not include meals or accommodations.

Prices increase on February 1

We are honored to be in ministry with you, striving to make disciples of Jesus, form covenant partnerships, make God’s love and justice real, and bring new life as agents of change.
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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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