Spring Heights offering free Pastor Sabbath Retreats

By Shea James

Thanks to the generosity of the Board of Pensions, our Clergy Support Team, and Spring Heights Camp and Retreat Center, pastors are invited to schedule a free two-night/three-day retreat at the expansive 950-acre Spring Heights facility near Spencer. This opportunity is available to ALL pastors of the West Virginia Conference. Many pastors (ordained, licensed local, and certified lay ministers) have been unable to take time away from the churches they serve due to the pandemic. This self-guided retreat opportunity includes some newly created hotel-style accomodations and offers pastors and their families the chance to slow down, connect with creation, and practice self-care.

In addition to traditional camp-style housing, accomodations include several spaces recently renovated into king/queen bed suites that are complete with comfortable chairs for reading, desks, and private bathrooms. Each lodging option at Spring Heights includes free wifi and a kitchenette and/or kitchen access for meal preparation.

To enjoy your free retreat, follow the steps outlined below and contact the Spring Heights office at 304-927-5865 (Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) or email info@springheights.org to discuss openings and reserve your stay. Spring Heights staff are known for their hospitality, and we know you’ll begin to relax the moment you arrive.

*Families include a pastor and his/her immediate family. If you wish to have extended family members or friends join you, please contact the Spring Heights Camp and Retreat Center office to discuss pricing. 

Step one: Housing 

Choose where you would like to stay.  

Lodge:  Our lodges, located on the main camp side of the Spring Heights campus, have two sleeping areas; one is designed with children in mind and is filled with bunk beds. The other is for adults and contains two queen-sized beds and a small office space. Each bedroom has a private bathroom. The lodges include a common room with a beautiful stone fireplace, kitchenette (mini-refrigerator, coffee pot, griddle, plates, silverware, cups, etc.) tv, and a DVD player. The lodges offer excellent views of our iconic meadow and cross. Guests who stay in the lodge also have access to the dining hall, where a large refrigerator is available for food storage. 

Cottages:  There are three cottages located on the retreat side of the property.  This area has direct access to Spring Height’s frisbee golf course, prayer labyrinth, lake, and several ponds.  It also features an outdoor swing circle around a firepit and a gaga pit.

Cottage 1 has four bedrooms, two shared bathrooms, and a common area with a fireplace, TV and a DVD player. *Note: Guests staying in Cottage 1 have access to the kitchen in Cottage 2 for food storage and meal preparation.

Cottage 2 has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a fully stocked kitchen, a fireplace, dining area, a laundry room, and a back porch. One bedroom has a king-sized bed, a desk, and a private bathroom. The other two bedrooms include four twin beds and a shared bathroom.

Cottage 3 has four bedrooms, each with its own bathroom, a back porch, and a common area with a fireplace, a TV, a DVD player. Two bedrooms have a queen/king-size bed, a desk, and a chair. The other two bedrooms each have four single beds. *Guests staying in Cottage 3 have access to the kitchen in Cottage 2 for food storage and meal preparation. 

Step 2: Activity Options

Choose an activity for you and your family. Costs are covered by Spring Heights. 

Options include horseback riding, canoeing, fishing, challenge course, hiking, or art (you choose your art project and we’ll provide the supplies!) 

Step 3: 

Contact Spring Heights and schedule your stay.

Call the Spring Heights office at 304-927-5865, or email info@springheights.org.  Spring Heights staff look forward to creating this opportunity for you!