I started Beacon when my daughter was 5 years old because I wanted to be part of a community that shared my values, and raise my daughter in such an environment. I wish there would have been a retreat back then.
She is now 11 years old and we just returned from the Junior Youth Group retreat. Until I attended the retreat, I always felt awkward at coffee hour and never felt very successful at developing new relationships with the adults in the community. The people at Beacon are amazing, but let’s be honest, being a parent of a young child is not always conducive to meaningful conversations with other adults. We tend to run around chasing them, or we are interrupted by a tug on our shirt, or we are cleaning up a spill; who has time to develop friendships under such circumstances?
The few connections I did make in the past 5 years were developed when I attended other UU organized events. An event that gave me the opportunity to be with a group of people for more than just a cup of coffee after service. The retreat is that opportunity for you.
I’m not kidding you when I say attending the UU retreat was a total game changer for me. My daughter had a blast and made some new friends, but more importantly I left there feeling TRULY connected with other adults in the community. We, the adults got to know each other, we had fun together, we talked about our kids, we shared our favorite music and foods, and we got to casually chat as we walked around the beautiful grounds.
I now know names to the many faces I had seen for the past 5 years. Last week, for the first time I felt comfortable coming to the pancake breakfast knowing I would see some of these new friendly faces. I plan to attend my first Services Auction. (In fact, I’m paired up with one of the parents I met on the retreat and we are offering an item.)
I have always loved coming to service, but now I love coming for the company and conversation too.
The Family Experience retreat will offer you the time needed to learn, grow, and bond with the other adults in our community. It will be a game changer, I promise.