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21st Century Worship: Emerging, Engaging, Enlightening

 Mary at church lower resolutionA Workshop for Pastors, Preachers, Musicians, and Worship Leaders
Understanding and Integrating New Ideas & Elements of Worship

Friday, September 12
Laguna Beach Top of the World Retreat

Led by Rev. Mary J. Scifres
Worship Author, Consultant, & Coach
~Connecting Church and Culture~

Register at: http://maryscifres.com/Worship_Workshop.html



Worship terms and styles shift as quickly as favorite television shows these days.  Postmodern, Emergent, Taize’, Traditional, Seeker, Praise… What do these terms mean?  Do they really help define us?  Can they enhance our ability to reach people in worship?  Workshop leader, coach, and consultant Rev. Mary J. Scifres will enrich our worship leadership as she explores these changing faces of worship with their unique terms and styles and teaches us how to integrate new elements of worship into existing styles of worship.
Together, we will explore the ways worship addresses the spiritual needs that people are experiencing today as we face a constantly changing culture.   Envisioning ways that our worship and preaching ministries can connect us  with the world around us, this exploration will include discussion of the worship needs of postmodern Gen Xers and Gen Yers.  Bring your ideas and questions to this engaging and enlightening conversation!

Friday, September 12, 9:30-2:30
$50 Early Registration (by 9/5) includes lunch & materials
(.5 CEU credit available with certificate for additional $10)

Top of the World Retreat
28825 Top of the World Drive
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

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Rev. Mary J. Scifres, United Methodist Pastor and  Abingdon Press Author, has been a national consultant, preacher, teacher, and coach in worship, visioning, leadership, and church growth for more than two decades.  Having served churches across the nation, Mary brings a broad perspective and diverse understanding of both church and culture.

Mary is author of “Searching for Seekers:  Ministry with a New Generation of the Unchurched,” “Just In Time! Special Services,” “The Abingdon Worship Annual,” “Prepare: A Weekly Worship Planbook for Pastors and Musicians” and “The United Methodist Music and Worship Planner.”

Top of the World Retreat is our new home in Laguna Beach.  Located on both Shady Lane and Top of the World Drive, this multi-level home includes view- and garden-retreat-decks for your enjoyment.  Workshops take place in the spacious living area, and lunch is served in the adjacent dining room, with seating both outside and in.

Our Top of the World Retreat Home offers comfortable space and time to learn, reflect, and retreat.  Situated above the Laguna Wilderness Canyon, this sacred space provides lovely vistas and a quiet place for conversation, contemplation, and education.

Lunch includes salad bar, grilled chicken, and dessert.  Light snacks, coffee, tea, and filtered water will be available throughout the day as well.

Come early or stay late to walk the nearby park or canyon paths or stroll through the Old Top of the World neighborhood.  Just down the hill, enjoy the quaint ambiance and lovely beaches of Laguna, complete with two public paved trails, dozens of beach accesses, five city parks, and one county park.  Art galleries, shops, restaurants, and hotels abound in Laguna Beach.

Located in the heart of southern California, Laguna can be the starting point for a fun family vacation or a relaxing retreat.  Fly into nearby Orange County Airport (SNA) and arrive in Laguna in less than half an hour.  Disneyland and Knotts Berry Farm are only 30 minutes away, Legoland only 45 minutes away, and the sights of either San Diego or L.A./Hollywood are within 70 miles.  Click here for Laguna Beach lodging and recreation information.

As always, private or group coaching sessions are available on Thursday evening before the event or Friday evening & Saturday morning after the event.  Contact Mary for more details.

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