Give yourself 24 hours that will leave you renewed, refreshed, more connected with God, and with a greater understanding of how to connect with Him in prayer.  

These biannual spiritual formation retreats are open to anyone who desires the opportunity to set aside time to be with God, to rest, learn, and become better connected with God and others.  
Is your prayer life stuck in a rut? Does your mind wander when you try to pray? Do you long to connect with God through prayer but you are not sure what to say or do? The focus of this retreat will be Three Ways to Prayer (with your own words, with others’ words, and with no words). These retreats are comfortable and relaxed – no one will be asked to pray out loud. 😃
The experience of retreat – getting away from your normal environment and activities for 24 hours to devote that time to God is life-giving! This retreat comes at an ideal time – the weekend before Holy Week. These 24-hours will better prepare you for the remembrance of Holy Week and celebration of Easter.  
The retreat will be held at The Way Retreat Center, located in north Midland off Todd Road, just five miles from First Methodist! It is an incredible facility situated on 300 acres. It has been thoughtfully and impeccably designed in a way that is deeply worshipful and inviting. If you haven’t been there yet, we can’t wait for you to see it!  Click here to see more pictures of The Way.

Comments from past participants:

  • “These retreats give me a chance to exhale. I enter them not even aware that I am holding my breath.”
  • I love the teaching and just getting away. I don’t do that enough and need to every chance I get.”
  • “I went away with curiosity and desire to study and investigate more about grace, salvation and faith and how they interact in my life.”
  • “I always enjoy them – the relaxing pace and the quiet.”


Registration is $85 per person and includes lodging, meals, snacks and retreat materials. Each attendee will have a private room and private bathroom.

Retreat Schedule:

Friday, April 12:

6:00 p.m.     Dinner at The Way Retreat Center                   

7:00 p.m.     Session 1                   

8:15 p.m.     Break                   

8:30 p.m.     Night Prayer in the Chapel                   

9:00 p.m.     Rest  


Saturday, April 13:                   

8:30 a.m.     Morning Prayer in the Chapel                   

8:45 a.m.     Breakfast

9:30 a.m.     Session 2                   

10:30 a.m.    Break                   

11:00 a.m.    Invitation to Solitude                   

11:30 a.m.    Mid-Day Prayer in the Chapel                   

11:45 a.m.    Lunch                   

12:30 p.m.   Solitude and Silence                   

3:30 p.m.     Session 3                   

4:30 p.m.     Break          

5:00 p.m.     Closing Prayer with Communion in the Chapel                   

6:00 p.m.     Head home  


Other Scheduled Spiritual Formation Retreat Dates and Topics:

  • November 1-2, 2019 (Open [to] the Book: Scripture Retreat)
  • April 3-4, 2020 (In Constant Communion: Communion Retreat)
  • November 6-7, 2020 (Agents of Grace: Giving Grace, the Mission of the Methodists) 
For questions or more information, contact Kara Harris, Coordinator of the Relationship Center & Weddings, by call/text to 432.559.5035 or