The new Wardlaw Pastoral Retreat Cottage at Camp Chestnut Ridge was dedicated on Nov 10. Through the grace of God and a generous gift from the Wardlaw family, through the NC Conference of the United Methodist Church, this cottage has been built to be a place of retreat for clergy, church staff and their families. In this place, surrounded by the beauty of God’s Creation, this cabin will provide a place of respite and renewal. A place for Sabbath. A place for prayer. A place of connection, as guests disconnect from the normal rhythm of their busy lives, in order to reconnect with God and with each other.
The Dedication Service was led by Chestnut Ridge Director, Rev. Nick Jeffries, NC UM Camps Executive Director, Dail Ballard, and Chestnut Ridge Associate Director, Beverly Christian. The service was attended by friends of the camp and NC UM Board of Trustees members Earl Saint Julian Jones, Annette Wright and Anna Workman.
During the dedication, a prayer was offered that the Wardlaw Cottage may be a place where the winds of the Holy Spirit blow strong, and where the Lord’s voice is amplified and made clear. Participants at the service also wrote their own prayers and blessings for the cottage and its guests. These prayers will be placed in a book for future guests to read during their stay.