ARW 2015
May 4-9
ARW 2016 • May 2-6
ARW 2017 • May 8-12

About the Workshop

The Annual Recreation Workshop (ARW) is an experiential 5-day event focused on recreation, worship, community, creativity, and the arts. Leaders from all aspects of ministry are invited to come and take hands on workshops. "Unexpected! Unexplained?" is 2016's theme.  Jesus' ministry was full of unexpected stories and actions. Not every story in scripture gets tied up with a perfect little bow on top, and have you ever tried to explain the Holy Spirit to an adult, much less a child? So make plans to come for a week filled with opportunities to explore the Holy Spirit, through scripture and what that can mean for your faith, your church, and your world. ARW is designed for educators, youth workers, church volunteers, camp and conference professionals, pastors and anyone interested in developing more creative leadership skills. ARW is connected to the Presbyterian Church (USA) and welcomes all denominations to participate in the workshop. Each participant can select from courses in recreation leadership, worship design, ministries with all ages of people, music, creative arts and spirituality. Each course, along with the whole group worship and recreation events, will give those who come a myriad of resources to enhance their work. ARW is also a wonderful opportunity for personal spiritual renewal and Re:Creation. The daily schedule is flexible, but normally begins with worship at 8:45 am, followed by morning workshops from 10:15 til 12:30. The afternoon workshops normally begin at 2:30 and end at 4:45, with dinner from 5:30-6:30 followed by evening activities which normally last until 9 pm. ARW happens the first full week of May each year.

Location - Montreat Conference Center, North Carolina

Montreat Conference Center is a pleasant, scenic, 20 minute drive east from Asheville, North Carolina. A national conference center serving the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A), it offers guests a time-honored tradition of friendly, gracious hospitality in a warm and casual setting. Annualy, approximately 50,000 people of all ages and from all walks of life come to Montreat for rest, renewal, and recreation. For more information about Montreat, visit To learn more about Montreat visit or call 800-572-2257.

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