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Youth Retreats


We love retreats, and we believe they are vital to our ministry!

Retreats offer opportunities to rest and renew, to spend time with friends, and to slow down enough to reflect on what God is doing in our lives. Our ministry attends a fall retreat and spring retreat annually, going to a variety of locations such as Bethany Beach and Camp Highroad. We have even had a retreat camping out in Shenandoah!


We also take our middle school students on retreat specifically for them! JOURNEY Weekend is designed to encourage and challenge middle school students (6-8 graders) in their walk with Christ, Journey is sponsored by the Jeremiah project and takes place at Rockbridge Alum Springs in Goshen VA. During the weekend students get to dive into all the awesome activities Rockbridge has to offer, as well as worship and deepen their faith!

Upcoming Retreats

Fall Retreat is on November 5th -7th. FUMC has a long-standing tradition of weekend youth retreats. During COVID, the church postponed these events. Now, the church is excited and hopeful to announce a return to that tradition. Our fall retreat is a weekend trip to Camp Highroad to spend intentional time looking at how to find our identity in Christ. Annandale UMC is going to be a part of this retreat, which only adds to the fun! Included in this retreat is the chance to do the high ropes course, zip line, and the team challenge course as we spend some joyful time building together in community. To register for the fall retreat, please use the form at right. After you register, you can submit your payment ($135) at this link.


*We never want financial barriers to be a reason a student cannot participate in youth events here at Fairfax UMC! If your family has a financial obstacle that is stopping a student from participating, please contact our director of Youth, Kyle Johnson. All concerns and inquires are kept confidential.

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Our Retreats

Fall Retreat

The Fall Retreat is open to both middle and high school students. Our location for this retreat varies year-to-year.


Spring Retreat

The Spring Retreat is designed specifically to help our high school students grow in their faith and walk with God. Its location changes from year to year.



The Journey Weekend retreat is intended to encourage and challenge our middle school students. It is sponsored by the Jeremiah Project and takes place at Rockbridge Alum Springs in Goshen, VA.

Memories from Past Retreats