VCS Staff Retreat
Once a year, our staff comes together for a day of spiritual refreshment, restoration, and community. For 2023, we are excited to head back to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. This year we will build on our theme from Keynote, “My peace I leave with you.”
OCTOBER 27, 2023
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
400 Beach St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Childcare for Elementary-age children is onsite in a room adjacent to our meeting room.
Click Here to Sign-Up for Childcare Provided at the Retreat
Worship by Grayson Kessenich - check out his music here
Hear more of Grace and Ivan Utomo’s Story
Be encouraged by Pastor Jay Kim from Westgate Church
Enjoy the drive to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk while listening to our morning devotional podcast to prepare our hearts and minds for God.
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8:30 - 9:00am – Arrival and Check-In at Entrance A of the Cocoanut Grove
Bagels, Fruit and Coffee reception
9:00 - 11:00am – Morning childcare. Please pick up your child for lunch.
Staff Retreat Service
8:55 - 9:00am – Welcome and Roadmap
9:10 - 9:20am – Worship with Grayson Kessenich
Grayson Kessenich is a worship pastor, singer/songwriter based in Northern California. He has written and recorded music for worship leaders like Shane and Shane. His music has been featured on shows such as One Tree Hill and the Lying Game. Grayson is currently recording his fourth studio release. He is a worship pastor at Crossroads Church in Northern California where he lives with his wife Alex and his 4 kids. You can check out his music on Spotify.
9:20 - 9:50am – Session 1: Pastor Jay Kim
Jay Kim serves as the Lead Pastor of Westgate Church. He is the author of Analog Church, Analog Christian, 40 Days through the Book: Colossians and contributing writer to Christianity Today, The Gospel Coalition, Missio Alliance, Outreach, Relevant Magazine and other publications. Jay lives in the Bay Area with his wife Jenny and 2 kids.
9:50 - 10:10am – Session 2: Conversation with Grace and Ivan Utomo
10:10 - 10:25am – Morning Wrap Up
10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Boardwalk, Beach Party & Lunch
10:30 - 12:00am – Exclusive Rides: Giant Dipper, Bumper Cars and one more surprise ride
10:30-1:30pm – Arcade Free-Play including Mini Golf, Laser Tag and Volleyball
10:30-11:30am – Bonus Sessions:
Inspire Your Future Self through Journaling with Dr. Steve McGriff
Needing to Connect with Others on a Deeper Level with Amy Hernandez
11:30am - 1:00pm – BBQ Lunch Buffet
1:30 - 2:00 PM
Let’s close our time together in fellowship and prayer as we connect and lift one another up in prayer.
List of Prayer Groups Coming Soon