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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.  
need childcare?
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

Schedule of Events

8:30 am 


Enjoy the drive to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk while listening to our morning devotional podcast to prepare our hearts and minds for God. 
Click Here to Listen

  • 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.



8:55 am 

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

Prayer Groups

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 

2:00 PM

Event Concludes