Church Retreat 2021

Everyone is invited to join Crosstown Covenant Church at Covenant Pines Bible Camp in McGregor, MN.  Church Retreat is a weekend of fellowship, discipleship,  and awe at God's beautiful creation.  It's a weekend where kids wander to the playground together, and families mix for canoe outings and hay rides. We cheer on the ones who are brave enough to drop on the giant swing and zip line. Strangers become friends around campfires, puzzles, board games, and meals. And most of all we grow spiritually together, taking extra time to dig into Scripture, discuss it together, and worship the Lord of all. 

Join us for worship live from McGregor Sunday, Sept 19th

Watch on YouTube

Plans for the Weekend
Sept 17-19

Retreat Bags

We will have bags for you to help you participate in the weekend.  Each bag will contain some gifts, a CPBC map, a retreat notebook, and more.  Bags can be picked up at church starting Sunday, Sept 12 at worship or from the office Sept 14-16 from 9:00-3:00.  Please plan to settle your bill when you pick up your bag. 
Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it. -1 Peter 3:15

Learning Sessions

The theme is "Changed by Jesus?!"  We will dig into the Bible with multi-generational teaching to learn about people who where changed by Jesus. Sessions this year will be led by Polly Inestroza. 


One of the tangible ways to see how we are being changed by Jesus is to celebrate the commitment to live our lives in dedication to Him through baptism. 

Faith Stories

How are you changed by Jesus? We will work on articulating how Jesus is working in our own lives and celebrate that work together.  Angie Kopylov will lead.

Sunday Worship

The whole congregation will worship together and our home building is closed for the weekend. We will join for Sunday worship at CPBC in person and live on YouTube.
Tim Coyer will be our guest worship leader and Pastor John will preach.  

There are four different accommodation options at Covenant Pines.
We have something to fit every need. 

The most central building at Covenant Pines Bible Camp is the Retreat Center.
The Retreat Center has 16 rooms, some with an on suite bathroom.  Rooms have various sleeping arrangements with twin and full size beds. There are also community bathrooms and showers.

The Lakeside Cabins are located on the Silver Beach property south of camp.  
Each cabin has 2 bedrooms, kitchen, bathrooms, and convenient lake access.  

On the quieter Davis Lake there are 6 group cabins with a great lake view.  Each cabin can sleep up to 12 people.  There is easy access to the bathhouse with multiple restrooms and showers.

Bring your camper or tent to the dockside Campsites.  The camping area has 3 options for electric hookup. Restrooms are located in the near by dining hall or gym.  The gym also has showers. 


 Retreat costs are variable based on what accommodations you choose. Your fee includes two nights at camp, 5 meals, and administrative needs. Fees are calculated per person with a reduced fee for children, but we do have a family cap. After you have completed your interest registration form, we will contact you with the exact amount owed. If you are in need of financial assistance please contact Pastor John or Mike Anderson. Payment can be made by check or credit card and we hope to have it collected before Thursday, Sept 16th.


What are the Covid precautions?  Per MDH & CDC guidelines, it is highly recommended that all able persons wear a mask while inside any buildings at Covenant Pines. Questions about the Covid policy may be directed to Pastor John.
Will the meals accommodate dietary restrictions?  Yes, CPBC kitchen is accustomed to fixing gluten-free, nut-free, and dairy-free meals.  Please indicate this need in your registration form.
Can I make a donation beyond my registration fee?  Sure, that would be awesome.  You can round up when you pay your registration fee.  
Is there childcare during the sessions?  Unfortunately not.  We can't offer childcare at this time, so your kiddos would need to sit with you. However, we are making efforts to make sure that the sessions will be engaging for all ages.
Will I have to share a cabin/room with someone else? We don't believe that housing will be tight enough this year to need to share spaces. If there is someone you want to room with please indicate that on your registration form.
What if I can't make it that weekend but want to listen to the lessons?  Sorry, we will not be live streaming or recording the Saturday sessions. However, we plan to have Sunday worship available on YouTube.
Are there specific kid/ adult/ youth events? There will be a youth specific gathering Saturday evening. All generations will be strategically included in the teaching sessions. We will not be offering a kid only or adult only event.
What if I'm only attending Sunday virtually - do I have to pay a fee?  No, you can plan to join us on YouTube free of charge.  See video below.


Retreat is at Covenant Pines Bible Camp in McGregor. The camp is nested between two lakes which allow for many great water views and sunsets. There are trails to walk, water equipment to use, a playground to romp, and two beaches for swimming.   There is a coffee shop to keep you energized. And many places to play games (ping-pong, gym, volleyball court, climbing wall, zip line, giant swing, ga-ga ball, 9 square and more).
 There is road construction on the way to camp, more information here.

Interest Registration

Registration due by Sept 5th!  More information about housing options are in the form.