Northeast Jurisdiction

November 9-10, 2018

NEJ Fall Retreat

NEJ Deaf Ministries Retreat, November 9-10, Linthicum MD

The NEJ Deaf Ministries of the United Methodist Congress of the Deaf has planned a fall retreat to be located in Linthicum, Maryland. The dates are Fri, November 9 - Sat, November 10, 2018. It will be at the Best Western hotel. As a part of the retreat, training is being offered, which supports Deaf ministries in the NEJ. One track is a Certified Lay Servant class (10 hours) and the second track is a Wesleyan training.


Certified Lay Servant or Wesleyan training


The Certified Lay Servant training is a United Methodist approved curriculum by Discipleship Ministries and has been designed for Deaf and hard of hearing people. This Basic Certified Lay Servant training is to prepare individuals for Lay Servant work within their churches, communities, and for leadership. At the conclusion of the training, participants will receive a certificate of completion. Carol Stevens will be teaching the course. This is a 10 hour training course. The training is Friday, November 9 from 12pm-5pm and Saturday, November 10 from 9am-12pm and 1pm-3pm.


- This presentation includes a history and emphases of Methodism (The United Methodist Church). A re-enactment of John Wesley, the father of Methodism, will provide participants of the rich history of the United Methodist denomination. Also, a short tour of Lovely Lane United Methodist Church, in Baltimore, MD, is planned. Lovely Lane United Methodist Church is where the Methodist Church began here in the U.S. on December 24, 1784. This three hour presentation will be taught by Rev. Leo Yates, Jr. The training is on Friday, November 9 from 1pm - 4pm.


- John Wesley is the father of Methodism. The Wesleyan training focuses on Wesley's Works of Piety and Works of Mercy concepts. The Works of Piety presentation focuses on spiritual development that helps participants to stay better connected with God, be spiritually nurtured and provide a stronger foundation of faith. This two hour presentation will be taught by Rev. Peter Myers and his wife. The training is Saturday, November 10 from 10am to 12pm.


- Another important Wesleyan concept is Works of Mercy. A strong emphasis of is serving God by serving others and one of the best ways to do so is to be familiar with your spiritual gifts. Included in the presentation includes: A spiritual gifts inventory, ideas of ways to serve, and where to serve. This is a two hour training. This presentation will be taught by Alma Andrews and Rev. Leo Yates, Jr. The training is Saturday, November 10 from 1pm-3pm.

Event Information


registration fee $25 includes meals, snacks, materials

Hotel Information

A limited number of scholarships are available for part of hotel costs. Contact Rev. Leo Yates.
Best Western, $79 per night, 6055 Belle Grove Road, Baltimore MD

Event Schedule

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