A Place for Retreat

(This post was originally written by Pastor Stephen Dufresne and printed in New Horizons May 2009) From its conception in 1998, Machen Retreat and Conference Center (MRCC) has been a place that accommodates the church of Jesus Christ in many ways. There are, however,...

September 2021 Newsletter

Why Should I Come to a Singles Retreat?As the speaker invited to the upcoming Singles Retreat, I will be emphasizing the concept of seasons of life, a phrase figuring prominently in Ecclesiastes 3. For some, the season of singleness is lived out with the (hopefully)...

July 2021 Newsletter

Camps as Machen begin this month! For a start, Science Camp is July 12-17 and Stronghold Camp is August 2-7. We are incredibly blessed by and thankful for the efforts made by the organizers, teachers, and volunteers to ensure that these events can happen this year. A...

June 2021 Newsletter

When planning trips for 2021, don’t forget Machen Retreat! Besides the peacefulness of time in the mountains, Machen is only an hour away from several scenic towns that would make great day trips for you and your family and friends. Downtown Lexington Lexington, VA is...

May 2021 Newsletter

Has your family used Machen to vacation?Has your church hosted a retreat or youth group at Machen?Have you ever attended a conference at Machen? Science Camp 2014 As we anticipate the upcoming conference season, please recall that that Machen is supported by the...

April 2021 Newsletter

He is risen! As I reflect on our beloved Machen Retreat Center, I think of two parallel tracks. One is of Machen itself, full of life and the Lord’s creation but mostly empty this past year. However, by God’s grace and in His time, He has now led us to create vaccines...

March 2021 Newsletter

When planning trips for 2021, don’t forget Machen Retreat! Besides the peacefulness of time in the mountains, Machen is only an hour away from several scenic towns that would make great day trips for you and your family and friends. The Clock Tower in downtown...

February 2021 Newsletter

Science Camp is the most highly anticipated and well-attended of the events hosted at Machen Retreat. In 2019, over forty campers (from at least three presbyteries and numerous churches) enjoyed a week of science, games, and friendship. Last year, rather than...

January 2021 Newsletter

Happy 2021! A sunny winter day at Machen Retreat As the new year begins, please join us prayer and praise to our faithful God:Prayer that the 2021 conference schedule – including Science Camp, Stronghold Camp, and the Family, Ladies, and Singles Conferences...

December 2020 Newsletter

Machen waits upon the Lord . . . . . and He provides!Hello, friends of Machen! This year, Machen Retreat & Conference Center has been ‘waiting upon the Lord,’ a common call in Scripture. The Lord has provided for Machen, despite the cancellation of...