Work Groups

From that day on, half of my servants worked on construction,

and half held the spears, shields, bows, and coats of mail.

And the leaders stood behind the whole house of Judah, who were building on the wall.

Those who carried burdens were loaded in such a way

that each labored on the work with one hand and held his weapon with the other.

Nehemiah 4:16-17

Work Groups

Every year, Machen asks for a group of volunteers to give a weekend in the spring to prepare the camp and grounds for the upcoming conference season. Most years, we have the crew to do the general grounds maintenance on Friday evening and Saturday. But if there is a large enough group, then we can tackle one of the large projects that are on the Maintenance and Improvements list.

April 14-15, 2023

Coordinator: Jake Hughes

Seasonal tasks involve:

  • Blow leaves and clear brush from roadways
  • Clean and sweep the cabins
  • Clean and sweep the main lodge

If we have enough volunteers we will tackle these additional improvements

  • Powerwash and strip the deck
  • Clear out rocks and leaves from tent sites
  • Minor repairs

Any questions? Contact our coordinator by email: [email protected]

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Machen Retreat and Conference Center


20 Bentley Dr
Sterling, VA 20165-6004


6 Job’s Hill Rd
McDowell, VA 24458


Retreat: (540)396-3650
Information: (703)477-5670

I will lift up my eyes to the mountains;
From where shall my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.
Psalm 121:1-2