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Adult & Family Ministry

Lake Junaluska offers spiritual enrichment opportunities that will challenge your heart and mind and renew your soul.

Our worship services, prayer opportunities, workshops, conferences and retreats allow time for personal and spiritual reflection in addition to opportunities to connect with others and learn from their spiritual journeys.

Each year, Lake Junaluska ministry events include an outdoor Easter sunrise service and Christmas service as well as Summer Worship Services, community prayer events, devotions,  as well as the Festival of Wisdom & Grace and Choir Music Weekend.

The Rev. Carl H. King of Duke Divinity School speaks at the Easter Sunrise Service

Worship

Summer Worship Series & Theologians-in-Residence Events

All are welcome for summer worship services at the Lakeside White Tent near Stuart Auditorium at 9 a.m. for Sunday outdoor worship services with our theologians in residence. A limited amount of seating is available, and attendees may bring their own chairs. Theologians in residence also will host devotions, discussions, workshops and more during their visit.

2024 Theologians in Residence

Rev. Riley Short
Sunday, June 30, 9 a.m. worship service, Lakeside White Tent, music by Jonathan D. Williams
Monday-Wednesday, July 1-3, 10-11:30 a.m., workshop, “The Needs of the Post-Covid Church,” Harrell Center 202

Rev. Jasmine Smothers
Sunday, July 7, 9 a.m., worship service, Lakeside White Tent, music by The Singing Soldiers
Monday, July 8, 8:30 a.m., Monday Morning Devotions, Harrell Center back balcony
Monday, July 8, 10-11:30 a.m., workshop, “Blank Slate: Write Your Own Rules for a 22nd Century Church,” Kern Center 100
Tuesday, July 9, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., workshop, “Blank Slate: Write Your Own Rules for a 22nd Century Church,” Kern Center 100 (Updated July 8, 2024)

Rev. Dr. James Harnish
Sunday, July 14, 9 a.m., worship service, Lakeside White Tent, music by Nathan Prisk. Book signing for Harnish’s book, “Surprised by Mary,” 4 p.m., Lakeside White Tent
Monday, July 15, 8:30 a.m., Monday Morning Devotions, Lakeside White Tent
Monday, July 15, 10-11:30 a.m., workshop, “How Can We Become the People Through Whom Christ is Born Again?” Terrace Hotel 316
Tuesday, July 16, 10-11:30 a.m., workshop, “How Does Mary Prepare Us for Our Own Heart-breaking Experiences?” Terrace Hotel 316
Wednesday, July 17, 10-11:30 a.m., workshop, “How Will the Holy Spirit Enable Mary’s Story to Come Alive Through Us?” Terrace Hotel 316

Rev. Dr. Alma Tinoco Ruiz
Sunday, July 21, 9 a.m., worship service, Lakeside White Tent, music by Sarah Boertje
Monday, July 22, 8:30 a.m., Monday Morning Devotions, Harrell Center back balcony
Monday, July 22, 10-11:30 a.m., workshop, “Saint Óscar Romero’s Sentir with God,” Harrell Center 202
Tuesday, July 23, 10-11:30 a.m., workshop, “Saint Óscar Romero’s Sentir with the People,” Harrell Center 202
Wednesday, July 24, 10-11:30 a.m., workshop, “Saint Óscar Romero’s Sentir with the Magisterium of the Church,” Harrell Center 202

Rev. Dr. Michael Adam Beck*
Sunday, July 28, 9 a.m., worship service, Lakeside White Tent, music by King’s Cadence
Monday, July 29, 8:30 a.m., Monday Morning Devotions, Harrell Center back balcony
Monday, July 29, 10-11:30 a.m., workshop, “The Changed Mission Reality” Luke 10:1-9, Terrace Hotel 316
Tuesday, July 30, 10-11:30 a.m., workshop, “Why Fresh Expressions” Luke 10:1-9 (reference Philippians 2:1-11), Terrace Hotel 316
Wednesday, July 31, 10-11:30 a.m., workshop, “How Fresh Expressions” Luke 10:1-9 (Acts 15: 6-21, Luke 15:1-7, Ephesians 4:1-13), Terrace Hotel 316
Monday-Wednesday, July 29-31, 10-11:30 a.m., workshop (TBA), Terrace Hotel 316

Rev. Dr. Sandra Richter
Sunday, Aug. 4, 9 a.m., worship service, Lakeside White Tent, music by Chris Plaas
Monday, Aug. 5, 8:30 a.m., Monday Morning Devotions, Harrell Center back balcony
Monday, Aug. 5, 10-11:30 a.m., workshop, “The Psalms,” “The Hymnbook of Ancient Israel,” Gaines Auditorium
Tuesday, Aug. 6, 10-11:30 a.m., workshop, “The Psalms,” “The Anatomy of a Lament,” Gaines Auditorium
Wednesday, Aug. 7, 10-11:30 a.m., workshop, “The Psalms,” “The Lord is My Shepherd,” Gaines Auditorium

Rev. Jack Shitama
Sunday, Aug. 11, 9 a.m., worship service, Lakeside White Tent, music by David and Linda Lay
Monday, Aug. 12, 8:30 a.m., Monday Morning Devotions, Harrell Center back balcony
Monday, Aug. 12, 10-11:30 a.m., workshop, “If You Met My Family, You’d Understand: A Family Systems Primer,” Harrell Center 202
Tuesday, Aug. 13, 10-11:30 a.m., workshop, “One New Habit, One Big Goal: Change Your Life in 10 Weeks,” Harrell Center 202
Wednesday, Aug. 14, 10-11:30 a.m., workshop, “How to Lead Change in an Age of Anxiety,” Harrell Center 202

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*Thank you to The Foundation for Evangelism for sponsoring the Rev. Dr. Michael Adam Beck as a theologian in residence. Learn more at www.FoundationforEvangelism.org.

 

Easter

Celebrate Easter with a powerful outdoor Easter Sunrise Service at the Amphitheater below the Lake Junaluska Cross. Attendees are encouraged to dress warmly for cool mountain morning temperatures. In the event of rain, the service will be held at Memorial Chapel. The sunrise service is part of Easter Weekend events at Lake Junaluska, which include an Easter egg hunt and special holiday Easter dining event. Learn more about Easter Weekend at Lake Junaluska.

View of prayer labyrinth at Lake Junaluska

Prayer & Meditation

Prayer Gatherings and Services

Prayer events at Lake Junaluska range from a National Day of Prayer Service to our Summer Worship Series morning devotions and special activities with summer Theologians In Residence.

Gardens & Places of Meditation

Lake Junaluska offers gardens and places for prayer and meditation across the grounds that are open daily and open to the public. Download a garden guide and take time to visit the Bibilical Garden, Rose Walk, Susanna Wesley Garden, prayer and meditation labyrinth, Junaluska Cross, Inspiration Point and others. In addition, Memorial Chapel is open daily for private prayer and inside historic Lambuth Inn is the Denman International Prayer Room. Learn More. 

 

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Couple enjoy the lakeside walking trail

Retreats

Journey to Joy Women’s Retreats

Enjoy a weekend of laughter, sharing, worship and fellowship at a Journey to Joy Women’s Retreat at Lake Junaluska. Come on your own and make new friends, or come with members of your small group, women’s group, or friends and family – and friends and family in the faith – to grow closer together. Learn More.

Festival of Wisdom & Grace

Held annually, the Festival of Wisdom and Grace invites participants to explore how we flourish as we age and how we navigate transitions, live into our talents and passions and cultivate our relationship with Christ. Learn More.

Choir Music Weekend

Enjoy incredible autumn colors at Lake Junaluska in the North Carolina mountains when you attend this weekend of music, worship and fellowship. At Choir Music Weekend, choirs and all who love to sing sacred choral music are invited to come together to learn and perform eight anthems, as well as attend workshops. Learn More. 

Journey to Joy 2021 Retreat
Choir singing during Lake Junaluska's Festival of Wisdom and Grace

Annual Events

Summer Activities Program

The Summer Activities Program offered by Lake Junaluska offers a way for residents and visitors to the lake to find community and make memories with events throughout the season.  Activities range from morning devotions to smores by the fire. Made possible through charitable giving, the program includes events for all ages and is a great way to connect with the Lake Junaluska family. Learn More.

Festival of Wisdom and Grace

Held annually in late summer, the Festival of Wisdom and Grace is a conference for finding purpose and renewal in the second half of life. Join us for worship, workshops, recreation, entertainment and education. Learn More.

Choir Music Weekend

Members of small- to medium-sized choirs gather together at Lake Junaluska in autumn for a weekend of music and worship. Participants earn and perform eight anthems and attend workshops that prepare them to lead passionate worship. Learn More.

Native American Conference

Come to Lake Junaluska ready to renew yourself at this social justice ministries event. Learn More.

Join us for worship, workshops, recreation, entertainment and more at this festival for exploring how to flourish as we navigate transitions, live into our talents and passions, and cultivate our relationship with Christ in the second half of life.