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 candlelight Christmas service as well as Summer Worship Services, community prayer events, devotions, and a conference for finding purpose and renewal in the second half of life.
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 the Friends of the Lake 5K Road Race & Walk, an Easter egg hunt by Long’s Chapel, Easter buffet breakfast and lunch, and lodging special. Learn more about Easter Weekend at Lake Junaluska.
Summer Worship Series
The Lake Junaluska Summer Worship Series features community worship services at the lakeside white tent near Stuart Auditorium on Sundays at 9 a.m. from June 26-August 14. All are welcome.
2022 Visiting Preachers
Sunday, June 26 – The Reverend Dr. Samuel H. Moore, Jr. Music led by Justin Terry (Country Gospel Vocalist)
Sunday, July 3 – The Reverend Dr. Audrey Warren Music led by GloryWay Quartet (Southern Gospel Quartet)
Sunday, July 10 – Dr. Edgardo Colon-Emeric Music led by Jonathan D. Williams (Traditional Organist/Pianist)
Sunday, July 17 – The Reverend Paul Christy Music led by Christopher Plaas (Vocalist) and Hilda Ryan (Traditional Pianist)
Sunday, July 24 – The Reverend Dr. Mark Teasdale Music led by Linda & David Lay (Bluegrass Gospel Group)
Sunday, July 31 – The Reverend Dr. Sally Campbell-Evans Music led by The Mays Family (Contemporary Gospel Vocalists)
Sunday, Aug. 7 – The Reverend Dr. Elaine Heath Music led by Phil Cross (Southern Gospel Songwriter & Vocalist)
Sunday, Aug. 14 – The Reverend Dr. James A. Harnish Music led by Nathan Prisk (Gospel Bass Vocalist) and Susan Huckaby (Traditional Pianist)
Theologians In Residence
Also throughout the summer, visiting Theologians In Residence at Lake Junaluska will lead personal and interactive experiences such as devotions, discussions and prayer walks. Additional events will be announced as details are finalized. If you would like to be notified by email when new events are announced, please click here to subscribe to program updates.
2022 Theologians in Residence Events
Events July 17-22 are themed “Come to the Lake to Pray” and will focus on how prayer can center our lives:
How to Develop a Prayer Life in the Midst of the Business of Our Lives led by the Rev. Jennifer Forrester
Tuesday, July 19 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Meet at the Lake Junaluska Cross
Learn more or register now.
Not Far from the Kingdom: Sharing the Best of Ourselves and Our Neighbors at E. Stanley Jones’ Roundtable with the Reverend Dr. Mark Teasdale
Monday, July 25 | 10-11:30 a.m. | The Terrace Hotel – Meeting Room 316
Thoughts, Prayers, and Verifiable Metrics: New Ways to Measure the Good Our Congregations are Doing with the Reverend Dr. Mark Teasdale
Thursday, July 28 | 10-11:30 a.m. | The Terrace Hotel – Meeting Room 316
The New Evangelism: Healing the Wounds of Christendom with the Rev. Dr. Elaine Heath
Tuesday, Aug. 9 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Harrell Center – Room 102
Finding your Bearings: Finding Your True North, Wrestling in the Wilderness, Preaching in Nazareth with the Reverend Dr. James A. Harnish
Monday, Aug. 15 | 10-11:30 a.m. | Harrell Center – Room 202
Finding your Bearings: Teaching on the Mountain, Dying at Golgatha, Walking the Emmaus Way with the Reverend Dr. James A. Harnish
Tuesday, Aug. 16 | 10-11:30 a.m. | Harrell Center – Room 202
Prayer Gatherings and Services
Prayer events at Lake Junaluska range from a National Day of Prayer Service to our Summer Worship Series’ prayer walks 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.
Celebrate Lake Junaluska’s 109th birthday over a two-day period, June 24 and June 25!
Offered in partnership with Waynesville Yoga Center, Yoga Retreats at Lake Junaluska are themed retreats featuring daily workshops that focus on self-care and self-love, which are critical to keeping a much-needed sense of balance in today’s world. Themes range from yoga for men to partner adventure yoga to aging gracefully. Participants enjoy comfortable accommodations and convenient amenities at the Lake, a soothing backdrop as you treat yourself to learning about the perfect prescription of movement and medicine. Learn More
Enjoy a weekend of laughter, sharing, worship and fellowship at a Journey to Joy Women’s Retreat at Lake Junaluska. After two challenging years, when we have been unable to meet and have felt isolated, these retreats led by Leigh Young offer an opportunity to come together for spiritual renewal. 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.
Marriage Enrichment Retreats offered by Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreated Center for 2022 have been canceled.
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. NEW for 2022 is a workshop offering specific to the church accompanist. Learn More.
Native American Conference
Explore “Healing the Sacred Hoop,” at the 2022 Native American Conference at Lake Junaluska. The event also includes a youth track Bible study, storytelling and more. 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.