family walking on bridge

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 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.

Participants in a morning devotion at Lake Junaluska sit in rocking chairs on the Harrell Center porch.
The Rev. Carl H. King of Duke Divinity School speaks at the Easter Sunrise Service

Worship

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
& Musicians

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 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 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.

Upcoming 2022 Theologians in Residence Events

Fresh Expressions led by The Reverend Dr. Audrey Warren
Tuesday, June 28  | 10-11:30 a.m. | Harrell Center Room 102
Join the Reverend Dr. Audrey Warren for a presentation about “Fresh Expressions: A New Kind of Methodist Church for People Not in Church,” a book she co-authored with Warren and Bishop Ken Carter. Dream new ways to reach people through micro-communities inside and outside the church.
Learn more or register now.

People Over Property led by The Reverend Dr. Audrey Warren
Wednesday, June 29  | 10-11:30 a.m. | Harrell Center Room 102
Hear a presentation from the Reverend Dr. Audrey Warren about “Fresh Expressions: A New Kind of Methodist Church for People Not in Church,” a book she co-authored with Bishop Ken Carter. Explore new ways church properties and buildings may be used to change culture, address systemic needs, and transform space and ministry to a place of welcoming community.
Learn more or register now.

Developing A Social Covenant led by The Reverend David McEntire
Monday, July 11  |  9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Learn how to develop a working social covenant in any arena (staff, church leadership, families, etc.) A social covenant is a structure to assist any working unit to have clear standards of how to treat each other, both in our expectations of others and our covenant with others.
Learn more or register now.

Lay Leadership Academy led by The Reverend David McEntire
Tuesday, July 12  | 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Learn about Lay Leadership Academy, a program to develop mid-level leaders in a local church into supporting, involved, and faithful disciples in the local church.
Learn more or register now.

Events July 17-22 are themed “Come to the Lake to Pray” and will focus on how prayer can center our lives:

Devotion, Prayer and Walk or Run around the Lake with the Rev. Paul Christy
Tuesday, July 19 | 8 a.m. | Meet at Memorial Chapel

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.

Prayer and Walk or Run around the Lake with the Rev. Paul Christy
Wednesday, July 20 | 8 a.m. | Meet at Memorial Chapel

Prayer and Walk or Run around the Lake with the Rev. Paul Christy
Thursday, July 21 | 8 a.m. | Meet at Memorial Chapel

Faith and Vision led by the Rev. Jennifer Forrester and the Rev. Paul Christy
Thursday, July 21 | 10 a.m.
Join us for a look at Christianity, faith and the church; a look at today and vision for tomorrow.
Learn more or register now.

Closing Prayer Service in Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Paul Christy
Friday, July 22 | 8:00-8:20 a.m.

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.

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’ 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!

Couple enjoy the lakeside walking trail

Retreats

Yoga Retreats

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

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. 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. 

Yoga Class at Inspiration Point at Lake Junaluska
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. 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.