Format of the Weekend The Via de Cristo Weekend is an experience in Christian sharing and living. During the 72 hours, fourteen talks will be presented: Five talks are given by Lutheran pastors and nine by lay people. The Weekend also includes chapel each morning, communion, small group discussions, sharing, music, singing, laughter, and prayer. Some of the subjects that will be discussed include:
Lay People in the Church
The Grace-Filled Life
Obstacles to a Life in Grace
The Christian Community in Action
Who Attends Via de Cristo? Via de Cristo is not designed to convert anyone to Christianity. It is meant for those who are already faithful and committed to Christ and His church. The goal of Via de Cristo is to encourage Christians in their lives of faith and increase their awareness of grace and service to the Church and world. During a Via de Cristo Weekend, those who have previously attended are called "the team", and it is their responsibility to serve you in every possible way.
When is a Via de Cristo Weekend Held? The Rainbow Via de Cristo holds Weekends in the Spring and Fall. The Weekends are held at various facilities throughout the Washington Metropolitan area. The sites are chosen to provide the easiest possible access for the participants at a reasonable cost.
How Can I Attend a Via de Cristo Weekend? If you would like to attend a Via de Cristo Weekend, please contact an individual who has previously attended. We suggest you also speak to your pastor, since a pastor must sign the registration when you decide to attend. If you do not know of anyone who has previously attended a Via de Cristo, any member of the Rainbow Via de Cristo Secretariat will be happy to provide you with additional information or answer any questions that you may have.
What Happens after a Via de Cristo Weekend? The Weekend is only a beginning. What you learn and share during the Weekend will hopefully be taken back and put into practice in your local congregation and community. You will be supported by many others who have attended a Via de Cristo before or with you. Small groups meet regularly (usually weekly) to affirm one another and to share the Christian life of Grace. These activities inspire, challenge, and encourage Christian action in homes, churches, and communities.
How Much Does the Weekend Cost? Rainbow Via de Cristo believes that the Via de Cristo experience is a gift from God to His church. Part of our response to God's generous grace is to embrace any costs associated with the Weekends as our gift to any first-time attendees. In other words, if this is your first Weekend, it won't cost you a thing.
In Summary Not everyone who attends a Via de Cristo Weekend will receive the same benefit; but all who attend will be blessed, and most will be strengthened in their desire to be a blessing in their churches and Christian communities.
Weekend Location Patuxent River 4H Center 18405 Queen Anne Road Upper Marlboro, MD 20774