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About 20 weeks out of the year, Nazareth Farm hosts
high school, college, and adult volunteer groups for a week-long
service-retreat experience. Volunteers arrive Sunday evening and
are given a tour and orientation to the Farm. Monday morning we
start bright and early with prayer, a tool-safety session, and breakfast
followed by chores. After chores we have lunch and then discuss
the history of the Farm and Catholic Social Teaching. In the
afternoon we go on a hike to the highest point of our property, followed
by dinner, prayer and free time. Tuesday through Friday volunteers
will engage in morning prayer, chores, and breakfast before heading out
to home repair worksites led by our staff. Those worksites are an
opportunity for hands-on service, community building with fellow
volunteers and community building with our homeowners. In the
evenings we may have a bonfire, open our woodshop, open our store, or
have a discussion about our experiences throughout the week (depending
on the weeknight). Tuesday evenings we have "community night"
where we pick up our community friends on our way home from the worksite
so that we can share a meal and pray with them.
Beyond just our group
weeks for high school and college students we also offer a few
alternatives. In November we invite any adults to join us for our
"adult week" - this begins on a Wednesday evening and concludes on
Monday morning and is geared to be less structured to meet the needs of
the participants. Families can register as a group for our "family
week" in August - open to people of all ages and structured very
similarly to our high school group weeks. Every year during "holy
week" we have special celebrations leading up to Easter, including
homeowner visits, a Seder Meal, foot washing on Holy Thursday, an all
night chapel vigil Thursday night, a 10-mile
hike on Good Friday, and a veneration of the cross prayer service Friday
Anyone who has been to the farm at any point is welcome to join us for
The experience is molded around
our four cornerstones of prayer, service, community, and simplicity.
All volunteers will have an opportunity to lead prayer, to use our
bucket showers and outhouses, to let go of distractions and to grow in
many other ways. Expect a miracle!
If you are interested in joining us for a group week or to bring a
group to the farm, please check the appropriate links to the left, as well as those links
in our "about us" and "resource" sections. It would also be beneficial to give our
Volunteer Coordinator a call at 304-782-2742.
For questions regarding
group weeks and volunteering at Nazareth Farm email our volunteer
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