Young Adult Winter Retreat: Daniel

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Join other young adults for a weekend away at the Claggett Center, just an hour away from DC. Even in traffic. Really!

Every person and group of people is called to live according to God’s standards, and Daniel shows us what it looks like to live for God’s Kingdom when you’re surrounded by people and institutions that are living for themselves and their own glory.

Consider with us, in large and small group discussions, how God’s righteousness and justice give us hope in a world that looks like it’s falling apart around us. How do we think about politics and current affairs in light of redemptive history? How do we navigate a world where Kingdom values are so different from what our culture values?

Kingdom Living is hard work, but it is good work – God working in the lives of Christians regardless of their circumstances. Liz Cozart Boyles and Pastor Nathan Newman will lead discussion and facilitate conversations as we seek to understand and manifest Daniel’s hope in God.

If it is your first time joining us on a Young Adult Retreat, use the code FIRSTTIME for 50% off your registration.

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Liz Cozart Boyles. Liz is a Bible nerd who loves thinking about how the Bible is woven together to tell the story of a God who is actively working in the world today. Right now, she’s particularly obsessed with the book of Daniel and how its message resonates with modern American audiences, both those who follow Christ and those who don’t. Her background is in National Security; she’s worked in the federal government and is currently a consultant for the public sector. She spent five years working in ministry at McLean Presbyterian, and is super close to finishing a Masters in Biblical Studies from Reformed Theological Seminary, DC. She is married to Jay, who is a very good man and puts up with a lot. If you want to start a conversation with Liz, just ask her what podcast she’s been listening to lately.

Nathan Newman. Nathan serves as an Assistant Pastor at McLean Presbyterian Church. You’ll find Nathan doing ministry in just about every area of the church, from young adults to senior saints. He pursues MPC’s vision of seeing gospel grace change everything. Nathan holds a Master of Divinity degree from Reformed Theological Seminary in D.C. and a BA from Covenant College on top of Lookout Mountain, GA. Outside of the office, you may find Nathan on a tour of duty as an Air Force Reserve Chaplain, enjoying a good baseball game, or at home in Southeast D.C. smoking some meats. Nathan and his wife Jess are expecting their first child in January.


The Claggett Center is a relaxing retreat space located approximately an hour north of DC, just south of Frederick, MD. There are three types of rooms offered for the retreat: cottages are dormitory-style buildings that sleep 2 – 3 people per room, double queen hotel rooms (sleeps up to 4), and single queen rooms.


Friday, Dec. 8

6:00 – 8:00pm Check-in at Claggett Center
3035 Buckeystown Pike, Adamstown, MD 21710
8:00 – 8:15pm Welcome
8:15 – 9:00pm Session 1
9:00pm Hangout

Saturday, Dec. 9

8:00 – 8:30am Breakfast
8:45 – 12:00pm Team Building
12:00 – 1:00pm Lunch (& clean up)
1:30 – 2:30pm Session 2
2:30 – 5:00pm Free time
5:00 – 6:00pm Session 3
6:15 – 7:00pm Dinner
7:00 – 8:15pm Small Group Breakouts
8:15 – 9:00pm Debrief/Q&A
9:00pm Bonfire

Sunday, Dec. 10

8:30 – 9:00am Breakfast
9:30 – 11:00am Worship
11:00am Check-out


Should I go if I don’t really know anyone else who is going?

Definitely! The focus of the Young Adult Winter Retreat is getting connected with other young adults and growing spiritually, and there will be many different opportunities to meet new people during the weekend. There will also be plenty of free time!

It looks like there is some time spent in meetings. Will I enjoy myself if I have to spend that time inside?

While the retreat is an awesome time to relax, it is also an opportunity for you to spend quality time with Christ and to learn more about Him. You will be challenged in the general sessions to further your personal relationship with Jesus and workout the implications of your faith.

What if I’m not sure about my faith? Am I still welcome to attend? Will I feel out of place among the others that attend?

The retreat is a great place for people discovering their faith. By spending time in this environment with other followers of Christ, it can help you sort out your thoughts. And the keynote speakers always bring incredible messages that will encourage you as think about your spiritual questions.

What ages are considered “young adult”?

The Young Adult Winter Retreat is for those who are 20s and 30s.

Are married couples welcome?

Yes, absolutely! The retreat is for both married and single young adults. We do have limited housing for married couples, so it is given on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Where can I find more information about carpooling to the retreat?

Please consider serving the community by offering to drive those who are unable to provide their own transportation to the retreat. Able to drive? Need a ride? Email

What time should I arrive at the retreat?

Check-in opens at 6pm on Friday. If you plan to arrive later than 10pm, please text Nathan at (202) 738-6783. The Claggett Center is approximately 1 hour from the DC Area, even in traffic! Check out the schedule for more details.

Are there a lot of costs in addition to the registration fee?

The only additional costs will be transportation costs getting to and from the retreat, money for dinner while you are driving up on Friday, and lunch after the retreat is over on Sunday. All other meals will be provided.

Can I bring friends who are not currently attending McLean Presbyterian Church?

Yes, we are excited for you to bring friends to hear about Christ and how to start a relationship with Him or how to grow in their faith.

How many people will be in a room?

Most of the rooms have two double beds, so that you do not have to share a bed with someone else.

What do I need to bring to the retreat?
  • Note: Linens and towels are provided.
  • Clothes: including a sweatshirt or jacket, gloves and hats, etc. (it gets cold at night and you may be outdoors around a bonfire or a team-building activity Saturday morning)
  • Blanket for sitting around the fire
  • Toiletries
  • Bible and a pen or pencil
  • BYOB!
Are there scholarships available?

If it is your first time joining us on a Young Adult Retreat, use the code FIRSTTIME for 50% off your registration.