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Sabbath Life

NGUMC Sabbath Life Cohort 

THE FALL 2022 COHORT IS FULL!  Details about a Spring cohort are in the making!

All North Georgia UMC Clergy (Elders, Deacons, Local Pastors, Provisional Clergy, Retired Clergy) serving full-time or part-time

Mondays 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM on August 15, September 19, October 17, November 14

At a farm located just outside of Cumming near the Forsyth/Cherokee County line

$200 per participant

To learn more about this opportunity, 
contact Rev. Leigh Martin
Center for Clergy Excellence, Program Coordinator
leigh.martin@ngumc.net or 678-533-1372 

Embody a way of life grounded in the practice of Sabbath

We believe that God made the world and all of creation for the purpose of delight: God’s and ours. After God created in six days the beautiful and well-ordered world, God created Sabbath, a time for ceasing from work to delight in all that had been created.

To practice Sabbath is to enter into the joy of God, who responded to creation by naming it “very good.” Sabbath teaches us the practices of celebration, attentiveness, and delight. 

Sabbath Life is an invitation to clergy and ministry professionals to practice the rhythms of Sabbath, stepping away from our daily lives to delight in God, creation, and each other. This unique format offers a holistic approach to good health and clergy renewal, which in turn leads to flourishing congregations and communities.

In 2022 the North Georgia Conference is partnering with the Sabbath Life organization to offer a four-month clergy cohort. This clergy group will meet one day a month from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at a farm located just outside of Cumming, Georgia near the Cherokee/Forsyth County line.  The gathering dates for this cohort will be: Mondays August 15, September 19, October 17, and November 14.  It is open to any full-time or part-time clergy.  Full-connection Elders, Deacons, Provisional Elders and Deacons, as well as full-time and part-time Local Pastors are all welcome to join this group.  Retired clergy may also join.   

For a glimpse into what Sabbath Life is all about, watch this video: 

Rhythm of the Day

The day begins at 9am in the garden with welcome, gathering, and an invitation to delight in the work of growing food together. At the end of the morning (11am), we move into a time of worship and gather around the table for Holy Communion and a simple feast of local, seasonal food, prepared on site.

For two hours in the early afternoon (1-3pm), we practice shared silence, during which participants can engage in a time of meditation or prayer, a book, rest, a walk, journaling or a creative practice, or simply waiting on God.

We end the day by gathering around 3pm for a brief time of reflection on the day and how God is moving in our lives. At 4pm, we depart for home refreshed, renewed and reconnected with God, each other, and with creation.


Monthly Farm Produce

Each participant in Sabbath Life receives a bag of farm fresh produce each month from a local farm with recipes to use at home. The farm produce is a way of connecting our community to good, healthy, seasonal food and furthers awareness of the vital connections between sustainable agriculture, healthy bodies, and the flourishing of all creation.

To learn more about Sabbath Life, visit Life Around the Table

Meet the Honorary Members of This Sabbath Life Cohort:                  Oreo, Ginger, and Hershey