Once again, St. John The Evangelist North Vancouver is hosting the annual Women's Silent Retreat that will be held from Friday, August 23rd to Sunday, August 25th. On the theme "Encountering God: in times of presence and when God seems absent," retreat director the Reverend Jessica Schaap, newly appointed Rector of St. Paul's Vancouver, will invite us to deepen our relationship with God in the quiet. We hope that some of our Diocesan friends will join us for a weekend of tranquility at beautiful Bethlehem Retreat Centre on Westwood Lake in Nanaimo. Registration includes the contemplative program, accommodation and meals ($275 Early Bird rate until August 8th; $325 after August 8th). It promises to be a wonderful and rich experience for new and returning participants. The retreat centre is a glorious place to walk the lake trails, stroll the grounds or pray in the labyrinth. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Facebook page.