Faith and Community at SharpTop

From dance parties to messy games to the joy of reaching the top of SharpTop mountain after a hard hike, students cherish memories from these retreats as they grow from wide-eyed 5th graders to confident seniors.

Alex Parker, Class of 2011, remembers looking forward to SharpTop each year as a time to connect more deeply with God as well as teachers and classmates outside the classroom. Alex now serves as an Associate Pastor at North Raleigh United Methodist Church in Raleigh, North Carolina.
“The impact of chapel, recreation time, and just getting away for a few days were invaluable. In particular, I found it to be a good practice of PB&J (prayer, Bible, and journaling) and those are spiritual disciplines that I still maintain today as a pastor.”

Carly Morris, Class of 2009, and an MPCS teacher, remembers that as a student, her trips to SharpTop Cove profoundly affected her faith.
“The greatest aspect of the SharpTop retreat is that it provides students with space. It offers space to act courageously (my first time on the zipline), space to see vulnerability modeled by teachers as they participate in activities alongside students, and space for students to wrestle with questions during cabin time.”
As she prepares for this year’s retreat, she knows the value of what has been entrusted to her. “It’s one of the greatest joys of my life to be able to plan and participate in this retreat as a faculty member, hopefully providing students with the same kind of space that was created for me.”

Join us in praying that this year our students will once again encounter Christ at SharpTop Cove. As we celebrate 25 years of this transformative tradition, we look forward to many more years and praise God for its eternal impact.