Harvest of Hope – the ecumenical study, worship, and mission retreat program of the Society of St. Andrew.

The Harvest of Hope Experience

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Gleaning: Participants at Harvest of Hope glean crops each morning, donating the produce to local food banks and soup kitchens.

Study: Participants learn about domestic and global hunger. Through a variety of educational tools, coupled with the physical labor of gleaning, they begin to see that one person really can make a difference.

Worship: The nondenominational worship helps bring into focus the relationship between faith and service to the poor. Participants from many different faith traditions join together in worship, showing our love by our unity.

Meals: Good nutritious meals provide an introduction to a simple, healthy lifestyle. As part of a healthy lifestyle participants also covenant to abstain from junk food and soda for the entire event.

Commitment: Harvest of Hope is just the beginning! Participants are encouraged to take what they experience back home with them so they might impact their families, communities, and churches. Harvest of Hope challenges people of faith to respond to the call of the gospel to feed the poor, and to make service a lifestyle, rather than a once-a-year event.

For more information, contact:

Rachael Lee
Harvest of Hope Director
Email: Rachael

The goal of Harvest of Hope is to educate participants concerning the domestic and global hunger problem; encouraging them to make lifelong commitments to being part of the solution.


Per-participant Costs for 2019 Events:

  • 2 Night: Starts at $100
  • 3 Night: $125
  • 4 Night: $175
  • 6 Night: $225

Per-participant Deposit:

  • 2-5 Nights: $50
  • 6 Nights: $100

Most recent groups to register:
Cherrydale United Methodist Church in Arlington, VA
Sisters in Faith in Williamsburg, VA
New Creation UMC Youth Ministry in Chesapeake, VA