Hello Carmel Hello Newsletter June 2023

“Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.”

Hebrews 10: 23-25

Greetings from Carmel

It is an incredible gift to witness GOD’s people gathering together to seek Him and encourage one another. It was part of the Israelite law and the rhythms of their feasts to gather to affirm and grow their faith. Likewise in the New Testament, meeting together is seen as part of the DNA of the early church.

Carmel is a blessed space of gathering, where our Father’s presence is tangible. It is wonderful to see His people unified under His Sovereignty, no matter their age, culture, economic means, or church affiliation. We see Carmel as a place where people are able to ENCOUNTER Him, receive ENCOURAGEMENT from Him and from one another, are EQUIPPED and EMPOWERED to leave transformed by the Gospel of Christ, a testimony of the Good News. 

In the coming months, there are many opportunities to gather at Carmel: 

During these colder months make use of our Winter Special, we would love families to enjoy time together, as well as be part of community activities provided each week. In the last week of July, we welcome all retired people to join Prime Plus, a wonderful course designed to enrich this season of life. In August, we call all the ladies to make your booking to join us for our Women’s Retreat – a weekend to rest and reconnect with your faith. Please join us as we pray for the conferences hosted by Ethnos (our on-site partner). It would be lovely for you to join us for our weekly prayer meetings in the chapel or online. And if you are looking for a venue to host a group, please consider Carmel. 

May GOD bless and keep you. 

Suzanne Mackay 
The Carmel Trustees

Greetings from the Ministry Team

Throughout the year Carmel hosts a variety of interesting, special interest programmes and spiritually enriching seminars. Carmel staff as well as highly regarded teachers and specialists lead these programmes.

Read more about our June and July week-events below. In August, we are hosting a Ladies Retreat, presented by Katharine Marsden and Suria Scholtz. Visit our Ministry webpage to learn more.

Prime Plus at Carmel Coastal Retreat

Prime Plus
Presented by Harry & Margie Munnings & Heather Davies 
24 – 28 July 2023

Designed for retired people, the programme will focus on the many issues encountered as we age. This course was designed by Trevor Hudson, a SA Methodist Minister, especially for home groups. The topics covered will be introduced and then used individually as times of quiet reflection or discussed in small groups. Each morning we will start with a time of worship in the chapel.  We will enjoy a lovely breakfast and dinner in the Carmel dining room, and the usual great times of fellowship around the tables.

There will be plenty of free time to relax and enjoy the gardens, or rest. Also fun, including a picnic, croquet, and short walks, and in the evenings, games and a musical evening. 

Pricing to attend Prime Plus

  • Accommodation (4 nights)
  • Meals included: Breakfast and dinner, including juice, tea & coffee
  • Light lunches available at Kaye’ Cafe at own expense
  • R590 per person per day (total R2360)

To book your place, please email Michele at bookings@carmelmail.co.za or call the office on 044 889 0019.

Women's Retreat at Carmel Coastal Retreat

Women’s Retreat
Presented by Katharine Marsden & Suria Scholtz
18 – 20 August 2023

The Still, Small Voice: Finding GOD in the midst of life
Based on 1 Kings 19

This women’s weekend retreat is an opportunity to create a sacred space in your life, to wait upon the Lord in the beauty of His creation and be refreshed, renewed and strengthened.

Over the course of the weekend we will be exploring God’s narrative in our lives as we ‘re-remember’ our lives in the context of a loving God who knows us in our inmost being. We will be using contemplative practices including prayer walks, meditation and periods of silent reflection to allow God to work his unforced rhythms of grace in us.

There are three options to join:

Day visitor: R990/per person

  • Programme Fees
  • Friday dinner, Saturday lunch and dinner, and Sunday lunch (no breakfasts)

Shared: Stay over (2 nights): R1560/per person sharing

  • 2 person shared Sea View accommodation (2 nights)
  • Programm Fees
  • All meals included: Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast, lunch, dinner, Sunday breakfast and lunch.

Single: Stay over (2 nights): R1870/per person

  • Sea View accommodation (2 nights)
  • Programm Fees
  • All meals included: Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast, lunch, dinner, Sunday breakfast and lunch.

To book your place, please email bookings@carmelmail.co.za or call the office on 044 889 0019.

Experience our Winter Special at Carmel

Until the end of August 2023, we are running a Winter Special! When booking 2+ nights, receive 30% off your B&B accommodation! And for the winter camping enthusiasts, receive 50% off our campsite accommodation when booking 2 nights+.

Break away from the busyness of life to rest and restore, while you enjoy our beautiful gardens, B&B sea view rooms or camping options, Victoria Bay views and dining.

Experience our Winter Special at Carmel

The discount is from regular season pricing and additional dining options are at  standard pricing.

Come together for family time, rest and fun

School Holidays at Carmel Coastal Retreat

2 July – 10 July 2023

The School Holidays are a special time at Carmel, for all to come together for rest and a good amount of holiday fun.

Join us over the holidays for our tractor rides, volley ball, kids arts and crafts, bushcraft, cupcake decorating and prophetic art for both the kids and adults. On Friday, 7th July, we will also have an evening of worship in the Chapel for all to join.

Watch our video below to experience school holidays are Carmel.

Whether you are staying over or a day visitor, we look forward to you joining us for the school holiday activities. Please call the office on 044 889 0019 prior to arrival to confirm the activities for the day and Kayes Cafe opening times.

Experience Group Hospitality at Carmel Coastal Retreat, George, Garden Route

Break away from the bustle of life to experience Carmel for your next group retreat, conference or day-event.

Come together for a time of restoration, networking and refocus for the year ahead. Make your group visit an experience to remember through our range of accommodation, dining and meeting venues, while enjoying our breath-taking Victoria Bay views, beautiful gardens and quiet spaces too.

Carmel Prayer Room

If you would like to be a part of the Wednesday Prayer Room, we pray in the chapel every Wednesday morning from 07h00 – 08h00. If you are not able to join, we have created a dedicated email newsletter which you can sign-up on the link below and we will keep you updated.

We pray that God may continue to fill our guests with renewed hope, enthusiasm and restoration. We pray that Carmel will continue to be fruitful place, bringing the much needed restoration our guests are seeking and that God’s blessings may be poured over them. May God’s presence be at Carmel as it is in heaven.

We would love for you to partner with us in prayer for Carmel. Please continue to hold the staff of Carmel and the Carmel Community in prayer.

Carmel's ongoing legacy

The shared testimonies over the many years of Carmel’s history inspire confidence. God continues to be at work and use Carmel for His ministry. So many leave rested, encouraged, and restored, by the love of Jesus. The ripple effects of Carmel continue into eternity. All praise be to God!

In being able to continue the work of Carmel for future generations to come, we are seeking our valued guests and friends of Carmel for donations or bequests, in leaving a legacy into Carmel’s future. There are many specific projects we have on our hearts to implement the mission of Carmel, and many ways in which to become involved.

If being a part of Carmel’s legacy is on your heart, we would love to share our vision and projects with you in more detail and how you can be a part of Carmel’s bright future.