Frequently asked questions

What is Renew?


Renew is a spiritual conference meets retreat meets camping trip. More than that, it is a community experience of people of all walks of life, age, and backgrounds coming together for a weekend to create space to reconnect with each other, ourselves, and God.




When and where is it held?


It is October 11-13th, 2019 on a beautiful property at The Epperson Farm, 2874 Unity Church Rd, Ararat, VA 24053. The location has a small lake, fields, walking trails and incredible mountain views.




What will take place at Renew?


You can expect to enjoy food with fellowship, experience extended open-air worship times, participate in collaborative workshops, wrestle with ideas, experience thought provoking and encouraging teaching from spiritual mentors, make new friends from different places and walks of life, and a whole lot more in between.




What will the weather be like?


It's pretty in Virginia this time of the year! You can likely expect highs in the mid 70s and lows in the mid 50s. Typically, it's perfect for camping but just to be safe, we suggest checking the weather forecast before you depart. Packing lightweight layers and a waterproof shell is a safe bet.




Why is the event not free?


We wish it could be, but these kinds of experiences require financial investment: generators, meeting tents, food, stages, sound systems etc. And we'd like to honor our contributors by compensating them fairly. We think the ticket prices are reasonable and we hope you do too!




What should I bring?


• Sunscreen and hats • A camp chair/foldable chair/portable chair • Sunglasses • Empty container to use at our water refill stations • Bible and Journal • Comfortable footwear • Camping Gear (read below for list of gear)




Will there be a Vegetarian option for food?


Great question! We hope to provide food options for those with dietary restrictions. Check back here for details.




Will there be merch for sale?


Yes! And it helps support our ministry to the city of Fredericksburg. It will also look very cool in our personal opinion...




What if I can only come late?


That's okay! We cannot change the price for the weekend; however, we believe you will still get a lot out of the event and encourage you to come anyway!




What if I can't come anymore... Refund?


Sorry, this is a non-refundable event. But you CAN transfer/sell your ticket to someone else.




Can children come? Is the ticket price different for them?


Yes! There will also be a few playgrounds on site :) 12 and under are F R E E.




What is the campsite like?


The campsite will include a massive field for tents. It has a stunning chapel building that will be used for a breakout session. It has a fellowship hall. It also has plenty of space to explore/hike. It is surrounded by beautiful farmland and views of the mountains.




Banned Items for Renew


• Illegal Drugs • Fireworks • Weapons • Amplified PA systems • Pets of any kind




Camping PACK LIST


Must Haves • Tent (waterproof) • Sleeping Bag • Sleeping Mat • Flashlight • Sunscreen • Water containers (we have a filtered water supply) • Blanket and/or camp chairs for sitting during the main sessions • Cash or credit/debit card for food trucks • Sweatshirt / jacket (can get cold at night/early morning) • Pillow • Towel (if you plan to shower) • Toothbrush and toothpaste • Sunglasses Nice To Haves • Shade tent • Tarp (for under your tent to block moisture or rain) • Lantern, headlamp • Pocket knife • Bug spray • Raincoat, boots (just in case) • Hat • Battery operated fan • Cell phone battery pack • Instrument • Smores :) • Frisbee




Campfires


Campfires and cooking fires will be allowed ONLY in official campfire rings onsite, which will be started and stoked by staff.




Is Alcohol allowed?


Not for this event. For the sake of all the possible attendees, we found it best to simplify the weekend and just not have alcohol for the weekend. We appreciate everyone working with us on this!




Car Parking Options


Prepare to walk your belongings a short distance from your car to your campsite. Our volunteer team will direct you to the appropriate spots!




Noise Curfew


A Midnight noise curfew will be enforced on the farm. Please be considerate of your fellow campers.




RVs and Campers


We're offering limited amount of RV parking passes at $200. As long as they fit the size of your campsite, 20 x 50, bring 'em! Electricity is not provided.




Security/Emergencies


24-hour security and medic staff will be provided on the farm led by EMT Jordan Hewett.




If we share a tent can we share a ticket?


Sorry, but no. Everyone entering the site needs their own ticket. Carpool if you want, pack as many people in your tent as your heart desires... but everyone needs their own ticket.




EVENT QUESTIONS:


Below are any questions you may have had regarding the event.




CAMPING QUESTIONS


Below are any questions you may have regarding camping specicially for The Renew Gathering.




Is this event only for Christians?


While the event where certainly focus on Jesus Christ, we want all to know they are welcomed and feel like they belong. Whether you are a believer, or a non-believer, we invite you to come as you are with nothing to prove and experience this beautiful weekend.




Will showers be a thing?


Unless you have the housing add on with your ticket, showers will not be offered. Embrace the weekend! Know that majority of the people with you there also aren't showering and two days won't kill anyone :)