Fellowship Christian Retreat at Crow's Neck Celebrates with Open House


 By Renelda Owen, Meridian District   

The Koinonia Emmaus Community of northeast Mississippi prayed vigorously for seven years for God to lead them to a suitable place to host Walks to Emmaus. For several years they have been renting a 

Retreat House
Large room at Fellowship Christian Retreat
section of Tombigbee State Park near Tupelo for these weekends, but they had to keep all of their things in a storage trailer, and everything had to be set up at the last minute and taken down quickly on Sunday evenings at the end of the three-day events. They were always at the mercy of availability and had to accommodate the rules of the larger state park. God answered their prayers in a mighty way with the opportunity to obtain use of the former Crow's Neck Environmental Education Center on Bay Springs Lake in the picturesque, rolling hills of Tishomingo County, Mississippi. A board of directors has taken a leap of faith by signing a lease for five years and opening the Fellowship Christian Retreat at Crow's Neck. A large crowd attended an open house on Saturday afternoon, August 10, culminating in a service of worship at 3:00.


Retreat House 2
New Fellowship Christian Retreat
The Fellowship Christian Retreat at Crow's Neck is available to groups for rent and is a perfect location for retreats, youth events, meetings, corporate events, weddings and/or receptions, educational outings or family reunions. It is nestled in the quiet of the forest that surrounds Bay Springs Lake and the beautiful lake can be seen from the cabin areas. It will be necessary for the facility to be rented and utilized by others in order for the non-profit group to afford the upkeep and insurance for the over $4 million facility. 


The main building features the Great Hall, large enough to seat 250 people, a fully equipped commercial kitchen, meeting rooms, classrooms and a modern, spacious theater that seats 150. Through the doors of the Great Hall, there is a spacious 1,500 square feet deck that overlooks the trails, amphitheater and wooded acres of the camp. All of the indoor facilities have central heat and air. There are four large, contemporary cabins that each sleeps 30. The cabins have hardwood floors throughout, men's and women's restrooms and shower facilities, study rooms, a large living room with stone fireplace and two spiral staircases to a second floor overlook. Walking paths meander through the grounds and provide access to all the facilities, including two pavilions, an amphitheater and a boathouse.


Keep this amazing new facility in mind as you plan retreats and events for your church, youth group, women's or men's group. It is very much like being in the Smoky Mountains, but much closer. Keeping the camp rented will enable the Emmaus Community to maintain the facility so that many others can experience the renewal that results from a Walk to Emmaus. For more information or to make reservations for your next event, call 662-438-7727. Donations toward the upkeep of this camp can be mailed to Fellowship Christian Retreat, 709 N. Madison St., Tupelo, MS 38804.