In 1953 The Church of the Saviour, an ecumenical church in Washington, DC, purchased the property that is now Dayspring as a place for retreat. Members of the small but committed congregation spent many weekends building the Lodge of the Carpenter, which was dedicated in 1956. A few years later the Inn was completed and overnight retreats began. So Dayspring has been a place of silent retreat for over 50 years; its walls and grounds are soaked in prayer.
The retreat center is now a mission of Dayspring Church, an ecumenical Church in the tradition of the Church of the Saviour located on the Dayspring property. We remain closely connected with all of the other scattered Church of the Saviour churches and are one of several vibrant ministries of Dayspring Church.
Dayspring Retreat Center is a mission of Dayspring Church, which has a beautiful new web site at http://www.dayspringchurchmd.org/. Sister ministries within Dayspring Church include Dayspring Earth Ministry, at www.dayspringearthministry.org.
The Church of the Saviour supports a web site called Inward/Outward at www.inwardoutward.org. The Inward/Outward web site contains links to most of the many minsitries that have grown out of the Church of the Saviour. The Servant Leadership School at The Festival Center, a mission of The Church of the Saviour, can be found at www.slschool.org.
The sister churches of The Church of the Saviour are: Dayspring Church, Eighth Day Faith Community, Festival Church, Friends of Jesus Church, Jubilee Church, Lazarus Church, New Community Church (www.newcommunitychurchdc.org), Potter's House Church and Seekers Church (www.seekerschurch.org). More information about these churches and other faith communities within the Church of the Saviour diaspora can also be found at the Inward/Outward web site listed above.
On a recent retreat at Dayspring Joe Robbins made a slide show with music which he has made available at the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HseZlEyPeWY .