Family Life presents Thrive!

Deep dive into discussions with breakout sessions and fellowship with other single adults, all while focusing on your purpose in Christ.


January 19-21, 2024

The Y at Watson Homestead

9620 Dry Run Road, Painted Post, NY 14870

My Hope Rests

All hope has a focus. Too many times our hope’s focus is centered around our circumstances and how God will change or use them. In our time together we will look at God’s Word and be encouraged and challenged to find rest when our hope’s focus is in who God is, not in what He can/will do. Each session will center around a different character quality of God.

Keynote Speaker


Sherrie Holloway

Sherrie is a gifted communicator of God’s Word and is committed to teaching the truth of the Word and allowing God’s Spirit to use it in the lives of its hearers. She enjoys helping those to whom she is speaking see His Word in a fresh way. It is the Word that changes people, nothing else. Jesus compared His words to a wellspring in John 4. He said that His Word in us would be like a spring of living water that wells up within us. Sherrie shares from that very overflow in her as she speaks. Her desire is that her listeners would find the overflow of Jesus in their own hearts. Further info can be found at her website:

Sample Schedule

(From Thrive 2023)


  • 5:30 - 6:45 PM – Check-in & Bingo
  • 7:00 - 8:00 PM – Introduction, Announcements, Icebreaker game
  • 8:00 - 9:00 PM – Session 1 (Sherry Anne) – concert format
  • 9:15 - 9:45 PM – Game
  • 9:45 – 11:00 PM – Free Time & Refreshments
  • 11:00 PM – Quiet Time


  • 7:15 - 7:45 AM – Optional Morning Prayer Time (Chapel)
  • 8:00 - 8:55 AM – Breakfast
  • 9:00 – 9:15 AM – Praise & Worship
  • 9:15 – 10:15 AM – Session 2 (Sherry Anne)
  • 10:15 – 10:40 AM – Announcements/Intro Workshops
  • 10:55 – 11:55 AM – Workshop 1 (choices in various places)
  • 12:00 – 12:55 PM – Lunch
  • 1:00 – 2:00 PM – Workshop 2 (choices in various places)
  • 2:00 – 6:00 – Free Time 2:30 – 3:30 PM – Dance/Kickboxing Workshop (Meeting Room C) 4:00 – 5:00 PM – Craft Workshop (Martin Dining Hall)
  • 6:00 – 7:00 PM – Dinner
  • 7:05 PM – Announcements
  • 7:15 – 8:00 PM – Praise & Worship
  • 8:00 – 9:00 – Session 3 (Sherry Anne)
  • 9:00 – 11:00 PM – Free Time
  • 11:00PM Quiet Time


  • 8:00 – 8:30 AM – Morning Prayer Time (Chapel)
  • 8:30 – 9:30 AM – Check out of rooms, pack vehicles, return keys, socialize *Please have everything out of your rooms by 9:30AM; Did you leave anything in a fridge?
  • 9:30 – 10:25 AM – Brunch
  • 10:30 – 11:30 AM – Sing & Share
  • 12:30 PM –Session 4 (Sherry Anne)
  • 12:45 PM – Departure



  • All meals
  • The Conference
  • Use of the facilities during the day

Dorm Style

(North & South Wing)
  • All meals
  • The conference
  • Twin bunk beds and sleep four people.
  • Shared bathrooms in the wing hallways.

Hotel Style

(West Wing)
  • All meals
  • The conference
  • Two double beds
  • Private Bathroom

* Note: These rooms are the furthest away from main hall and some are located downstairs.


What should I bring?

  • Bible
  • Notebook if you like to take notes
  • Travel water bottle
  • Snacks if desired (there are refrigerators available)
  • Games or activities for free time
  • $1 donation towards supplies if doing craft workshop
  • Toiletries (bed linens and towels are provided)
  • Open hearts and minds to God’s teachings and promptings

What are the rooms like?

Hotel Style
  • The hotel style rooms are double occupancy with a bathroom. These are comparable to your typical hotel room with two double beds.

Dorm Style

  • The dorm style rooms are triple occupancy. There is an option for a fourth member, but they would need to stay in a top bunk. These rooms have shared bathrooms in the hallway typical of your typical dorm set-up.

*Please note that there is very little cell-phone reception at this location, especially for Version users. However, there is Wi-Fi and landlines are available.

Why do I have to have a roommate?

There are a limited number of rooms available at Watson Woods. If we allowed for single occupancy, it would significantly lower the amount of people we would be able to have stay on-site. Sharing rooms also helps us keep the costs down for you! If you are truly uncomfortable sharing a room, we suggest utilizing one of the nearby hotels.

What hotels are in the area?

  • Hampton Inn Corning/Painted Post
    • 248 Town Center Rd, Painted Post, NY 14870
    • (607) 936-5020
  • Holiday Inn Express Corning
    • 9775 Victory Hwy, Painted Post, NY 14870
    • (607) 936-3344
  • Americas Best Value Inn Painted Post
    • 196 S Hamilton St, Painted Post, NY 14870
    • (607) 962-2456

*Search hotels in Painted Post online for other options

Is there a cancellation policy?

Unfortunately, all registrations are non-refundable. If you are unable to attend the conference after registering, you can feel free to have someone else attend in your place. Simply have them reach out to us with their information.

How do I get a scholarship?

There are scholarships available for half the price of registration. A completed application along with a reference letter from a pastor or spiritual mentor is required to qualify. To request an application, e-mail Tately Casler at

Where do I park?

When you arrive, there will be a point person at the entrance who will give drop-off and parking instructions. Please make sure you stop and receive the proper information from them.

When I arrive, where do I register?

  • Upon entering Watson Woods, there will volunteers ready to help you with your luggage. They will also be able to point you to where you need to go next.
  • There will be a registration table for commuters and another one for overnight guests. These will be marked with signs.
  • Please check-in at the appropriate table to receive your room key, name badge, and more information.
  • People will be available to point you to your rooms.

What does free time look like?

  • The Y at Watson Woods has many activities available for free time. These include various games and puzzles, ping-pong, carpet ball, shuffle board, an outdoor basketball court, an outdoor volleyball court, hiking paths, and 9 hole disc golf course with discs.
  • We will also be providing workshops during this time. Feel free to begin your own activity, explore the grounds, or go visit Corning during free time!