Friday, October 12 – Sunday, October 14, 2018
Price varies $99-$170 / person
Being Still. It can be SO VERY HARD to slow down in the midst of our busy lives! But at the end of the quiet is the answer to the deepest thirst of our souls and the source of the greatest delight for our spirit! In the quiet is where we meet, commune and fellowship with our creator. In the quiet is where we hear His voice and tap into his rest, joy, direction and power. Retreat 2018, Be Still, will be filled with teaching, activities and community building to help you find the quiet and know God.
From October 12-14, 2018, we’ll be enjoying our beautiful new setting at Camp Geneva, along the shores of Lake Michigan. You can expect even better opportunities to build connections with your Gracespring sisters as we have our own private spaces, our own speakers, worship leaders, breakouts sessions and activities. And with our theme of BE STILL we have worked hard to allow breathing room in our schedule, so you can be still, relax, and bask in God’s presence in the midst of some of his most beautiful handiwork!
Retreat 2018 begins with dinner Friday night and runs through Breakfast & Worship Sunday morning. All meals, activities, accomodations, crafts etc. are included in the registration price. We’ve even got some new housing opportunities that have allowed us to REDUCE our charges and still provide a comfortable place to sleep!
Registration is now open and runs until the spots are full (Most years we have sold out quickly for this retreat!). Because of the variety and limitations in housing, all requests honored in the order received.
Hotel Style Housing: In the Retreat Center are Hotel-Style Rooms, each with a private bathroom and two queen beds. On your registration form, you may choose “Shared Queen Bed” or “Have my Own Queen Bed”. As the Hotel-Style rooms are very limited, please use your best discretion when choosing to have your own bed.
Cabin Style Housing: Each Bunk House opens to a small sitting room and has 6 bunk beds (sleeps 12 at most) and a multi-stall/shower bathroom. On the registration form, you may choose “I really need a lower bunk” or “I have no preference on a lower or upper bunk”.
Meeting Space: NORMALLY, this is not all that worth mentioning….but this year we get to use the newly remodeled Chapel with sliding glass doors that open up to a waterside deck overlooking Lake Michigan. It’s a space reserved for JUST OUR GROUP! It’s truly beautiful and just invites you to be still and just breathe! Ahhhhhhhh……Can you just feel the peace washing over you already?
MEALS: All meals except Friday night’s arrival dinner will be served Buffet Style in the main dining room. On Friday Night we will have a light supper available as you arrive, served in the back of the chapel, from approximately 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Coffee is available 24/7 just outside the main dining room.
Activities: If you have been to past retreats, you know they have been busy with “doing”. This year’s theme is BE STILL, so we’re going to get busy, “being”. There will still be plenty to do, but come expecting a slower pace and more opportunities to connect through activities with other gracespring women and with the Lord. Here’s some of what we have planned: Sunrise Yoga on the Beach, Spa Room, Prayer Walks, Beach Volleyball, Gym Activities, Game Room Activities, Game Night, Campfires, Smores, 24-hour Snack Station, Prayer “War” Room, Movie Night, Crafts, Volleyball, Frisbee Golf & More!
About out Theme: We’ve heard a lot over the last weeks about the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives and how to connect to HIS power and presence. But in the midst of our busy lives, it’s just plain HARD to slow our thoughts, connect our heart and be still so we can truly HEAR and KNOW God. It’s our prayer as a women’s ministry team that this weekend away will give you some Biblical teaching to drive your hunger for being still, some practical tools to equip you to Be Still, some intentional time to practice being still and some accountability to encourage ongoing connection. Can you imagine the IMPACT a group of 100 women who are truly HEARING FROM and KNOWING GOD could be? We can! And we’re excited to see How God will change and grow you as you quiet yourself and tune in to Him!
What to bring:
A Snack: to share for our 24-hour snack station. We will NOT have access to refrigeration so if you need to keep something cold, please bring a cooler with ice. Because of allergies, it would be SUPER helpful if you label ingredients on homemade items.
Clothing: Casual, comfortable clothing in layers. Be prepared for more unpredictable lakeshore breezes and weather. Good walking shoes, modest sleepwear, rain gear (as needed). *All housing is heated.
Personal Items: Bath items, sunscreen, bug spray.
In the Cabins: Linens are NOT provided. Please bring pillows, twin bedding or sleeping bags, towels, washcloths etc.
In the Retreat Center Hotel-Style Rooms: bedding and towels are provided.
6:00 pm Registration
6-9 pm “Dinner” and 24 hour snack buffet
8 pm – Opening Session:
9-11 pm Activity Block
7:30 a.m. Optional Sunrise Activities
8:30 a.m. Breakfast
9:30 Session 1
10:45 Tool Time
11:45 – Be Still
1:30 Session 2
2:30 – 4:30? Free Time Activities
4:30 Optional Crafts
5:30 – Dinner
6:30 – Sunset Worship on the Beach
7:30 – Session 3
9:00 -11:00 – Activity Block
7:30 Optional Sunrise Activities
9:30 Session 4