Young Women's Retreat

For young women (age 15-25) of FCRC

December 18-20, 2016

Rivendell Retreat Centre, Bowen Island

General - Rivendell

Being a young woman of God is not always an easy thing, especially in society today. We are busy and overwhelmed with choices. Media and advertising tells us who we should be and what we should care about – which usually does not match up with how God sees us and what we ought to care about.  Social media lets us portray ourselves in whatever way we want, making it easy to put a mask on. Friends let us down and put us down. There is much competing for our attention. It can be difficult to find a place where we can be safe and we can be real.

“The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.” ~ Deuteronomy 33:27          

Do you believe that? Do you understand what it means? I’m inviting you to come and join us for a weekend of reflecting on that Good News together.

This is not a junk food and pillow fight kind of girls retreat. You’ll be asked to leave your cell phones and other electronics at home. We’ll go away to a quiet and beautiful place, a retreat centre on Bowen Island called Rivendell. We’ll cook and eat yummy yet simple food together. We will laugh together. Together we will worship and open God’s word, we will talk about what it means for our lives, and we’ll pray. We will have time for individual quiet and rest. There are walking trails, art spaces, quiet corners, fireplaces, and window seats. At Rivendell there is a gorgeous little sanctuary where they have chapel once a day. Our female youth leaders will come along as well. We hope to build and strengthen community among us as young women at Fleetwood CRC.

This spiritual contemplative retreat is happening on December 18-20th, the beginning Christmas break. What a perfect time to take a deep breath after the busyness of the semester! We’ll leave after church, and depending on the size of our group we’ll either take public transit or drive. The cost for this retreat is $75 but if that holds you back from attending, please talk to me about it so we can work out arrangements for you to come.

Want to join us? Please fill out a form and attach a cheque to FCRC for $75 and return it to Natasha. If you have any questions, just ask or email nvedder@fleetwoodcrc.org. We hope you’ll join us.

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