Women’s Retreat Uses “The Call”

by Beth Richardson on April 22, 2014 · 0 comments

M/J 2012 CoverIn February 2014, the Serra Retreat Center in Malibu, California was the setting for thirty-nine women from Simi Valley United Methodist Church (Ventura County, California) to pray and study together in Christian fellowship.

During the weekend retreat (Answering God’s Call … Burden or Blessing?), the group used “The Call” (May/June 2012) issue of Alive Now as their resource. It provided plenty of resources for whole group interaction, small group discussion, personal reflection and creative expression. The Sunday morning worship was enhanced by adapting some selections from the magazine for responsive readings and group prayer.

As program leaders report, “Alive Now made selecting a theme and planning a meaningful retreat so much easier for the planning committee.  Participant evaluations document the value of using Alive Now in this context. Participants would like to use another edition of Alive Now for next year’s retreat.  The planning committee agrees!”

For information on how to obtain copies of back issues for group settings, write to alivenow@upperroom.org.


Photos from the retreat

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