By Alison Zeller
Summer is here! Where will this season take the women in your ministry? Many women may be spending extra time at home caring for children on summer break. Some women may be volunteering to teach vacation Bible school or coach a softball team. Other women may simply continue their usual routine - work, work, work.
No matter what their day-to-day lives may entail, don’t let the summer season pass by without gathering your church’s women for a special fellowship event or retreat! Now is the perfect time to invite women to unplug, relax, and focus on their Savior.
When Diana Ousley was planning a fellowship luncheon for her domestic abuse survivors group, she found exactly what she was looking for in CTA’s Steppin’ Out in Faith: Living the Life God Designed retreat theme. Based on Psalm 37:23, the theme reminds women of God’s love and his gracious care for each and every detail of their lives.
“This theme was so perfect for our group because the title of our group is ‘First Step into Freedom,’” said Diana. “I got 100 percent rave reviews from my committee, which does not happen often in a church meeting. It would make a great theme for any type of retreat!”
CTA customer Jenni Campbell ordered the Steppin’ out in Faith Participant's Retreat Set for her women’s retreat and was most impressed by the content in the participant’s workbook. It includes five lessons, questions to help participants apply God’s Word to their daily lives, multiple ideas for fun and fellowship, and two lessons for participants to complete at home.
“The value pack was perfect!” said Jenni. “The lessons are wonderfully prepared and the retreat games are enjoyable! We were so blessed by this retreat.”
And, don’t forget about Steppin’ Out in Faith participant giveaways and door prizes for your retreat attendees. Customers have given the ceramic mug and gift box and the Scripture cards five-star ratings!
If your women’s ministry budget is tight, CTA offers additional resources to help you fill in the gaps of a Steppin’ Out in Faith retreat or fellowship event. You can visit the Resource & Idea Center to find several FREE downloads that correspond with the theme. Look for full-color invitations and flyers, social-media ideas to publicize your event, an encouraging Ministry Message, customizable name badges, and much more.
Plus, visit www.ctainc.com to find other women’s retreat themes like Timeless Faith and Jesus Is a Girl’s Best Friend. These retreats also offer leader’s guides, participant’s workbooks, and several budget-friendly gifts for attendees.
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