Small Gatherings for Women
There are a lot of wonderful conferences for women with big name speakers. I love them. But I always come home feeling something was missing. You can get lost in the crowd. Those conferences aren’t designed for fellowship, and yet that’s what so many of us need. They’re also often only one day. I need a weekend!
But the mega church trend has made it difficult for women’s ministries to offer weekend retreats. That makes me sad. I’ll never forget how my first women’s retreat impacted my life and my family. The retreat enriched my faith which helped me become a better mom, wife, and friend.
That’s why we launched Beauty for Ashes Retreats.
Women’s Retreats at the Beach
Limited registration (70-100) for Beauty for Ashes retreats provides an intimate setting.
Women can share their struggles, receive prayer, and find healing in those deep places of grief and disappointment. Friendships are made. Bonds strengthened.
Our speakers aren’t famous. We’re ordinary women who share our testimonies of what God has done. Our stories aren’t pretty, but they are powerful.
Could you use a weekend to catch your breath, sit on the beach with friends, and spend some time renewing your faith? Could you use some R.E.S.T.–Restoration, Encouragement, Strength, and Transformation? If so, come join us.
Our Wilmington retreat is March 7-8, 2020, at the beautiful Shell Island Resort in Wrightsville Beach.
Our theme for 2020 retreat is Anointed. You are called by God, given purpose of eternal value and anointed by Him to do what He is calling you to do. Come be encouraged, strengthened, and empowered by His Spirit through prayer and worship to start living your life as an anointed servant of the King.
Andy Lee is the author of A Mary Like Me: Flawed Yet Called and The Book of Ruth Bible Study: A 31-Day Journey to Hope and Promise. Her greatest passion is to help women unlock the life-changing power in the Bible for themselves. That’s what changed her life, her marriage, and her parenting, and gives her renewed purpose and strength everyday. She’s a retreat speaker, blogger, and Facebook Live guru who teaches hundreds of viewers weekly on the Bite of Bread.
Venus Schrader spent years in pursuit of emotional healing from traumatic events of her childhood. On the brink of throwing in the towel on life and God, she received the revelation that she was Daddy’s Girl. This opened the door to a process of healing that has forever changed her life. She has lead women’s bible study, taught Sunday school, and she has also ministered to homeless and runaway teens and single moms. Venus enjoys spending time with her family and friends and writing children’s books. She is the mother of four adult children: a handsome son and three beautiful daughters. She also has four precious grandchildren. Venus lives in Wilmington, NC, with her husband Randy and daughter Kiyanna.
Jen Barker is a wife and mom to 3 active little boys. She has a heart for encouraging women, no matter their stage or walk of life. She loves being around people, being outside, and digging into God’s word. Her calling is simple: to know God and to make Him known. Her prayer is BIG: to ignite a passion in women’s hearts to follow Him. Jen homeschools her oldest son and works in ministry part-time for her local church. She and her husband, Brian, have been married for 11 years and reside in Albemarle, NC with their family.
8:00 AM- Breakfast provided by Shell Island in the Oceanfront Ballroom.
9:00-10:30 AM: 1st Session (Welcome, Worship, Speaker)[Break out sessions after each Key-note will allow time for discussion and fellowship.]
10:45 AM -12:15 PM: 2nd Session
12:30 PM: Lunch provided by Shell Island in Oceanfront Ballroom.
1:15- 2:30 PM: 3rd Session
2:30 -4:30- Free Time/ Prayer Walk/ Stop/Look/Listen
4:30-5:30- Small groups process the day together. Panel with speakers
5:30-7:00 PM- Dinner on your own
7:00 PM- 8:00 Pm- Games, Giveaways
8:00 PM- ??? Night of Worship
The Beauty for Ashes team will provide a continental breakfast.
9:30 AM: Worship service with communion.
10:00 AM: Commissioning and Sending
11:00 AM: Check-out
Deadline to register is February 15.
Cost for retreat sessions: $99.00 (Includes 3 meals, 3 Worship sessions, multiple speakers, and priceless faith encouragement.)
Overnight Stay is optional and separate cost. Shell Island Resort has given us a special price of $119.00 a night which can be divided between roommates. These are suites with 2 double beds, 2 bathrooms, kitchen, and living room, and balcony that faces the beach. One or two night stays available. Make it a weekend and reserve a room for Friday and Saturday night
Room Reservations: Call Shell Island @ 910-344-0888. Please tell them you are reserving a room for the Beauty for Ashes Retreat. We have a block of rooms for our group. This is not the front registration desk. It is the special events registration line. You may have to leave a message, and they will return your call.
Our BFA team partners with KALOS ministries to encourage women’s ministries all over the country. If you have a women’s ministry that could use some refreshing and encouragement, or if you need help launching a new ministry to women in your church, we’d love to help!
We offer resources, mentoring, and the BFA retreats in one day or weekend formats based on your needs and budgets.
KALOS is still in the launching stages, but we’d love to hear from you if you’re interested. Email Debbie at: firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Bring your small group, leadership team, or entire women’s ministry! We can’t wait to meet you. :)
. . . to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and the garment of praise instead of the spirit of despair. . . Isaiah 61:3
Testimonials from 2019
Attending Beauty for Ashes Retreats is like coming home to family. So much warmth and loving thought and prayer put into each event. Love the freedom of the spirit! Blessed to have been both attendee and speaker.
– Susan Ely, Raleigh, NC
Last year was my 1st year and I’m excited for my 2nd year. I met lots of amazing women. – Kelly Lynn Michael, Wilmington, NC
This was my first retreat ever and was an amazing experience! I was so filled by all the testimonies & met so many wonderful Christian women, many of whom have become special friends! I was totally blessed by this retreat.
-Diane Holland, Wilmington, NC
Such a time of refreshing as I met so many women who have so many different walks of life and how God brought them through. Also the breakouts helped so much as I always struggled with opening up and sharing my story. Looking forward to 2020.
-Sara Echel, Wilmington, NC
I loved it and will be there next time and bringing a friend! – Francine Tadeo, Wilmington, NC
My mom Anne Scott and I attended for the first time and I’m hoping to bring my daughters and daughter in laws with me this coming year. -Ellen Hart, Wilmington, NC