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Beauty For Ashes Retreats

 

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.

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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.

Join Us

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.   

Anointed 

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 daughter of the King. 

Speakers

Andy Lee

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.

 

Schedule

Saturday Morning:

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.

5:30-7:00 PM- Dinner on your own

7:00 PM- 8:00 Pm- Games, Giveaways, and  Panel

8:00 PM- ??? Night of Worship

Sunday Morning:

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 

Registration is OPEN! Click Here!

Deadline to register is December 31, 2019.

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. 

 

Kalos Ministries

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: info@kalosministry.com for more info.

We Hope You Can Come! 

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

 

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BFA 2019, Testify!

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

Don’t Miss What God Has For You! Register Today!

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8 Comments

  • Janice Thomaier

    Hi Andy,
    I am attending your retreat this weekend at Shell Island Wrightsville beach.

    I am disabled and use a wheelchair. I am so nervous to attend due to my fear of not fitting in. I have to have an assistant to ambulate as I am unable to move my wheelchair on my own. Which make me feel vulnerable and completely depend on others.

    Sometimes my chair scares people away from interacting or including me. I wish I could just go and not have to think about the legistic of attending a public event.

    I want so badly to just go and enjoy being with other stong women , make friends, praise God and find my way back to that person who had confidence, empowerment and be a whole person again.
    My loving husband signed me up for this retreat out of love and the hope that I will come home, hopeful, stronger, less anxious, and with tools to be brave again .

    Any suggestions or advice on how to stay present and not let my anxiety get the best of me during the retreat.

    I am so excited to see what the weekend will bring. I am unable to stay overnight and my husband, my best friend will stay on the hotel property, a phone call away if I need anything .

    Thank you for your love and dedication to offering events that are God centered. Empower and help women heal and creat lasting friendships.

    Best to you, Janice Thomaier
    See you this weekend!

    • Andy

      Hi Janice! We are thrilled that you are coming to the retreat! Though I don’t know all the women coming, I know some of them and have no doubt that you will find them loving, inclusive, and helpful. I will try to orchestrate who you sit by. Do you need one of our team to be your helper during the event? You will be in our prayers for peace and joy, and the strength you need to be brave. Please don’t be afraid. We are all just simple, ordinary women who love Jesus. See you soon! – Andy

  • Janice Thomaier

    Hi Andy, I am attending your retreat this weekend at Shell Island Wrightsville beach.

    I am disabled and use a wheelchair. I am so nervous to attend due to my fear of not fitting in. I have to have an assistant to ambulate as I am unable to move my wheelchair on my own. Which make me feel vulnerable and completely depend on others.

    Sometimes my chair scares people away from interacting or including me. I wish I could just go and not have to think about the legistic of attending a public event.

    I want so badly to just go and enjoy being with other stong women , make friends, praise God and find my way back to that person who had confidence, empowerment and be a whole person again.
    My loving husband signed me up for this retreat out of love and the hope that I will come home, hopeful, stronger, less anxious, and with tools to be brave again .

    Any suggestions or advice on how to stay present and not let my anxiety get the best of me during the retreat.

    I am so excited to see what the weekend will bring. I am unable to stay overnight and my husband, my best friend will stay on the hotel property, a phone call away if I need anything .

    Thank you for your love and dedication to offering events that are God centered. Empower and help women heal and creat lasting friendships.

    Best to you, Janice Thomaier
    See you this weekend!

  • Christine Knapp

    Andy, what is the deadline for registering for the retreat? I am trying to get some of my friends at my church to come!

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