Wind and rain accompanied 70 women from our church as they made their way to Wilderness Edge Retreat & Conference Centre in Pinawa, MB for the third annual Women’s Retreat – Oct. 3-5. Fortunately, the warmth of fellowship and worship on Friday night set the tone for the rest of the weekend.
Our speaker was Kimberley Morrison from Thunder Bay. Transformation was the key word of her sessions. She challenged us to examine our view of ourselves and our relationship to God, realizing we needed to allow Him to transform us. Her sessions contained strong, challenging teaching that required a personal response. The weekend concluded with a communion service which allowed for that.
We were grateful for those women who directed us to worship led by Karen Schroeder.
Other sessions focused on opportunities to get to know the wide range of women attending through activities and meals. From high school students through to grandmothers—one who has 15!—we learned a little more about each other by eating and playing together.
Along with the activity sessions there were sessions in which we learned about the importance of caring for our health especially through adequate sleep. Putting that into practice didn’t necessarily happen on the weekend as there was lots of visiting that took place in the evenings after snack time.
Saturday afternoon the weather cooperated so we could enjoy the setting on the river by walking along it’s banks or canoeing on the river for the hardier among us. Some found the suspension bridge on the TransCanada Trail a beautiful spot to explore.
Inside there were lots of cups of tea and hot chocolate shared as many smaller groups of women renewed friendships or made new ones.
We are grateful to the retreat committee for planning such a wonderful weekend for us and including so many small details that made the weekend memorable.