Creating a photo booth has become a popular trend at women’s ministry events and with good reason!
Photo booths encourage women to smile and laugh.
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”
While no doubt Charles Dickens wasn’t referring to women’s ministry retreats, many of us would borrow those words to describe our retreat and retreat planning experience.
Two nights ago I had the privilege of passing out small candy canes as folks were approaching our church doors to attend a special Christmas production.
My task was to make our guests feel welcome.
I thought the perfect way to end our 31 Days of Retreat Planning would be to give you a Retreat Planning Timeline.
We’ve worked through a pile of details and it can be helpful to organize the pieces all in one place.
A neat thing happened after our retreat this year.
Quite by accident we were able to keep some of our retreat momentum going.
I did not know one of our team members was going to have a photo booth set up for us to use at our retreat in September.
But I am so glad she put one together for us!
It’s a really nice touch to give your attendees a goodie bag or small gift when they check in at your retreat location.
Goodie bags and gifts don’t have to be expensive or extensive.
Today I’m weighing in on retreat discussion groups.
There are a lot of options when it comes to retreat discussion groups and we’re going to look at a bunch!
Name tags are a must for every women’s ministry event.
Retreats are no exception!
We can’t see, hear, and be everywhere during the retreat.
The best way to gather real and honest feedback is to have your women fill out a survey at the end of the retreat.
Most, but not all, of the retreats I’ve been on have had a time of sharing at the end of the weekend.
It can be encouraging to your retreat planning team and your attendees to hear how God’s been at work during the weekend.
Prayer Stations can provide an opportunity for your women to respond to God, meditate on His word, and connect with the retreat message on a deeper level.
We used Prayer Stations at our retreat this fall and it was a huge hit!
No matter the size of your retreat group, there will be women that do not know each other.
Whether it’s because they attend a different service, a different Sunday school class, or came with a friend, they will need opportunities to make connections.
As was modeled before me, our teams have always sent a letter to the retreat participants.
Back in the day we used to send them through the mail, however due to the fact that almost everyone has email and postage can add up quickly, we now send them electronically.
Please note: This post was originally published on October 30, 2014 and has been edited and updated to include more information.
Between the speaker sessions, discussion groups, prayer, meals, worship, and icebreakers, the schedule is filling up fast!
It’s probably no surprise that I love retreat and conference programs!