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Host a retreat day for local leaders this year

9 Jan 2019

GB Ministries is offering a limited number of retreat days for GBEW regions and districts in 2019. The retreat day, called Come to the River, has been developed for GBEW leaders as part of GBM’s discipleship focus and commitment. Could your area host a retreat day for local leaders this year?

Come to the River is a day-long retreat programme based on the story of Lydia and the women who gathered at the river to pray in Acts Chapter 16. Featuring a combination of activities, discussion and guided reflection, Come to the River is led by Charlotte Hendy, GBM’s Discipleship and Evangelism Enabler, and opens up this story for us today. The retreat is split into two halves, enabling GBEW leaders to consider how they can grow as a team, and how they can grow as followers of Jesus. It’s designed to be part of a leaders’ day, and can fit around other GBEW business required to take place.

In 2018, both 1st Yorkshire District and Region 2 hosted these retreat days – here’s what some of the attendees had to say…

‘A great day with the GB district family facilitated by Charlotte who makes you feel relaxed and secure to share ideas in a safe environment. It was good to feel refreshed and reflective as we start a new GB year with a good variety of activities throughout the day.’

The day provided an opportunity to think about the story of Lydia - a familiar story - but from a different point of view - the gathering at the river.’

GBM is offering a limited number of days to lead this retreat in 2019 for GB members, and is inviting regions and districts to host the day for their local leaders. GBM asks for travel and subsistence costs to be covered, as well as a donation towards GBM (suggested minimum donation of £65), and suggests regions/districts charge a small nominal fee to local leaders in order to cover these costs. For more information, please email

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