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Refreshing time at retreat

5 Jul 2018

Following GBEW’s summer conference on Saturday 30 June, 25 GB leaders joined us at Cliff College for our Mary & Martha taster weekend.

The weekend, hosted by GB Ministries, was an opportunity for busy leaders to pause and be refreshed. Looking together at the familiar Bible story of Mary and Martha, the leaders were encouraged to try new ways of connecting with God so that they could live life less hurried.

100% of the leaders who attended said that the weekend helped them to discover new ways to listen to God, and that the weekend gave them space to meet with God.

Here are what some people said:

  • Mary and Martha has given me an opportunity not only to explore the characters in more detail but to take a look at myself and how I can learn to be still and hear God’s whisper – Amy, Birmingham
  • Great way to be challenged and refreshed – Betty, Isle of Wight
  • A great but very challenging weekend! I feel refreshed and re-energised to approach life with a clear focus and empowered to say no to the things that do not fit this focus – Zoe, Reading
  • A really valuable time spent focusing on our relationship with Jesus and looking at how to carve out time to put Him first, listening to Him and growing more like Him – Barbara, Cheltenham
  • It’s been really good to set aside this weekend to focus on different ways of spending time with God. I’m able to go home with new ways to read my Bible – Hazel, Doncaster.

The weekend included interactive sessions, connecting with others, and short periods of rest and quiet. Every woman was given a small welcome pack on arrival which included a magazine, chocolate bar, bath bomb and more! Every woman who attended said that the weekend made them feel valued.

Charlotte Hendy, GB Ministries’ Discipleship Co-ordinator, who led the weekend, says ‘GB leaders are busy people and we’re so grateful for their faithfulness week in and week out at GB groups across the country.

‘We know that taking time out to stop and rest (and giving yourself permission to do so!) is vital for all of us – not just as GB leaders but as disciples. This weekend was a great opportunity to do just that and it was amazing to see women try new ways of engaging with God and the Bible with a view to using these when they got back home.’

If you’re interested in future retreats and soul care events from GBM, email Charlotte on

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