Thursday, November 20, 2008

New Thing #314--In The Beginning

I'm off today for a weekend adventure.

Since the middle of August, I've been part of a team that has been planning a woman's religious retreat. I've attended this same retreat, and served on a planning team before, but both have been at my parish. This time it's been for a different church, at a different retreat facility.

I'm actually in charge of a small part of the weekend experience. At the beginning of the planning process, I received a notebook with summaries from several past leaders. They were quite detailed, describing how each activity should flow and how each room should be set up.

As my group was planning for our activities, we consulted the notes; they were very helpful. However, our plans still have holes because we need to decide how things will be set up. Today I get to set something up for the first time.

This morning we get to take a look at the rooms and figure out how to arrange them. Which way the chairs will face? Should we incorporate decorations? Should we use small or large tables?

At the end of the weekend, we'll write a summary detailing what we did. I wonder if future leaders will follow the way we decide to set things up today?


  1. Have a great time!

    My current Church is HUGE (3 campuses with a possible 4th coming. So it would be really hard to have a retreat.) I went to one at my old church and it was HORRIBLE. Lack of organization, cliquiness and my Jacket got stolen during a prank! :O

  2. My daughter works at a church now, but before, when she was program director for a camp, she set up many retreats. My son-in-law still works at the camp and does this all the time. It's not always easy to please the people who come.