WOMEN'S RETREAT
 

FRIDAY, MARCH 15 & SATURDAY MARCH 16, 2019

This year we will be looking closely at our relationship with scripture and one another.
For example, do men and women benefit equally from God’s word? Are they equally responsible in sharpening one another in the faith and passing it down to the next generation? While radical liberal feminists claim that the Bible is a patriarchal construction by powerful men that oppresses women, evangelical churches often unwittingly reinforce this teaching when we customize women’s resources and studies and adapt them for a "pink" audience. Do we need men’s Bibles and women’s Bibles, or can the one, holy Bible guide us all? Is the Bible, God’s word, so male-centered and authored that women need to create their own resources to relate to it? No! And in it, we also learn from women. Women play an active role as tradents---new/old word!!!---to the faith. Our relationship with God’s Word affects our relationship with God’s people, and vice versa.

OUR STUDY TOGETHER: SESSIONS
 

Recovering the Way We Read Scripture
  • Exploring the usage of the feminine voice in Scripture as synergistic to the dominant male voice; through the women, we often get the story behind the story, e.g., the story of Ruth, or the birth of Christ through the perspective of Mary and Elizabeth in Luke

  • Correcting Biblicist trends in the church today, affirming that we do not merely read God’s word alone, we read it within our interpretive covenant communities

Recovering the Way We View the Church
  • Looking at our mission

  • Seeing the church as the school of Christ, commissioned to discipleship

  • Examining where the parachurch fits in

 

Recovering the Responsibility of Every Believer

 

  • Being active traditioners of the faith

  • Fortifying a biblical understanding of brotherhood and sisterhood in God’s household

  • The resulting reciprocity of learning from one another in studying God’s word

     

We will also hear some testimonies and also have discussion groups and a Q&A session with
the speaker.

OUR SPEAKER: AIMEE BYRD

Aimee recently moved back to her hometown in Frederick, MD. She and her husband, Matt, are members of New Hope OPC, and have a sophomore in college, a junior in high school, and a child in middle school. At the beginning of her married life, Aimee co-owned a coffee shop in downtown Frederick, MD called The Mudd Puddle. Aimee has since repented of her coffee snobbery and is willing to drink bad coffee for a friend. She still tries to use her mad barista skills in hospitality at home. When Aimee is not running her kids around, cheering them on at their sporting events, hitting things in her strike fit class, or hiding away with a book, she enjoys the opportunities she has been given as a speaker.

OUR TIME TOGETHER:
FRIDAY, MARCH 15

6:00-9:15 pm
Redemption Books

3008 Stony Point Road

5:30 pm //  Registration
6:00 pm //  Welcome
6:30 pm //  Appetizers/dessert
7:30 pm //  Talk 1: Recovering the Way We
Read Scripture
8:30 pm //  Table discussions: reflections on talk, using discussion questions

9:15 pm //  Closing prayer/song

Exact timing subject to change

OUR TIME TOGETHER:
SATURDAY, MARCH 16

8:15 am - 3:00 pm
Robins Room at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens

1800 Lakeside Avenue

8:15 am //  Breakfast
9:00 am //  Talk 2: Recovering the Way We View
the Church
9:50 am //  Table Discussions
10:30 am //  Break

10:45 am //  Testimony
11:00 am //  Talk 3: Recovering the Responsibility of Every Believer

11:50 am //  Garden Walk & Personal Reflection

12:45 pm //  Lunch

1:30 pm //  Testimony

1:45 pm //  Q&A with Aimee Byrd

2:45 pm // Closing Comments

3:00 pm //  Retreat Ends

Participants can stay at the gardens until they close

at 5 pm.

Optional

5:30 pm //  Dinner at Baker’s Crust in Carytown (not included in registration fee)

REGISTRATION

The $48 registration fee includes light food/dessert on Friday, breakfast and lunch on Saturday, and admission to the gardens. Scholarships are available. We are very excited to host this retreat and would love to have you fellowship and learn with us; invite mothers, sisters, and daughters (18 and older) too. Please sign up by February 15 to reserve your place. If you have any questions, please contact Rebecca Fender at fender.rebecca@gmail.com or
434-422-2488

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