A Recap of Rockfish!
We are all in different places on our spiritual journeys. How do you know that you’re on the right “path”? The best way to know this is through prayer: different types of prayer, listening for God’s messages, being in God’s creation and communicating with other Christian Women. Forty-five women from SAPC spent a Spring weekend together, contemplating where they are in their communion and communication with God and opened their minds and hearts to learn how to get “One Step Closer” to God on their walk of faith.
When coming up with our theme One Step Closer – Communing with God for the retreat weekend, it was clear that communicating with God is an important part of our journey, and prayer is the tool to do that. Our spiritual leader Sarah Peters designed a program that included a variety of ways to communicate with God – some that were very familiar and some new approaches to prayer that offer a door to new ways you can get closer to God.
Our weekend consisted of sharing meals, large group sessions, small group sessions, and social activities. Rockfish Retreat Center was a new venue for our group and it truly met our expectations and needs in every way. The gathering space was beautiful and spacious, yet very cozy. Our rooms were all adjacent to the center and offered lighted, flat walkways, which was very convenient and comfortable.
The small group sessions are where the “work” is really done. The groups are made up of about 8 women and a facilitator guides us through the program and leads sharing time in a safe space that is often touching and emotional. The time in small groups is precious and for many women it is life-changing.
Our activities at Rockfish included a hay ride around the camp, tile painting in the craft center on the property, outdoor yoga led by our very own Reverend Diane and Sarah Peters, and a group challenge course that demonstrated our team-building skills with the other women in our group as we navigated physical obstacles and challenges. There was something for everyone!
One reoccurring theme of every SAPW retreat is a mission project for the weekend. It often is focused on a specific need in the community where we are visiting, and this year was no exception. We were introduced to the Robeson County Disaster Recovery Committee through the Coastal Carolina Presbytery and learned of the continuing struggles of many families due to the two hurricanes that devastated their region. Our group not only brought badly needed items, but also generously donated over $3,000 to the organization so that they can help those who need it the most.
After our Saturday night session and evening craft activities concluded, we all gathered around the campfire and sang songs and ate s’mores. As the fire died and the group grew smaller as women retired to bed, each new iteration of the group became a new group of friends, meeting each other or getting to know each other better. There’s just not time to do that on a Sunday morning! It is this special, sharing time at our retreats that gives us the time and space to form new friendships within our congregation and grow closer to one another as sisters in Christ.
The worship service on Sunday morning led by Sarah and Diane was both solemn and joyful. We shared in communion, shared our prayer concerns, and shared our voices in song. Some women chose to stay on after lunch and go for one final hike around the wooded acres. We all took away something special from our weekend together at Rockfish. Can’t wait until next year’s retreat with this amazing group of women. We hope you will join us 😊