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IT’S ABOUT TIME: CHRISTIAN WOMEN’S RETREAT THEME
We never seem to have enough time to do everything we want. There just aren’t enough hours in the day, right?
It IS about time to learn how to focus on making wise choices with the time we do have. Making priorities regarding how we spend the precious gift of each minute in our day gives us the power to say who we want to be.
All kinds of distractions keep us from staying committed to those priorities. This retreat allows us to take the time to contemplate how each of us can make the most out of our own unique life.
IT’S ABOUT TIME SCRIPTURES:
1 John 2:17 The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.
Ecclesiastes 3:11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Psalm 90:12Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. (click here to download a free coloring page with this scripture)
Colossians 4:5 Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.
IT’S ABOUT TIME ICEBREAKERS:
It’s Time to Chat:
Prior to the retreat, create a template of the face of a clock (you’ll find one in the bundle below or create your own). Make enough copies for each attendee and hand out at time of icebreaker. For each hour on the clock, ask each person to go around the group and select a person to talk to for one minute learning something about that person in that minute (such as name, where they were born, etc.). Continue talking to people until you have filled the clock with names and information learned.
What’s in Your Purse?:
Hand out a What’s in Your Purse sheet to each person (you’ll find one in the bundle below or create your own). Play the game and determine a ‘winner’ for a door prize.
Then, go around the group asking each person to talk about one thing from the list that was in their purse and have them explain how it designates how they like to spend their time.
IT’S ABOUT TIME RETREAT CRAFTS/ACTIVITIES:
Top Ten Lists
This Top Ten Lists game comes from Women’s Ministry Toolbox and is sure to be a hit!
Look through magazines and clip out pictures of how you spend your time. Use adhesive to paste pictures on a blank page to create a typical day in your life. After pages are completed, have a discussion regarding with the finished creations and whether or not you feel there should be any changes made.
It’s Time to Bring Joy to Others
Provide plain gift bags and a variety of items (such as markers, stickers, etc.) to decorate the bags. Suggest that the ladies take the gift bags home and fill them with items from the dollar store to give to someone who needs a pick-me-up (such as someone who has been ill or has had a loss in their family).
It’s Time to Pamper Yourself
Make this body scrub to pamper yourself and make an extra to share with a friend.
IT’S ABOUT TIME SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:
1. How do I spend the majority of my time in a typical day?
2. Do I need to refocus my priorities? If so, what changes should I make?
3. How do you handle distractions in your day?
IT’S ABOUT TIME: INDIVIDUAL REFLECTION QUESTIONS
Individual reflection questions can be found in the It’s About Time bundle along with speaker’s outline notes, scripture prayer cards, activity printables, and more.
DOOR PRIZE IDEAS:
Dear Lord, thank you for the gift of time. Help us to learn how to use that gift wisely. Show us how to focus on the priorities you want for each of us. Teach us how to say no to things that don’t go along with your desires for our hearts so that we can have the time to say yes to those that do. As we head home, please help us to be intentional on keeping what we learned here fresh on our minds so we can put it into action. Amen.
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