Down the Garden Path
* Decorations were various gardening tools, a Gazebo and bench, fresh flowers, gloves, and watering cans.
* Seed packets were decorated with ribbon and labels to make name tags.
Games we played:
Flower Bingo – Print out bingo cards with 16 to 20 squares per page. Have each participant fill each square with the name of a flower. After everyone fills their squares, begin calling the names of flowers out as the girls mark their cards. We worked from a prepared list of flower names. The winner is the first lady to mark all the squares in a row either horizontally, vertically, or diagonally.
Scavenger Hunt – We did our scavenger hunt throughout the botanical garden in the middle of the hotel where we stayed. You could do this wherever you are meeting. Come up with clues as to where to find each object. You could have them bring the object back or have someone to sign that they reached their destination and picked up a clue. This can be done in a mall or outside depending on your meeting space.
Our teaching sessions centered around the seasons of life: seasons of preparation, seasons of planting, seasons of growth, seasons of harvest. Our focus was for women to know that God is with them no matter what season of life they may find themselves in. Our focal passage was Ecclesiastes 3:1 and 11.
This is another spring retreat my church has done focused on preparing us to get into the game. We used a football theme and decorations.
On Friday night after our tailgate party we had the actress who played coach’s wife in the movie Facing the Giants speak. Following her talk we watched Facing the Giants. You would not have to have Shannon speak, you can choose to have an area coach or his wife to talk about how God has prepared them for this season of their life.
The next morning we had sessions on suiting up, building endurance, staying in shape spiritually, and end zone dances (celebrating what God has done). Before each session we held a pep rally where we sang praise choruses and did cheers for Jesus. Our take-home favors were small spirit sticks we made to remind the ladies that we take the Holy Spirit with us wherever we go.