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Closer Women’s Retreat 2019

Jesus invites us to an intimate relationship with our heavenly Father through the Holy Spirit.

Our response is requested.

Draw near to God.
Delight in his creation and the beauty of fall.
Discover community with several generations of women.
Find space for worship: through gathering together, through music, through prayer and through quiet solitude.
Rest and be replenished.

All women ages 18 and over are welcome. Come on your own, with a friend, or with women from your life group, adult community or Bible study.

Venue:
Fox Valley Christian Action’s Riverwoods Family Campus, an 85-acre camp and conference center along the Fox River near St. Charles.

Dates:
7:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25 to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27
(Friday check-in 5 to 7 p.m.)

Pricing:
$175 per woman includes lodging and all meals.
Register by Oct. 13. There is a $50 non-refundable fee for cancellations up to one week prior to the retreat. After October 19, retreat fees become non-refundable.

 

REGISTRATION CLOSED

 

SCHEDULE / WHAT TO BRING

 

Questions? Contact Women’s Ministries by calling 815-877-7046 or emailing womensministries [at] firstfreerockford [dot] org

Just a closer walk with Thee,
Grant it, Jesus, is my plea,
Daily walking close to Thee,
Let it be, dear Lord, let it be.

Prayer for the new school year

A community prayer of dedication and blessing

During worship at First Free Rockford’s Chapel venue recently, several schoolteachers led the congregation in this liturgical prayer. Feel free to share it, use it and adapt it.

 

Chapel Service at First Free Rockford

A time of Prayer and Musical Worship in the Chapel Venue.

Reader 1:

Eternal God, as this new academic year begins, bless our schools, home schools, colleges, universities and trade schools. Let them be centers for sound learning, new discovery and the pursuit of your wisdom.

Reader 2:

For all who are beginning or renewing the wonder of learning and teaching — let our schools be places of love and wisdom, sound learning and new discovery, anchored in your truth.

Reader 3:

Jesus, you are our great teacher and example. Please give our teachers your dedication, insight, creativity, patience, peace and joy. Let their lives, and their students’ lives, be enriched and enhanced by learning.

Congregation:

Guide us, Lord, by your truth.

Reader 4:

We pray, Lord, for our students, teachers and administrators in an unsteady and confusing world.

Reader 1:

In our divided nation and culture, let them be peacemakers.

Reader 2:

In a world filled with and motivated by fear, give them your courage.

Reader 3:

In a world filled with lies and confusion, guard their hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Grant them discernment to recognize truth and to recognize that you are the source of all truth.

Reader 4:

Father, we plead with you for an end to violence in our schools and our communities, and for relief from the fear of being harmed. Keep evil far from our students, teachers and administrators. Help them to trust you as their refuge and strength. Give them your peace that goes beyond all understanding.

Congregation:

Guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

Reader 1:

For those young ones who are on a destructive path, Father, please turn them toward you. Let education steer them to hope and faith in you. Give our teachers special wisdom in helping them.

Reader 2:

For students whose home life is broken or dangerous, let school be a place of refuge. Give us compassion and generous hearts. Prompt us in specific ways we can help.

Reader 3:

For those students who are on your right path, Father, let them be lights for you. Give them perseverance and joy, curiosity and a contagious hunger for learning.

Congregation:

Lead us, Lord, by your love.

Reader 4:

Father, for our school administrators: Give them godly wisdom and leadership. Help them to work for the common good of all students and teachers in school policies, contract negotiations and public policy.

Reader 1:

Strengthen us, Father, as we begin this new school year. Comfort us when we are unsure of our new surroundings. Strengthen us when we stumble. Help us to remember that your light shines in all places.

Congregation:

Father God, help us to support those who teach, lead and coach our students. Give us thankful hearts and prayerful spirits.

Reader 2:

We ask all of this in the name of Jesus.

All:

Amen