2013 SLA Girls Retreat Is An Enormous Success!

From Thursday, February 21 to Sunday, February 24, the SLA and College Church sponsored Girls Retreat took place! Twenty-two girls from South Lancaster Academy attended the event, and we departed around lunch time Cozy Mountain Lodge in Rangeley, Maine. We broke into groups and boarded different vans and cars, and hit the roads for our five-hour drive.

Pastor Heather, associate pastor and youth pastor of the College Church, began directing our activities for the whole weekend after we arrived and settled in along with chaperones Mrs. Archilla, Mrs. Stevenson, and Jennifer Drasich. Pastor Heather started out by giving us our schedules to make sure everyone was well aware of what would be going on and at which times. Subsequently, we were given our cooking and cleaning groups for the weekend and divided into our getaway groups. We each had a “goodie” bag in that held the  we would be studying together for the weekend, crafts, and other miscellaneous items. One of those being a candle, which defined the getaway-group we would be in. We were instructed to pick four other people with different color candles than our own, no one could have the same candle. It was a good way to break out of your shell and talk to girls you may or may not have ever spoken to on a regular basis. One of the crafts we would take part in was building a model of wood cabin. We established that God was our foundation for our structure, our walls were our relationships with other people. Specifically good relationships, friendships that build you up to Jesus, which was also our roof. It was a good placement of symbolism of how and what we should build our lives on.

We spent the weekend reading the book of Ruth, a story of humility and strength, and a good example of substantial relationships. We would read a chapter for every worship session we had, followed by getting into our getaway groups to discuss certain topics connecting to what we had just studied. It’s weird how you spent your whole life thinking you’re going through something completely alone, and then you speak to someone you’ve never spoken to in your life, and you realize they’re going through something almost the same as you are. We would end the sessions by praying for each other, one of the strongest connections you could ever have with a human being.

During the day, we kept along to our schedule. We learned to make pasta from scratch, went snowmobiling – which was totally epic and enjoyable, went hiking across the mountain along side the cabin, and snow-shoed and skied through the snowy fields behind the cabin, and had an entire crafts session. It was all really relaxing and fun, and we were given a period of free time every day to play board games and call family.

Friday night, we lit our candles and went from room to room, finding the signs placed and following what they told us to do. In each room we went to, we wrote in our journals, answering all the questions required for the specific room, and prayed. It was an amazing bonding time with God and just learning to talk to him.

Saturday morning, we had an interesting way of starting out worship. We were each given a pile of sticky notes. We were told to write something to good to everyone we wanted to, and stick the note on them. On a metaphorical wood cabin, we were building our walls that morning.

Our awesome retreat had a super epic ending to it. After wondering what we would be occupying our Sunday mornings, our van got stuck in the drive way. It took about 45 minutes, a snow mobile, a bunch of rope, and about 15 girls to get it out, but it was surprisingly so much fun. After moving all our belongings into the van and stopping at a town restaurant to eat breakfast, we were on our way home.

Overall, it was a fantastic event. It brought us close to God and each other, and we look forward to future holdings like this one.

All images were courtesy of Tia Allain:

Our sticky notes of encouragement worship

Our sticky notes of encouragement worship

Two of our chaperons, Pastor Heather and Mrs. Stevenson

Two of our chaperons, Pastor Heather and Mrs. Stevenson

After making our own homemade pasta

After making our own homemade pasta

Snowmobiling!

Snowmobiling!

Eating breakfast before leaving to go home

Eating breakfast before leaving to go home

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Snowmobiling!

Snowmobiling!

The girls during crafts sessions

The girls during crafts sessions

Bottom half: The girls pushing the van out of the driveway.Top half: The girls after pushing the van out of the driveway

Bottom half: The girls pushing the van out of the driveway.
Top half: The girls after pushing the van out of the driveway

The girls after hiking one mile up the mountain behind the cabin homestead

The girls after hiking one mile up the mountain behind the cabin homestead

If therefore there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. Philippians 2:1-2 

For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. Galatians 5:13

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