COVID-19 Update 3/16/20:
In light of the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control we are POSTPONING our women’s retreat until a later date when it is safe for all in our community to gather together. We are currently working on what those plans will be; expect an update on this page in the next few weeks. If you have already paid, someone will be contacting you about sending you a refund.
We are in prayer for you during this time of anxiety and uncertainty. May God use this season to grow our trust in Him, and use us to show the love of Jesus to the hurting, sick, and scared around us.
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble at its swelling.
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy habitation of the Most High.
God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved;
God will help her when morning dawns.
The nations rage, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts.
The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.
Come, behold the works of the LORD, how he has brought desolations on the earth.
He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
he breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the chariots with fire.
“Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
The LORD of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.”
In the love of Christ,
CRC Women’s Retreat Team
Our annual Women’s Retreat is a weekend to get away, grow friendships and make new ones, and be encouraged in your relationship with God through time with Him and in His Word. We hope you will take advantage of this great opportunity for spiritual, relational, and physical rest and rejuvenation!
We’ll be returning to Pilgrim Pines Conference Center in Swanzey, NH for our retreat in 2020. Pilgrim Pines is beautiful, with hiking trails, a small lake, and a variety of housing options. Assuming the postponed retreat is a similar timeframe, the retreat will begin on a Friday evening and end after dinner on Saturday. There is an option to stay an extra night on Saturday.
Gospel Resiliency: Conforming to Christ In a World That Wants You to Fit In
What does it look like to be a living sacrifice? In Romans 12, Paul urges believers not to be conformed, but to be transformed by the renewal of their minds. Join us for a weekend of considering the call on our lives to withstand the temptations, expectations, pressures, and voices that daily bombard us to conform to the world. Whether it’s our schedules, our families, our society at large, or our own demanding minds, the Christian must learn to remain firm, walk faithfully in what she believes, and not lose hope.
Illustrated by the transformed life of Helen Rosevere, a twentieth-century missionary to the Congo, we will explore what it means to be a Godly woman who feeds on the Word of life, who fights for humility, and who sacrifices like Christ – a woman of resiliency who is transformed by the great mercies of God. As we shift our view, we too can become women who so love the world that we refuse to conform to it.
Emma Witmer lives in Pepperell, MA but was born and bred in Northern Ireland. For many years she worked in student ministry at a large church in Cambridge, England. She then married Stephen, an American pastor, and moved to the US. Life is now full of church ministry alongside Stephen and looking after their three children ( and new puppy) Emma also teaches English and Social Studies part time at a local high school.
Retreat Accommodations & Cost
One night: (Friday night stay; breakfast, lunch & dinner on Saturday)
Two nights: (Friday & Saturday night stay; breakfast, lunch & dinner on Saturday & breakfast on Sunday)
Saturday only: (no lodging, includes breakfast, lunch, & dinner)
Rooming options include singles, doubles, and group options for 3-8 women in cabins or apartments (no bunkbeds).
What to bring
Bible, Notebook, Pen
Walking shoes, if you plan to walk or hike
Pilgrim Pines is about 1 hour and 20 minutes from Hanover, near Keene, NH.
220 West Shore Road
Swanzey, NH 03446
See photos and read about our past retreats here .