Has it been awhile since you visited www.retreatinabag.net? I thought so! There are changes! My wonderful and tech-savvy son made the time to help me out and make the site more user-friendly. Pages have been updated and resources should be easier to find. In addition, I’ve been busy adding new content.
In “Free Resources” I have added a new graphic (“A Fruitful Garden”) and new skits, including “A Fruitful Garden” series, “Spring Cleaning” (one-act) and “Finding Your Way” (one-act). Free resources are available for you to download and use at any time.
In “Premium Resources” there have been some exciting updates and changes. We have updated the cover of one of the Retreat-in-a-Bag books (“Disciplesheep”), added a graphic to the “Hidden Riches” Retreat Guide, and added a brand new Retreat Guide entitled “Wonders in the Deep.” What is the difference between the books and the guides? The three Retreat-in-a-Bag books were originally intended to include as much information as possible about carrying out a retreat theme in one place (thus the name); they include all sorts of general information in addition to all of the theme-specific resources and creative suggestions. As the website has been up an running now for more than a couple years, much of the general information found in the books can be found on the website. So the Retreat Guides have been shortened to include only theme-specific resources and creative suggestions. I have to add that each of the books and guides represents some of our favorite retreat themes and skits!
New and exciting things have been happening at Retreat-in-a-Bag!
I am most excited to announce our new downloadable Retreat Guide. This is the first of (hopefully) many to come. This Retreat Guide gives you resources specific to the theme “Hidden Riches,” including theme verse, ideas and links to decorations we used, color photos, teaching sessions outline, quiet time study and skit (reproducible theme graphics are not provided). I have to say that our recent retreat with this theme was one of our sweetest retreats ever, as we compared our Christian life to a mining expedition where we search for hidden treasures. And the greatest treasure of all is to know the Lord!
In addition, our Retreat-in-a-Bag book series, consisting of three books, is now downloadable. Up until now, they have only been available for purchase as a hard copy. Now you can get what you need instantly from the Retreat-in-a-Bag website. Compared to the Retreat Guide just mentioned, each of these books covers general information for those planning a retreat from start to finish, but they include theme-related resources as well (graphic, quiet time, skit).
We have been adding content to our free downloadables – with new skits, quiet time studies and even a new downloadable form or two. So if you haven’t been to the website for a while, it may be worth your time to take a gander, especially if you are planning a retreat for 2015!
If you haven’t been to the website recently, it might be worth your while. I added three new skits this week. All three were added as part of the “Confronting Your Giants” skit series. However, I also listed one of those as a one-act skit. It is entitled “Good Intentions.” While it does deal with the “giant” of neglecting prayer and the Word, it is a powerful skit that could pretty much be used any time because it deals with our good intentions to have a daily quiet time, and the excuses we make. It is a short, powerful skit that can stand alone in just about any setting. Take a look at this skit–you’ll find it here.
Greetings to all subscribers to the retreatinabag.net website, old and new! It has been about six weeks since my last blog. Normally, my goal is to post something every Wednesday, but….
What’s my excuse? Life happens. In the last month, I moved an elderly relative from independent living to assisted living, with all the accompanying issues that are involved with a difficult transition like that. Our women hosted our spring event, a women’s dessert (which I’m eager to tell you about). Also, we finished our spring women’s study and began preparing for our summer event. Weddings, baby showers and graduations…I could go on…but you get the picture. Writing a blog post once a week got put on the back burner.
But I’m prepared (and excited) to get back in the swing of things, so look for a post in your inbox next Wednesday. See you then.
For the weeks surrounding the holidays, we are taking a break from the weekly blog in order to concentrate on adding content to the Retreat-in-a-Bag website. We have new downloadable skits which will be available as soon as I can get them onto the website. Have a wonderful and Christ-centered Christmas! See you again in January, 2014!