Retreats to Go: Twelve Creative Programs that Renew and Refresh offers everything you need to plan your next retreat. Each Scripture-based theme includes resources for ice breakers, music, quotes, small and large group activities, reflection questions, worship materials, and craft ideas. Designed for those who wish to lead retreats but may not have time for research and planning, this helpful guide offers engaging, easy-to-use programs for adults and older teens. The flexible format can be used for a weekend retreat, a day away, or weekly study group gatherings. ""What a treasure trove for churches and leaders who want to 'get away from it all' but feel held back by busy schedules or uncertainty as to where to begin. Foster's wonderful book is not only soulful and creative but well-organized--a useful, adaptable, inspiring resource for retreat groups of all sizes and personalities. These retreats will invite groups to delve into Scripture deeply, consider life's questions and challenges carefully, grow friendships prayerfully, and have fun joyfully!"" --Heidi Haverkamp, author of Holy Solitude ""Retreats to Go is a much-needed resource for pastors and church leaders looking to provide opportunities for adults and older teens to dive deeper into the Spirit. From scripturally informed themes, to practical suggestions for leaders, to ideas for activities and devotions, to the nuts and bolts of setting up a room, Susan Foster has thought of everything and made it accessible, clear, and engaging. What a gift!"" --Mary Luti, former Professor of Christian History and Worship, Andover Newton Seminary, and former Senior Minister of First Church in Cambridge, UCC ""As a former pastor, Christian educator, and youth minister I highly recommend this book. Based on her years of experience leading retreats, it has everything you need to plan, publicize, and conduct a successful retreat. The steps are easy to follow and easily adaptable for your particular situation. By the time you finish this book, you'll be designing your own retreats with ease."" --Oscar Brockmeyer, Spiritual Life Center Susan J. Foster is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ with three decades of experience as a pastor, preacher, retreat leader, and teacher. She has led retreats in rural and city churches, a remote wooded cabin, a windjammer schooner, retreat centers, church fellowship halls, and personal homes. She rejoices in God's invitation to ""come away"" to be renewed and refreshed by God's love. Her website is www.susanjfoster.net.
Susan J. Foster is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ with three decades of experience as a pastor, preacher, retreat leader, and teacher. She has led retreats in rural and city churches, a remote wooded cabin, a windjammer schooner, retreat centers, church fellowship halls, and personal homes. She rejoices in God's invitation to "come away" to be renewed and refreshed by God's love. Her website is www.susanjfoster.net.