New Resource: Retreat in a Box

New Resource: Retreat in a Box

Feeling overwhelmed by the busyness of life? You’re not alone. Many of us yearn for a quiet place to connect with God, just as the Psalmist did. That’s why we’re thrilled to introduce our “Retreat in a Box”. 

This experience is designed to be accessible for everyone, individuals and groups. Even if you’ve never attended a retreat before, no extensive preparation is needed—just a Bible, a pen, and a quiet space. Our detailed guide will walk you through the retreat step-by-step, hour-by-hour. 

What is “Retreat in a Box”?

“Retreat in a Box” is a thoughtfully crafted set of materials designed to facilitate a spiritual retreat experience. Whether you’re a seasoned retreat-goer or a first-timer, this resource has all the guidance you need to take a retreat that brings you closer to God. The resources include:

  1. Preparation Guide: This document helps you get ready for your retreat both practically and spiritually. It’s recommended to read this guide a few days before your retreat to fully prepare yourself.
  2. Retreat Guide: This is your roadmap for the retreat day, detailing the activities, reflections, and practices you’ll engage in.
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How Does It Work?

The process begins with the Preparation Guide. This guide ensures you’re prepared for a tech-free day, encouraging you to set aside your devices and bring only a notebook, a pen, a Bible, and the guides provided. It outlines both practical and spiritual preparations to help you receive the most from your retreat experience.

The Retreat Guide breaks down the retreat into manageable sessions, each designed to deepen your spiritual practice. Here’s a glimpse of what you can expect:

  1. Navigating the Guide: Through the guide, the retreat is led by your retreat coaches, including Pastor Leigh Macpherson (Bracken Ridge Baptist), Mark Westhuyzen (QB), and Andrew McCafferty (Malyon), who guide and encourage you throughout the day.
  2. Spiritual Practices: These include prayer activities, biblical readings, and reflections, giving you the opportunity to engage deeply with each exercise.
  3. Action Steps and Reflections: After each practice, there’s a chance to reflect on your experience and decide on action steps moving forward. Questions like “What did I learn?” and “What is God saying to me?” help you internalize your insights.

Session Breakdown

For a full day retreat, the day is divided into four sessions:

  • Session One: Lasts 40 minutes, followed by a 10-minute break.
  • Session Two: Similar in length to the first session, with a longer break for refreshment.
  • Session Three: A longer session, broken into different components to maintain engagement. This session focuses on prayer, including the practice of Lectio Divina (divine reading) and reflective prayer using the Lord’s Prayer.
  • Session Four: Another session with varied activities, followed by an optional Session Five for group debriefing.

For those preferring a half-day retreat, each element is shortened but still provides a comprehensive experience.

Group or Individual Retreats

“Retreat in a Box” is versatile, and suitable for both group and individual retreats. For group experiences, it encourages coordination with your church’s small group or connect group to find a suitable date and time. Group debrief sessions provide opportunities for shared reflection and discussion, enriching the retreat experience through community.

Whether you’re new to retreats or a seasoned participant, “Retreat in a Box” is designed to be accessible and enriching for everyone. It can be found here on the QB website, making it easy for anyone to embark on this spiritual journey.

Embark on a spiritual retreat with confidence and ease using “Retreat in a Box.” This all-in-one resource equips you with everything you need for a meaningful, refreshing, and transformative retreat experience.

Download the resources today to start your journey and discover the profound benefits of connecting with God through structured reflection and prayer.

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