Women’s Weekend Retreat


The Kingdom of God Through Our Stories

The Rev. Gayle Murphy will be our worship leader at the Women’s Weekend Retreat this year.   She has a long history with South Church because it is the church in which her three sons grew up and the family nurtured.   South Church supported her as she attended Seminary and was ordained, and she served as the Church’s Minister of Volunteers.  Gayle is now called to minister to those outside of the church and her current focus is Caring Clergy, a program for training clergy to do compassionate funerals after a substance use death.   Gayle loves to bicycle with her husband, do handwork, and enjoys her growing family of 3 1/2 grandchildren.

Time & Location

March 27, 5:00 PM – March 29, 1:00 PM

Marie Joseph Spiritual Center, 10 Evans Rd, Biddeford, ME 04005, USA

About The Retreat


Jesus said that the Kingdom of God is like a mustard seed . . . yeast in bread . . . a banquet . . . a garden.  Through metaphors like these, we can begin to understand the Kingdom of God. Jesus also taught us about the Kingdom of God through stories. He said “There once was a man on a journey who was beaten by thieves and left to die. . . .  A father had two sons and one wanted his inheritance early. . . . There were nine maidens who waited for the bridegroom to come. . . .”   Through story-telling, Jesus teaches us what the Kingdom of God looks like, who is invited into it, and how it comes about.  We relate to and remember these stories and through them the Kingdom of God comes into being—and we come to recognize the Kingdom of God in our own lives and stories.

This year, the Women of South Church will look at the Kingdom of God through Jesus’ stories and OUR stories.  Jesus’ stories can help us see the Kingdom of God in our own life stories and embolden us to tell them.  As we become willing to share our own stories and by encouraging others to do the same, we affirm our experiences of God’s kingdom and we help grow it

The weekend itinerary will include plenty of unstructured time for you to enjoy the beautiful ocean-front setting of the Marie Joseph Spiritual Center, in solitude or in the joyful company of other South Church women.


Expect to laugh, think, play and be opened up to a new way of waiting!


$215* for early registration (by 02/15/2020)



$230* for registrations, 2/16 thru 3/2/2020

$30 fee for special diets



This fee covers program costs, your room at the retreat center and all meals---dinner Friday evening, three meals on Saturday, and breakfast & lunch on Sunday. Your generosity through a voluntary donation, in addition to this program fee — either upon registering or as an offering during our Sunday worship service – helps defray the program’s costs and make retreat scholarships available.


If financial concerns limit your participation, please speak confidentially to Rev. Carlos Jauhola-Straight about the availability of scholarship funds.





Please understand that we cannot promise any refunds if you withdraw your registration after we have our final count on March 13. Also, we cannot confirm a reservation until payment of the full fee is received.