Psalm 46:10, “Be still and know that I am God,” is a verse that seems simple, but it packs a punch. Once we’re still (that’s hard enough!), we have a job to do: To know that God is God. What does that even mean? Enter theology: The study of the nature of God. We need more than stillness—we need good theology. We need to know what God is like! Can you imagine anything more needed in the lives of women than stillness—and then knowledge of God to meditate on in the stillness?
Our 2019 event featured Bible teacher Amy Gannett and gospel-saturated worship band Sow & Tether at St. George’s Independent School (8250 Poplar Avenue), in Germantown, Tennessee. The $35 ticket included the full day of content (3 sessions), a tote bag, digital access to Amy Gannett’s “Learning Sabbath” study, and digital access to The Simple Study Binder tool from S&S co-founder Caroline Saunders.
Stay tuned for information about next year’s event by subscribing to our emails or following along on social media.
Story & Soul Weekend 2019 will take place December 6-8 at The Country Place Retreat,
a beautiful and picturesque space about an hour outside the Memphis area,
and the perfect setting for a weekend of worship and rest.
For more information on the location, visit their website.
Story & Soul Weekend is a set-apart retreat experience designed to offer women and women's ministries in the Mid-South an opportunity to connect with God and one another.
Story & Soul Weekend is a great fit for:
Individuals, small groups, discipleship groups, mothers and daughters, and friends who desire to be refreshed by the solid scriptural focus, the slow, restful itinerary, and the space to connect with God and one another. Read a few testimonials here!
Ministries who desire to provide their women with a meaningful, quality, vision-rich retreat without overextending their leaders. (Interested in your women's ministry or group participating in the 2019 retreat? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
We are so excited to welcome beloved Bible teacher Elizabeth Woodson to our 2019 event! On Saturday, Elizabeth will "zoom in" on this year's theme, The Story of Song, by taking a closer look at important biblical passages. We are so excited to learn from Elizabeth!
Here's more about her: Elizabeth is a passionate bible teacher whose deepest desire is to know Christ and to make Him known! Engaging both the heart and mind, she loves to teach the truth of Scripture, empowering believers to experience abundant life with Jesus! On most days you can find her hanging out at The Village Church, where she has the joy to work as the Institute Associate Minister doing what she loves – writing, teaching, and developing leaders.
Elizabeth is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary with a Masters in Christian Education, and formerly served as the Single Life Ministry Coordinator at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship under the leadership of Senior Pastor, Dr. Tony Evans.
Christin ensures that the Story & Soul vision is effectively supported by and
executed through logistics, materials, and a discipleship focus.
Caroline provides and communicates the vision of Story & Soul and manages
original content for the organization. Each year, she shares the meta-narrative of
Scripture during one of our sessions.
Megan ensures that the vision of Story & Soul is visually communicated through
materials, atmosphere, branding, and social media interactions.
Colleen serves as Minister to Women at Church at the Cross in Grapevine, Texas, and she speaks at women’s retreats and conferences throughout the year. Women love learning from Colleen because she’s engaging, funny, and pairs biblically sound interpretation with helpful application. Colleen and her husband, Wes, have served in churches together in Florida, Colorado, and Texas for over 20 years. She loves being the mom of her two teenage boys, Sam and Tate.
Donna is a devoted student of God’s Word and has written and taught Bible Studies for the past 30+ years. She is the author of four books, There’s Gotta Be More, Seated: Living from Our Position in Christ, Leaving Ordinary, Encounter God through Extraordinary Prayer and Choose Wisely, Live Fully. Donna is the wife of Dr. Steve Gaines, pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church, Donna is a graduate of Union University (B.S.) and Texas Woman’s University, (M.Ed.).
Catherine Parks lives in the Nashville area with her husband, Erik, and their two children. She is an author of the book Real: The Surprising Secret to Deeper Relationships and co-author of A Christ-Centered Wedding. She loves teaching God's Word, leading song worship, playing volleyball, and reading good books.
Ariyana Rimson is a counselor at the Moriah House and is heavily involved with Downline Ministries. She teaches and speaks throughout the Memphis area. Her passion for women and discipleship has been a blessing to many!
We serve women and women's ministries in the Memphis, Tennessee area*:
Individuals, small groups, discipleship groups, mothers and daughters, and friends who attend Story & Soul will come away refreshed by the solid scriptural focus, the slow, restful itinerary, and the space to connect with God and one another. Read a few testimonials here!
Ministries who partner with us are able to provide their women with a meaningful, quality, vision-rich retreat without overextending their leaders. (Interested in your women's ministry participating in the 2019 retreat? Email us at email@example.com.)
*Hey, if you love what we're doing and live out of town, we'd love for you to travel to us and attend the weekend!
Rooms in the Harvest and Hospitality Inns are spacious, beautifully decorated, and designed to be shared between four women. Each room has its own bathroom with two basin sinks, large vanity, and separate rooms for the toilet and shower. Most of the rooms in the inn have two queen beds. Click here to see a video tour and photos of the inns.
The cottages are cozy with bunk style beds designed to be shared between eight or more women. Each cottage has central heat & air, private cubbies for each guest & extra long twin mattresses. The entry way & bathroom are in the middle of the cottage, separating the bunks into five beds on each side. Click here to see a video tour and photos of the cottages.
When you register, you'll be able to write down the names of those you'd like to room with. There are four women per Inn room and at least eight women per cottage (a great option for a church small group!). One of the core values of Story & Soul Weekend is sisterhood, and we pray that the time in your room will be meaningful, restful, and fun. Reach out to women you'd like to get to know better and make plans to room together. Or, if you prefer not to decide, leave the rooming up to us or your church representatives!
December is certainly a difficult month both for our schedules and for our bank accounts! However, through prayerful consideration, we realized that this is when women most need an opportunity to be still, to connect with God and one another. Participants will likely find that their Advent season is richer and simpler because of the intentional restfulness and connection that occurs at Story & Soul Weekend.
To stay in the inns, the cost is $249 per person. If you choose to stay in the cottages, the cost is $195 person. Lodging, all meals, coffee, worship sessions, breakout sessions, and a long sleeve t-shirt are all included in the cost.
A $100 nonrefundable deposit is required when you sign up for the weekend. You can also pay the full amount upon registration. The remaining balance needs to be paid by the first Sunday in November. After this, the remaining balance is nonrefundable. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or talk to your women's ministry leader for more registration and payment details.
We will email all participants (likely at the end of October!) with breakout descriptions and details on how to register for each breakout session. Some of our creative breakout sessions may have a small fee depending on the session leader's plans, but we will contact participants closer to the date to sign up for these breakouts, and you can pay any additional fees (no more than $10) at that time.
We believe that preparing your mind and heart prior to Story & Soul will help you to connect with God and with others in a richer, more meaningful way. A week or two before the event, we will send a heart preparation packet with devotionals and a packing list to all participants.
Every element of Story & Soul Weekend is designed to support our vision of Scripture, Stillness, and Sisterhood. You can expect it to be structured with rich teaching and space for restfulness and connection with others. Generally, it goes something like this:
Every year at Story & Soul Weekend, we present a creative retelling of the Big Story of the Bible. One of our team members, Caroline Saunders, will present this story during our first worship session and then we'll enjoy some delicious snacks and friend time before heading to bed.
On Saturday, we'll enjoy a leisurely breakfast (time to actually finish that cup of coffee!) before heading to our first of two worship sessions (one in the morning and one in the late afternoon) in which our speaker will "zoom in" on The Big Story by taking a closer look at specific passages in the Bible. Between the sessions, participants will join in on two breakout sessions of their selection, enjoy a delicious lunch, and have a chance to rest through a stretching class or a nap. After our second session, we'll join together for a special dinner that's become a beloved tradition, and then close the night with worship around the campfire. Staying up and chatting is usually the next thing on everyone’s agenda, but we never blame anyone for going to bed early! We encourage participants to do what offers them rest.
On Sunday after breakfast, we'll join together in the chapel for a time of worship and a special devotional designed to set participants back into "real life" with a commissioning to glorify God and enjoy him forever. We'll take a group photo in our t-shirts and send everyone off with enough time to make it back to their various churches for the late services. (Most women have been able to easily get back for 10:45 services.) We think this is a crucial part of the weekend because it connects the “set apart” worship time experienced of the weekend to the “real life” worship time offered by local churches.