Girlfriends of Hope is Hope Lutheran’s newly formed women’s ministry that welcomes ALL women (“Girlfriends” J) ages 18 and up. The idea behind Girlfriends Unlimited was not created at Hope, but we liked it so much, we have joined to have access and tap into this world-wide women’s ministry for an absolutely amazing one-of-a-kind program that helps us bring women together in order to connect and make friends with each other and with Jesus.
Girlfriends Unlimited, with its roots in Colorado, is a NEW approach to women’s ministry. It looks different, sounds different, and feels different. Girlfriends Unlimited is most emphatically NOT the same old same old. Instead of reinventing the wheel, Girlfriends Unlimited is a terrific tool to reach out and connect with women in a way that is filled with fun and energy. It also enables women to grow spiritually and emotionally and live with purpose and significance. It is our deepest desire that the Girlfriends of Hope will be something relevant and relational and meets you where you are on your journey of faith.
We kicked off Girlfriends of Hope with a retreat last fall to the coast that brought 37 amazing Girlfriends from the church together for a God-centered weekend of faith, friendship and fun. Many new friendships blossomed while other friendship bonds got stronger. All went home feeling recharged, relaxed and reconnected to their faith in one way or another. By the time we left the retreat center we were already planning the next one! We discovered a resounding theme from the women that experienced the weekend…as women we need more GIRL time!
Through Girlfriends of Hope we look forward to to filling that need by providing women the chance to get together in casual, fun settings so that they can meet new friends and reconnect with old friends. Besides yearly retreats, we will hold over-the-top themed events called G! Events and smaller events called Girlfriends Night Out where women play games or watch a movie. Other ideas include helpful demonstrations (healthy cooking techniques) or creating crafts. No matter what, it’s fun and uplifting!
Since the retreat we have held Spa-La-La, a pampering event just for girls, viewed Fried Green Tomatoes paired with delicious down home supper with all the fixings including delicious fried green tomatoes. We are now looking forward to the next women’s retreat Wonder Full World this fall in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and have a dynamic group forming for the Women of Faith conference being held in Greensboro this November.
Contact the Women’s Ministry of Hope Lutheran Church