Friday, November 9, 2012

B1G8 retreat coming up!

Every year, we have this singles reatreat in church called the B1G retreat or "Be One with God" and well, it's really BIG with 1,000 participants every year. Everyone's invited even those not from CCF sooo, it's really  exciting to get to know a lot of people and then of course to know God too :)

Last year was my FIRST B1G retreat and I was welcomed with people who I now consider my truest and closest friends. I've been attending CCF FOR ALL MY LIFE but it was only during B1G that I got to get up close with people from my church and actually hang out with them even after the retreat.

Aside from the wonderful, amazing people that I've met, I finally was able to let go of a (for lack of a less excruciating word) heartbreak that happened that same year. During the retreat, we were given every morning to just relax, walk around the area, and pray alone. It was a wonderful feeling after just having a one-on-one with God and to release all my qualms and concerns to Him. (Indeed, 1 Peter 5:7-- Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you)

The messages were helpful too. Last year our theme was "Find Rest" and we focused on Matthew 11:28-30 where Jesus said, Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” The whole thing was just a relief-- a rest from the "hustle and bustle", and the juggling of family, friends, love, and career. Sometimes we get so busy and preoccupied that the best thing to do is to take a step back from it all before they swallow us.

After each message, we met in small groups (around 5-6 per group) where we discussed the messages and thought of ways to apply it. During the process, we shared ideas, personal stories, struggles, frustrations, dreams, wants, and so we had meaningful conversations to know ourselves and each other more. 

Then of course, the games! It was an Amazing Race type of game where groups competed for prizes. Everyone was so into winning that made it all better-- and funner!:)) But for those who didn't want to join the games, it was free time so others used the hotel facilities like the swimming pools, courts, etc.
Then our last night was about laughing, music, and dancing. The emcees were super funny and they asked for our participation from time to time. Everyone was just hyped! We slept around 3am! :))

So this year, I am very excited as B1G happens again on November 23-25, 2012 at Hotel Stotsenberg, Clark, Pampanga. The fee is P3,950 inclusive of  transportation, hotel lodging, retreat materials, buffet food, and FUN that's worth every cent. :) 

I encourage everyone to register to experience a weekend like no other! First timers are very welcome and much much appreciated!

Reg booths are found every Sunday at the CCF, 5/F and 4/F St. Francis Square (at the back of SM Megamall, Mega A) or you can register online at Registration closes on November 11 (Sunday) so I hope you can join us. :) 
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