Make it a Girls’ Night Out and A Day Off!
Thursday evening – Friday morning
Check in any time after 4 pm.
Take a walk, do some shopping, chat with all your friends!
Start your evening with a delicious dinner buffet in the Water’s Edge Dining Room. Then relax in the Chesapeake Auditorium for a time of entertainment, worship and laughter!
Spend the night in the Chesapeake Lodge and relax over breakfast in the Water’s Edge Dining Room. Fellowship with your sisters in Christ… devotions and “girlfriend time” with the Girls’ Night Out special guests… and take some time to connect with God before heading home for the busy weekend!
Schedule subject to change
4:00 pm Check in
4:00-5:30 Sports Pool & Hot Tub open
5:00 Optional Video
9:00 Sports Pool & Hot Tub open
8:00 am Breakfast
9:00 Devotions with
9:30 Photo Op with your friends
10:00 Check Out
Free time on the grounds to think, pray & process – stay as long as you like!
“Biblical focus and FUN!” – Mae, Lancaster, PA
“Girls’ Night Out always brings my sister, my mom & myself closer together!” – Rebecca, Staten Island, NY
“Great time to build relationships, learn and laugh!” – Nancy, Centreville, VA
“Peace, joy, love was already here. All I had to do was dwell in the Spirit!” – Paulette, Baltimore, MD
“I got to relax and just feel Christ’s peace!” – Rebecca, Paradise, PA
“Laughed a lot! Joy tank filled. Face hurt – HA!” Cindy, Bird In Hand, PA
From courting in a horse and buggy to Internet dating, the past century has seen rapid changes for women. Lynn takes a nostalgic look at challenges and choices of the past as seen through the eyes of four generations of women. Discover God’s timeless advice from His unchanging Word to guide women of all ages into the future.
Lynn Austin, a former teacher who now writes and speaks full time, has won eight Christy Awards for her historical fiction. One of those novels, Hidden Places, has also been made into a Hallmark Channel movie. Lynn and her husband have raised three children and make their home near Chicago, Illinois.
Extended family is very important to Austin, and it was a lively discussion between Lynn, her mother, grandmother (age 98), and daughter concerning the change in women’s roles through the generations that sparked the inspiration for her novel Eve’s Daughters.
Lynn’s next two books, Return to Me and Pilgrimage come out Fall 2013. Return to Me is the first book in a Biblical Fiction series called The Restoration Chronicles, featuring the books of Ezra and Nehemiah. Pilgrimage is Lynn’s first nonfiction work about her spiritual journey through the land of Israel.
We are exhausted, stressed out people…filled with anxiety…constantly trying to fit ten pounds into a five pound sack…hindered by, and held captive by our fast paced lifestyles! This evening will be a reminder that we are not helpless. Permission granted to SLOW DOWN! Gwen will share her grace-story through message and music, explaining how God’s grace can bridge the gap between our life clutter and His strength, healing and peace.
Those who know her best would tell you that Gwen is just a car-pooling, coffee-loving, chocolate-craving, Jesus-loving wife and mother who struggles like the rest of us with dirty dishes, everyday life, messy piles, mountains of laundry, complicated relationships and cellulite.
Gwen Smith is a speaker, author, songwriter, and worship leader who inspires women toward the heart of God through stories, songs, and Scripture. Her fun, enthusiastic, and relatable communication style puts audiences at ease and bridges generational, denominational, and racial divides. As a co-founder of the conference and devotional ministry Girlfriends In God, Gwen has helped thousands of women experience how the Word of God and the power of grace, through Jesus Christ, rejuvenates faith and enriches lives.
Gwen has shared her stories and songs on The 700 Club, The Good Life, The Harvest Show, Atlanta Live, and many other television and radio programs. She is the author of a book titled Broken Into Beautiful – which shares the same title as a heart-stirring song that she co-wrote and recorded.
Today, Gwen and the ministry team at Girlfriends In God encourage more than 500,000 women daily through their online devotions (www.GirlfriendsInGod.com). The “GiGs” have co-authored a book, “Trusting God: A Girlfriends in God Devotional,” that was released on December 13, 2011 with WaterBrook Multnomah Publishers. In addition, Gwen was a recording artist with Great Worship Songs and a staff songwriter for Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing from 2008 – 2011. She has written for Sunday Best Music Publishing since 2004. Her newest CD, Uncluttered, was released in early 2011.
Bonnie Keen and Nan Gurley portray the women God used to fulfill the covenant and bring in the Messiah. With cutting-edge dialogue, original music and creative interaction with the audience, this 90-minute musical will inspire viewers with the stories of women who dared to believe and pushed against the pressures and culture of their day.
The scarlet thread of hope runs through the stories of Rahab, Tamar, Leah and Rachel, Deborah and Esther, Anna and Mary. Like women today, these women knew this was their hour, this was their moment. On a bare stage, two women using 20 feet of scarlet fabric leave audiences breathless with the stories of the blood of Jesus running through time from the Garden to the empty tomb.
Bonnie Keen is a founding member of the critically acclaimed recording trio First Call. Over a span of 20+ years she has been awarded three Dove Awards, five Grammy nominations, and an Emmy nomination for her work as a recording artist, author and speaker.
As a survivor of divorce, single parenthood, and clinical depression, Bonnie’s story has graced the covers of “Today’s Christian Woman” and “Virtue” magazine. Her first three books allowed her the chance to speak hope to others from her first hand experience of God’s mercy to messy situations. “Blessed Are the Desperate,” “God Loves Messy People,”and “A Ladder Out of Depression” openly reveal Bonnie’s journey from despair to hope. Her ongoing passion remains to say ‘do not give up’ to hopeless people of faith who may find themselves discouraged when life turns upside down. Bonnie lives with her “miracle” Brent (a five-time Grammy award winning, horse loving, Renaissance husband) on their farm outside of Franklin, TN.
Her children, Courtney and Graham continue to follow their dreams both in Tennessee and New York.
Nan has been awarded Best Actress “Tennie” Awards by “The Tennessean” for her work in “The Seagull,” “Cyrano,” “The Little Foxes,” “A Streetcar Named Desire,” “Crimes of the Heart,” and “The Storybuilders.” Nan has had featured roles with Tennessee Opera Theater and has been a guest soloist on numerous occasions with the Nashville Symphony. She co-wrote with Denice Hicks and Claire Syler a new work entitled SHAKESPEARE’S CASE, a play in which William Shakespeare goes on trial to defend his modern relevance. Her longest-running role to date is that of Queenie Delphine in The Glory Bugles, which she co-founded with her husband Wayne and Bonnie Keen. She also wrote, hosted, and produced an educational TV series on the performing arts entitled “Front Row Center” for Nashville Public TV Station which was aired on PBS stations nationwide and which won the Southern Education Communication’s Best Series Award in 1997. She is a two-time Dove Award winning songwriter and has written and recorded an album of songs for children entitled “Small Wonder.” She also was a 1999 recipient of the Avalon Award for Creative Excellence given by Lipscomb University. She is a member of the Prism Art League and studies painting with Melanie Jackson. Nan is proudest of her role as wife to Wayne and Mother to Erin and Lena.
All rates are per person and include Thursday night lodging, dinner, breakfast, Thursday program and Friday devotions.
Rates begin at $79 per person.
Most rooms have two twin beds and one queen size bed, so triple occupancy allows for each person to have their own sleep space.
Treat yourself to an upgraded room!
Ask about beautiful bay view rooms and 2 room suites – a few with Jacuzzis!
Upgraded charge is per room, not per person
Looking for a slightly different Retreat? Try our campground!
Log Cabins are open all year with an extended season for Rustic Cabins.
Log Cabin Rates: $89 per person
Rustic Cabin Rates (available for June and October only): $79 per person
*Please note that there is a minimum occupancy of 4 required for all cabins.
Girls’ Night Out only (6:45 – 9:15 pm): $36 per person, includes dinner and program Thursday evening.
Please call for Girls’ Night Out only reservations – 800.234.COVE (2683)
PLEASE NOTE: October 2014 Girls’ Night Out dinner will begin at 6:15 pm!
Don’t let finances keep you away – scholarships are available – up to 50% provided through generous donations!
Modest swimsuits are required…one-piece for girls of all ages!
10% military discount for all program events for ALL military personnel.
This discount is available to any member of the armed forces, any branch and their immediate family members living in their household.
This is a Child Free Event. We love babies and children and we know you do too! But “Child Free Events” are your opportunity to be free from some of your normal daily responsibilities. It also provides a distraction free time for everyone to focus on the spiritual purpose of the event. Thank you for your cooperation and consideration.