IMAGINE THAT SOMEONE HAS THOUGHT OF YOUR EVERY NEED – PHYSICAL AND SPIRITUAL.
If you preregistered or checked out the Firstfruits website, you saw evidence this might be the case. It’s no surprise Firstfruits time brings to mind a “mini-retreat.”
You become more certain when you arrive – you easily spot a welcome sign, and park nearby. When you reach the door into Firstfruits, a smiling face greets you. You receive a name tag and a small schedule that includes the name of what you signed up for – in case you forgot – and the times and rooms they are held in. If you’ve signed up for child care, you will be directed to that room.
THEN YOU ARE INVITED INTO THE “KIWI CAFE,”
a vibrant, warm contemporary cafe, with kiwi green accents, chalkboard quotes and more. Whether you are there in the evening, morning or at noon, the Kiwi Cafe offers everything you need and wish you had time to have ready around at home. Fresh coffee – regular and decaf. Ice water with lemon slices. Iced tea as well as a selection of hot teas. A soup supper or salad/sandwich lunch with cold veggies and fruit. Platters of several kinds of miniature homemade bars and treats invite you to enjoy more than one taste. It takes some time to realize that this restful environment has been created just for you!
…AND THIS IS JUST THE PRELUDE.
Traveling Firstfruits Timeline
Opportunities are offered to attend up to three break-out sessions - evening, morning and/or afternoon. Each woman can come when she can and leave when she must, as registration is separate for each session.
THE NIGHT BEFORE
5:30-6:30 – Check In and Soup Supper
6:30-7 – Welcome and Prayer
7-8:30 – Evening Session
THE NEXT DAY
8:45-9:15 a.m. – Check In and Continental Breakfast
9:15-9:45 – Music/Welcome and Prayer
9:45-11:15 – Morning Session
11:15-1 p.m. – Lunch, Free Time, Optional One-On-One Mini-Sessions
1 – 2:30 p.m. – Afternoon Session