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Time to Put JOY on Your Calendar!

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

Our 10th annual Time for JOY retreat will be April 8-10th, 2016, at the beautiful Camp Mitchell.  There’s something for everyone in the diocese to do to support this important ministry for women ages 19-40ish.

  • Sponsors:  Seek out a young woman in your midst who needs a break, a time to renew her spirit.  Two per congregation is ideal, but more are welcome, as space allows.  The retreat is limited to 24 participants, so register early!
  • Young Women:  Speak up!  This is what you need, and your Church knows you deserve it.
  • Congregations:  Support the young women who are coming.  Help them plan for childcare, meals, and travel, if needed.  Encourage them to share their experience upon return and watch what a difference your support makes in their spiritual journey.
  • Volunteers:  Whether you’re a past retreatant or a more experienced woman in life, we welcome you to participate in this rewarding ministry.  Serve on our committee or help us for the weekend on our Angel Team by contacting Elanka at [] you can also help by donating gifts and funds.  Thank you for your support!
  • All: Pray for our retreatants and volunteers.  We already have a prayer prepared.

Many Thanks

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014
Chapel of Transfiguration, Camp Mitchell

Chapel of Transfiguration, Camp Mitchell

Every year since 2005, the team never fails to be amazed at the presence of Spirit and the generosity of our diocese.  Our 2014 retreat was no exception.

The young women were blanketed in hospitality and nurtured in Spirit.  The speaker Marge Doyle reminded all of the mystery and “wisdom” that surrounds us and encouraged every woman to listen to who they really are.

For those of you who didn’t get to experience Time for JOY, either as a retreatant or a team member, we encourage you to get involved now.  Although registration doesn’t open until January, planning begins the summer before.  Church women can be looking for the next women who need an oasis on their spiritual journey.  If you would like to serve on the team, please contact elanka (

Again, many thanks to everyone who made this year happen, and even more importantly, thanks be to God!

With thanks for another blessed year!

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

As always, this year’s retreat could not have been possible without the support of all women in the diocese.  Thank you!

Special thanks to the women who took time to come and be pampered and reminded of the God-seed within each of you.  Thanks to the parishes that supported your attendance at the retreat.  What a wonderful gift!

Thank you also to our wonderful spiritual guides and speaker: Merry-Helen Hedges, Joanna Seibert
, and Joanna S Campbell. You made this year magical and wonderful.

Additionally, the women who run the behind-the-scenes make the magic happen; that’s why we call them our “Angel Team.”

Going above and beyond, our diocesan ECW continues to support the retreat enthusiastically.

For our tenth year, we continue to count our blessings and look forward to the years to come.  Thanks be to God!


Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

Pause.  Breathe deeply.  Deeper.  Exhale.  Fully.

We all need time to pause, time to reflect on who we are, not only in relation to our family and work but also in relation to Spirit, to God, to Christ.  It’s time we honored our true Selves, the woman God means for us to be.

Whether you are an Arkansas Episcopal church looking to learn more, a young woman looking for an escape, an older woman wondering what to do or anything between or beyond, we hope to bring you closer to what you seek.  Explore what our site has to offer.  Ask if you need further information.

Arkansas Episcopal Church Women welcomes you to experience Time for J.O.Y. (Jesus, Others and Yourself).