Traditionally, Step’s Retreat Days have been thought of as a summer term thing. Anyone who receives our weekly prayer calendar will know that June and July are a blur of delightful chaos as schools release their students, sometimes whole year groups at a time, for an entire day of Step activities on various themes.
Recently, however, schools have been booking an increasing number of retreat days in the autumn term.
We’ve delivered six in the past four weeks, with another five to go before the end of term. We’ve found that autumn term retreats are a great opportunity to meet the brand new Year 7s. They’re also well timed to help students at every stage of their secondary journey prepare for what the year ahead holds.
For example, this week we ran a whole day on the topic of stress for the Year 11s at Loreto College. We wanted to do a few things:
Help the students to recognise and understand their response to stressful situations
Give them tools to cope with stress and anxiety
Provide space for them to relax and have fun together
Explore the peace that God promises us
It was a day of chat, laughter, mess, singing, discussion, creativity, prayer, games and building on our relationships with the excellent students and staff at Loreto. In amongst all that, it was also a day of celebrating that peace that’s greater than anything we can understand.
With so many more retreats coming up this year, we’re in desperate need of more helpers! Whether you’re a tea-maker, a photo-taker, an arts-and-crafter or have a skill we haven’t yet dreamed of, let us know - we’d love to involve you.