Bethany Baptist Church Experiences One-of-a-Kind Retreat at Lakeside

Posted on December 17, 2013

Upon discovering Lakeside Chautauqua, Leesa Coley knew it was the perfect location to host the Bethany Baptist Church biennial women’s retreat. Just a short drive on the turnpike from Grand Rapids, Ohio, Lakeside offered the women the ultimate spiritual haven.

Coley said she was drawn to Lakeside because of the aesthetics. The quiet location and the serenity of the lake provided an ideal getaway, exactly what the women were seeking.

“It was time to pay attention to our hearts and to get away from the hustle and bustle of life,” Coley said. “It’s like the world stopped spinning, and we could really focus on what the weekend was all about.”

A retreat in every sense, Coley and the women found their time at Lakeside Chautauqua both relaxing and rejuvenating. The beauty of the lake contributed to the success of the retreat.

Coley explained, “Lake Erie, the beauty, the peacefulness – it helped us focus upon keeping our hearts with all diligence and on what we needed to do. Lakeside is a great place to get away for a time of spiritual encouragement.”

More than 35 women, ages 21 to 75, participated in the women’s retreat, and the Chautauqua community offered something for each of them.

“Lakeside was a good fit because there was truly something for everyone,” Coley said. “They could ride bikes, go shopping or just sit outside and watch people. Whatever they wanted to do, they could do.”

The women gathered together for prayer and worship at the Train Station, enjoyed a message from their guest speaker, shopped and visited the Village of Marblehead.

The weekend at Lakeside Chautauqua was a success for the women of Bethany Baptist. Many of the women even expressed to Coley that this was the best church retreat they had ever experienced.

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