This retreat weekend we will look at Jesus’ interactions with women from the Gospel of John. We will see Him enter into and meet us in our desperation, shame, grief and pain, and our worship.  Each talk looks at how we misjudge the character of our Heavenly Father, especially in moments of darkness. We will look at how Jesus lovingly enters into these situations and reveals the heart of His Father to each woman and to us.  We will see that the only reasonable response to such a Savior is a life completely oriented around him. Let’s encounter Jesus.

Location: Huntsville
This year’s retreat will be in Huntsville, AL a short 90-minute drive from Birmingham. Huntsville is a one-of-a-kind place that prides itself on its past and looks ahead to its future. You will enjoy an area steeped in warm, welcoming Southern hospitality and vibrant, bustling culture. Experience the beauty of Huntsville’s outdoor areas, the thrill of local sports teams, the bustle of Rocket City nightlife, our rich history and a wide array of exciting art and entertainment options.

Hotel: Element Huntsville
Our accommodations will be provided by Element Huntsville.  The Element Huntsville is part of the Westin Huntsville located at 6810 Governors West NW in Huntsville. Blending sophistication, elegance, and classic southern hospitality with the unique surroundings of Bridge Street Town Centre, The Westin Huntsville and Element Huntsville provide easy access to the Huntsville Botanical Gardens, Big Spring Park, Bridge Street shopping, and the U.S. Space and Rocket Center. Everything you need to relax is right here. Amenities include fitness and pool facilities, and meeting spaces throughout the hotel.

Speaker: Abby Hutto

Abby Hutto is the Director of Spiritual Formation at Story Presbyterian Church in Westerville, Ohio. She also works for Parakaleo, a ministry that comes alongside women in ministry, as a group leader and trainer. Abby loves to study and teach God’s Word and delights in helping others experience and know their Heavenly Father better. Abby is married to Ken, and they have two children, Hannah (14) and Harry (13). They live in Westerville, Ohio. Look out for Abby’s upcoming book, God For Us: Discovering the Heart of the Father through the Life of the Son, (P&R Publishing) due to release in the February of 2019. You can connect with Abby at




Music: Baylee Wichlan and Elizabeth Jordan
Music will be led by our own Briarwood musicians. Baylee Wichlan serves Briarwood as an intern in the Music Department and Elizabeth Jordan is a member of Brarwood’s Praise Team.

Tentative Schedule
Friday, February 1, 7:00 p.m. — Retreat Begins
Check-in begins at 4:00 p.m. with the retreat kick-off at 7:00 p.m.
Dinner is on your own Friday evening.

Saturday, February 2
8:30 a.m. — Morning Session
11:30 a.m. — Group Lunch at Bravo Italian (meal included in Retreat Cost)
2:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. — Free Time
7:00 p.m. — Evening Session

Sunday, February 3
8:30 a.m. — Morning Session
11:00 a.m. — Retreat Ends

Retreat price includes charter bus transportation, two-night hotel stay, Saturday and Sunday breakfast, and Saturday lunch.

(Per person)
Private Room (filled)
Double Occupancy: $235
Triple Occupancy: $200
Quad Occupancy: $175

Transportation will be provided by Cline Tours. Leaves at 3:00 p.m. on Friday from Altadena Parking Lot. Limited space available on a first-come-first-serve basis.

What to bring
Bible and Notebook
Snacks to share for Friday and Saturday evening

Check-in begins at 4:00 p.m. Friday with the retreat kick off at 7:00 p.m. Dinner is on your own Friday evening.

Click here to register and pay for the retreat

For more information on things to do while in Huntsville:

Bridge Street Center, click here

Explore Huntsville, click here

Downtown Huntsville Map, click here

US Space & Rocket Center, click here

Visit Mooresville, AL, click here