Getaways with God
Youth Retreats for Any Schedule
Finally! Fresh, easy-to-use, and customizable outlines for five brand-new themes help you plan senior high retreats, whether you have a weekend, a day, or just hours. Detailed descriptions for five gatherings are included:
- Who Are You Waiting For?, a half-day retreat.
- Parents and Teens: Bridging the Gap, a half-day retreat.
- A Pilgrimage Retreat, a one-day retreat.
- Call and Response, an overnight retreat.
- Jesus Calls Us, a weekend retreat.
Publisher: Saint Mary's Press
Copyright: Oct. 1, 2003
Size: 8.5 x 11
Length: 152 pages
YouthWorker Journal, September/October, 2005
Episcopal Teacher, Winter, 2005
The themes range from a half-day Advent retreat that emphasizes the season's time of waking, to a weekend retreat that challenges young people to look at how Jesus is calling them to live. The book is based on the philosophy that retreats should give youth "an opportunity to get a better sense of self, to build relationships with others, and to grow closer to God."
The retreat outlines are imaginative and innovative, with prayers and games designed to interest youth at different levels. Key components of each retreat include icebreakers, talks, activities, discussions, quiet time, and worship.
Experienced leaders will appreciate the thought Hakowski has put into the design. At the same time, helpful hints about food, retreat settings, and supplies are available for leaders with less experience.
Each retreat outline is flexible and can be adapted for groups of 25 to 40 youth. The strengths of the book include its variety of challenging topics and workshop styles.
The retreats in Getaways with God include: