Every Woman: Ruth

COVID-19 Update. In light of the developing situation with COVID-19, and in line with the latest government guidance, Cliff College has cancelled all face-to-face teaching delivered on-site from Friday March 20th to the end of June. During this time the college will also also be reviewing on-site courses currently planned for July and August. With sadness we have had to cancel this particular course within the Short Course programme, as we are sure you will understand. However we remain in contact with all those who had already booked this course and are now exploring the rescheduling of this and other courses later in the year. If you have any questions, please contact the Short Course Administrator, Pete Anderson (shortcourse@cliffcollege.ac.uk)

Everyday women for every woman today.

This weekend retreat is an opportunity to explore the stories of everyday women in the Bible for every woman today.

Cliff College are pleased to be working in joint partnership with Girls’ Brigade Ministries for this refreshing retreat weekend for women of all ages.  The weekend of 5th-7th June 2020 has space for up to 20 women to talk, pray and reflect together, within the beautiful setting of Cliff College.

Weekend theme: Ruth

The theme of the weekend is the Book and character of Ruth.

All of us encounter the unexpected, when life leaves you feeling empty-handed. For Ruth, this was early-widowhood and a commitment to stay and live alongside her mother-in-law in the harsh reality of a world that didn’t value women other than through the men they married, gave birth to, or whom they called Dad.

How do we respond in times like these?

What does it feel like to weather the storm?

Where do we see God within our circumstance?

Ruth was strong and resourceful, of noble character, selfless and hard-working. Her story is one of finding favour through faithfulness and beauty through brokenness.

“You can’t go back to your mother-in-law empty-handed.” Ruth, Chapter 3 verse 17

Join us as we take a fresh look at this story through guided reflections, times of discussion and creative activities.

We know that it isn’t always easy to give ourselves permission to stop and refresh ourselves. But we think it’s important. Girls’ Brigade Ministries is passionate about this and so we’re offering this refreshing retreat weekend for women of all ages, in partnership with Cliff College. It’s an opportunity to get together and support one another, spend time with God, and be refreshed. We hope to see you there!



Here’s what some previous participants have to say about our retreats:

The retreat was an opportunity for each one of us to meet with God in ways that suited us. A relaxed, fun, engaging and reflective time.”

It’s been really good to set aside this weekend to focus on different ways of spending time with God. I’m able to go home with new ways to read my Bible.”

“A precious time studying the story of Abigail and learning that I need to press the ‘pause’ button now and again to replenish myself.”

Held in joint partnership between Cliff College and Girls’ Brigade Ministries, and supported through a Methodist Church Connexional Mission and Ministry Grant, this Friday-Sunday weekend will be led by Charlotte Hendy & Jules Murdy. The weekend will include interactive sessions, connecting with others, a walk, time to relax together, and periods of rest and quiet.

Charlotte Hendy & Jules Murdy, Course Leaders

Charlotte Hendy is Discipleship & Evangelism Enabler for Girls’ Brigade Ministries and loves enabling women to grow in confidence and in faith. Originally from Plymouth, she studied Theology at Oxford and now lives in Sheffield. An experienced public speaker, Charlotte frequently leads retreats, events and times of worship and reflection, including at Cliff Festival. She attends The Well Baptist Church in Sheffield where she is on the Young Adults Leadership Team. Charlotte suffers from seaside withdrawal symptoms and dreams of one day owning a house by the sea.




Jules Murdy is Director of Girls’ Brigade Ministries (GBM), passionate about helping girls and young women to discover Jesus and develop practical life skills and self-confidence. Previously a senior leader in IT Services in the NHS Jules took up the leadership of GBM in 2017. She has been involved in ministry with girls and young women through national roles within the GB for many years and has been involved in mission projects in her local Methodist Circuit. She is currently undertaking local preacher training in the Methodist Church. When not at work Jules is wife to Chuck; Mum to Hazel and Jack and Nanny to three Grandchildren. As well as being a lifelong Nottingham Forest supporter and keen follower of motorcycle racing.


Dates: TBA


The cost of £180.00 includes morning and afternoon refreshments, evening meal on Friday, full board Saturday & breakfast and lunch Sunday, 2 nights en-suite accommodation, and all teaching and materials.

A non-refundable deposit of £30 secures your place. The balance of fees should be paid before or on arrival.

We are delighted that Methodist Women in Britain have offered some bursary funding towards this course. Contact MWiB for more details. 

For booking contact:  shortcourse@cliffcollege.ac.uk / 01246 584203

This weekend retreat is part of the growing programme of Cliff Retreats within the Short Course programme offered at Cliff College, including another weekend offered by Girls’ Brigade Ministries. 

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