It’s no secret that a large percentage of churches nationwide struggle to find ways to minister to the singles in their congregations. In fact, we took a deep dive into the topic in our November 2015 cover story.
So I was encouraged to hear about a new singles retreat called Fun in the Son that is happening May 26-29 in Fort Myers.
I caught up with Kris Swiatocho, director of The Singles Network Ministries, by phone to get the scoop on this brand new opportunity for singles to connect and be encouraged and refreshed. Kris was more than happy to give me some of the details about the event, and her excitement was obvious.
Kris estimated that Florida hasn’t hosted an event of this magnitude for singles in the last 20 years. Helping her with the planning and also speaking at the event is Arthur Keeley, minister to connected singles at McGregor Baptist Church in Fort Myers. Kris shared that Arthur is the real impetus behind the event, which they hope will become an annual destination for singles.
Singles will have the opportunity to hear Kris and Arthur as they lead multiple sessions throughout the weekend, focusing on discipleship as well as the retreat’s focal verse, Ecclesiastes 8:15. Each afternoon, retreat participants will have a slate of excursions to choose from so they can relax, make new friends and reconnect with old ones. Singles will enjoy “lunch & learns” on Saturday and Sunday where they will have the opportunity to interact with leaders, speakers and vendors to find out more about specific ministries or businesses.
On May 25-26, starting a day before the conference, is a special session for ministry leaders, where they will be able to find out about the latest trends in singles ministry and get advice, encouragement and resources for successful singles ministry.
Add to all that worship on the beach, under the stars at the beautiful Pink Shell Beach Resort and Marina and you have a weekend that will definitely not disappoint.
“If you want to go somewhere to get rest, make new friends, laugh, enjoy a beautiful location and get equipped and encouraged, this is where you need to be,” Kris said.
If you’re single or have someone close to you who is, check out the retreat’s website—memorialsingles.weebly.com—for all the amazing details, and be sure to register while you’re there.
Nicole Kalil is the Jacksonville-based reporter for the Florida Baptist Witness, the official news source of the Florida Baptist State Convention. She can be reached by phone at 904.596.3169 or via email at nicole.kalil@goFBW.com