The fifth Solent Women’s Conference (SWC) took place earlier this year. Carol Dyer helped to organise it and sent us this report of the day.
It was a delight to welcome around 180 ladies from South Hampshire and the surrounding areas to our 2018 conference.
This time around it was titled ‘Deliberately Distinctive’ and Clare Heath-Whyte, from south London, opened up the book of Daniel. We considered what it is like to live as a Christian in a hostile world and how difficult it can be to stand firm for Christ in the midst of the daily pressures we face as Christian women with our colleagues, family and friends.
We considered together the challenges that Daniel faced and how he ‘stood firm’ - even in the face of hungry lions!
Throughout the day we were led in worship by our music group, praising God and singing Bible truths. After a time of fellowship and an opportunity to strengthen friendships and meet new friends over lunch we had the pleasure of hearing a personal testimony from AnMarie Channer when she shared with us her story. We heard how God has used her and continues to do so in the work that she does as an ‘end of life’ nurse.
AnMarie spoke about what it is to live as an ‘ordinary’ person in a ‘hostile’ world and how God can use little things that we do as a witness for him. This testimony was both helpful to hear and many of us, if not all, were able to identify with her and relate her experience to our own.
We rounded up the afternoon with practical discussion groups, which gave us the opportunity to discuss and reflect on what we had learnt throughout the day. It was also a great privilege to pray with each other before we all went our separate ways.
Compassion.uk were also at our event and they helpfully shared with us about the work they are involved in. As a result about eight children from their charity were sponsored by our lovely, generous ladies. We also had some fantastic, and entertaining, book reviews from 10ofThose who had provided a great variety for us to purchase.
I personally found the day both helpful and encouraging and I know that others did too. It was lovely to see so many women all meeting together, learning from God’s word and worshipping him. We have much to praise God for.
We already have our next conference booked for Saturday 14 March 2020 when Lizzy Smallwood will be our speaker.
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