“God at work in us” — Women’s Spring Retreat (April 19-21)

 on January 1, 2024


This spring’s women’s retreat will be back at Camp Pringle, from April 19 to April 21, with the Most Reverend Archbishop Linda Nichols as facilitator and the Reverend Lynn Mills as spiritual director.

Linda delights in opportunities to exercise her gifts as a teacher in leading retreats and conferences. We are thrilled to have her come to our diocese to share her thoughts about “God at work in us.”

She was installed as Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada on July 16, 2019, and one of her strategic commitments was the renewal of the healing ministry in congregational life.


God at work in us is reflected in the doxology in Ephesians: “Glory to God whose power in us can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine. Philippians 2: 12-15 explains how Christians ought to live, considering all that Christ was willing to do for them. The command to “work out” salvation is a directive to let the new birth in Christ translate into actions. As a part of this, believers should serve God without griping or complaining. You must work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. Others will emphasize the other side of the sentence. God is the one who is at work in you, enabling you both to work for His good pleasure. Therefore, you do not do any work because God is doing the work.

This spring’s retreat is certain to be sold out, so it is recommended to get your registration in very quickly.

God is most certainly at work with the women’s retreat planning team — led by Brenda Dhaene and consisting of members from all over the diocese of varying ages and backgrounds. Each lends their individual gifts of the Holy Spirit to make the retreat an enjoyable experience for everyone. This spring, the retreat group has enlisted the help of David Buckman, the treasurer at St John the Divine in Victoria, to look after our finances.

Nothing we do is possible without God at work in us. For more information on the retreat, please email Brenda Dhaene at [email protected] or visit the diocesan website at: https://bc.anglican.ca/news/womens-spring-retreat.



  • Trish Vollmann Stock

    Trish serves as a deacon in Duncan and the Cowichan Valley. She loves to write poetry and be outdoors walking. She can be seen on Sundays at St John the Baptist Anglican Church, where she loves to share stories, laughter and caring with the parish.

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