Clergy spouses spend weekend learning what's in spiritual bag


While many spent the weekend of Jan. 25-26 under a winter weather advisory, some 23 clergy spouses gathered for a time of renewal and relaxation.

The New Albany District hosted the annual event held at Wood Institute in Mathiston. This year’s theme was entitled “What’s in the Bag?” Purses and handbags decorated Miller Hall from the lobby to each dorm room. Table decorations included purses filled with potted plants, which later became door prizes. 

To get acquainted, each clergy spouse introduced herself and then selected a unique item from her purse. The person with the most unusual item received a prize. Afterwards, the group watched a DVD by Christian comedienne Anita Renfroe. They had scavenger hunt during intermission, and then ate the Rev. Ron Barham’s scuppernong cobbler.

A brief business meeting and another purse game started the second day. Sally Beam gave the morning devotional entitled “What’s in Your Purse?” 

Weekend participants then entered into a lively discussion based upon written questions from the previous night. This session provided clergy spouses an opportunity to learn from each other. 

For the craft project, each individual combined ingredients from a given recipe to create a “Clergy Spouse Friendship Brownie Jar.”