Cutting the Strings Available as 2, 3 or 4 Talks

Helping women connect with each other–and with God.

That’s what the Cutting the Strings retreat is designed to do. Sheila will help women relax and laugh at themselves, and then lead them into a deeper time of reflection as she encourages them to surrender to Jesus the things that are holding them back.

Focused on Philippians 3:4-17, the retreat focuses on two main themes: what is means to truly “know Jesus” (verse 10) and how to “forget what lies behind” (verse 14).

Sheila will encourage women to chew on the question, “Do you really believe that God is enough for you?”, and then to understand the very practical and real repercussions the promise of heaven should have on us as we live our lives today, in the here and now.

A very sincere Thank You, yet again.  Your message was very honest, relatable and most of all, godly.  I’ve only heard praise about the retreat and we are so blessed that you were able to be a part of that.  Thank you so much.

Mary Ann Cunningham
Mary Ann CunninghamDirector, Women’s Ministry, Trinity Anglican Church, Sarnia, Ontario
But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,
I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
– Philippians 3:13-14

An Authentic Message–Delivered with Humor

What are the Different Versions of the Cutting the Strings Retreat?

2-Talk Retreat

Saturday all day

Talk 1 focuses on what our life is ultimately built on, culminating in the question, “Is God Enough”?

Based on Philippians 3:4-10

  • We look at why women often feel guilty
  • We laugh about how we judge ourselves on outward appearances
  • Sheila shares her story of rejection, asking “Is God Enough”?

Talk 2 focuses on what it means to forget what lies behind, culminating in the question, can you live for the promise of heaven rather than the things that God gives you here on earth?

Based on Philippians 3:13-14

  • We open with a humorous segment about Pharaoh and the plague of the frogs
  • We ask what it means to forget what lies behind
  • Sheila shares her story of her son dying
  • Sheila points people to heaven

3-Talk Retreat

Friday night; Saturday all day

Talk 1 focuses on the story of the Prodigal Son, and the theme of letting God determine your worth, not other people.

  • It asks the question, “will you let your Father dress  you, or will you refuse because you don’t deserve it?”
  • We’ll look at why the younger son accepted God’s identity for him, while the older son rejected it. This will set us up for the weekend when we ask, can we let God be our centre?

Talk 2 focuses on what our life is ultimately built on, culminating in the question, “Is God Enough”?

Based on Philippians 3:4-10

  • We look at why women often feel guilty
  • We laugh about how we judge ourselves on outward appearances
  • Sheila shares her story of rejection, asking “Is God Enough”?

Talk 3 focuses on what it means to forget what lies behind, culminating in the question, can you live for the promise of heaven rather than the things that God gives you here on earth?

Based on Philippians 3:13-14

  • We open with a humorous segment about Pharaoh and the plague of the frogs
  • We ask what it means to forget what lies behind
  • Sheila shares her story of her son dying
  • Sheila points people to heaven

4-Talk Retreat

Friday night; Saturday all day; Sunday morning

Talk 1 focuses on the story of the Prodigal Son, and the theme of letting God determine your worth, not other people.

  • It asks the question, “will you let your Father dress  you, or will you refuse because you don’t deserve it?”
  • We’ll look at why the younger son accepted God’s identity for him, while the older son rejected it. This will set us up for the weekend when we ask, can we let God be our centre?

Talk 2 focuses on what our life is ultimately built on, culminating in the question, “Is God Enough”?

Based on Philippians 3:4-10

  • We look at why women often feel guilty
  • We laugh about how we judge ourselves on outward appearances
  • Sheila shares her story of rejection, asking “Is God Enough”?

Talk 3 focuses on what it means to forget what lies behind, culminating in the question, can you live for the promise of heaven rather than the things that God gives you here on earth?

Based on Philippians 3:13-14

  • We open with a humorous segment about Pharaoh and the plague of the frogs
  • We ask what it means to forget what lies behind
  • Sheila shares her story of her son dying

Talk 4 points women to heaven

  • We use some inspirational stories from literature, from the news, and from Sheila’s life
  • Sheila asks the question: Does heaven matter to us today? If it did, how would that change how we live?

Please note: for a 4-talk retreat, an optional 5th talk for the Saturday afternoon could be a breakout session with Sheila’s Girl Talk: Straight Talk on Sex & Intimacy, for the married women in the group.

What’s the Feel of the Retreat?

Humor mixed with Interesting Anecdotes and Authentic Stories = Changed Lives!

Monica Spragge

We were all so blessed by the whole weekend and your talks were a big part of that.  I was not going to ask for CD’s of your talks because I already have so many tapes and CD’s.  However I really felt I had to change my mind.  Your talks were so good.  I was a small group leader and I know that you are really keen on small groups.  The questions you asked us to consider reflected that interest.  Thanks very much.

Monica SpraggeSmall Group Leader at AWARE conference, Peterborough, ON

Sheila encourages retreat leaders to allow the women to break up into small groups to discuss the points she’s made.

She has questions that can apply to both of Saturday’s talks, and she finds that women love to chat! When they have a chance to talk and pray together, God does amazing things.

Does Sheila Do Other Retreats?

Sheila loves telling her testimony, which includes her story of rejection and loss as a child and a young adult, and then living through the death of her son.

She finds that this story works very well with the Philippians passage. However, sometimes churches have other “themes” that they want to work with. That’s fine; Sheila is happy to mold the talk to fit with your theme.

In the past, the Cutting the Strings talk has also been used as:

  • Extreme Makeover: Heart edition
  • Blooming in the Desert
  • Laughing Without Fear
  • Exalt Him!

And more.

Women’s Retreat with Sheila Wray Gregoire Connecting with Humor Inspiring with Authenticity

Want more information on booking Sheila for a retreat for your church or denomination?

Just Email Sheila’s assistant Tammy. She’d love to help you!