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Once upon a time (as all good stories begin)...

A group of women gathered together in a church office in the middle of Richmond. Some had been friends for decades, some were from opposite sides of the city and had never once crossed paths. Some came straight from work or church, others from running errands around town, others from home where their families were just sitting down to dinner. They chatted about lipstick shades and where they bought their cool new shoes (as we women do) and they started to get to know each other.

An idea had been born in the hearts of a few, and the time had come to share the vision and build a team. They talked about this city-- its struggles, its successes-- and they laughed about how different each area of town was. They wrote down dreams and wondered what it might look like to do something brand new together.

Out of that small gathering of women, The Beyond Weekend was born.

We started as strangers, but as we worshipped, shared stories, brainstormed, prayed, and worked, we became a team. We became friends.

We don’t all look alike. None of our stories are the same. We all have different jobs, different kinds of families, different talents and interests and hopes. We represent different areas of RVA, different churches, different ages and stages of life.

But we all have something in common: we love each other, we love this city, we love the women who are building lives here, and we love the Lord.

Out of that love, this whole weekend was born. We’re excited to see this gathering come to life. We can’t wait to welcome you into all that we’ve been working on and dreaming about for months. We can’t wait to expand this team, bring women together, and do something brand new in our city. We can’t wait to worship alongside of you, to pray with you, to hear your stories and share some of our own. We can’t wait to get to know you better and together get to know God better, too.

This story is just getting started.

We are thrilled to invite you to be part of it. There’s room for you here with us.

We’ll see you at Beyond!

— Shannon Moody, Nicole Unice, Jeanne Oostdyk, Laura Shibut, Erin Rose, Lauren White & Rachel Dawson