Founded in 1997, Word Weavers International is dedicated to providing a forum for Christian writers to critique one another's work in a face-to-face format, whether in a traditional chapter or in Word Weavers' unique online "pages," so as to improve craft. Writers of all levels are welcome.


Each October, Word Weavers International holds an annual event, Florida Christian Writers Conference, for writers at every level. FCWC is held at Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center, which is nestled in the splendor and majesty of a large cluster of live oaks and a wide sparkling lake to bring not only writing instruction but spiritual refreshing. Word Weavers provides scholarships to members and nonmembers alike.


By holding monthly meetings, providing constant contact through news blasts and our newsletter, and by use of social media means, Word Weavers offers its writers a sense of community. Word Weavers is highly recognized within our industry, its members respected for their professionalism and work.

The mission of Word Weavers International is to help members find their unique voice, strive for the exceptional and not settle for the mundane, and to raise the quality of our members’ writing to a publishable level. We endeavor to fulfill our mission and vision by:


 Actively praying for one another’s successes

 Holding regularly-scheduled critique sessions

 Offering annual conferences for in-depth learning and networking

 Providing scholarship funds to conferences to our members

 Sharing information about writing opportunities, conferences, and contests through our newsletter, The Loom

 Offering smaller, genre-specific critique groups in addition to the general critique sessions when possible

 Helping connect members with editors, agents, and other publishing professionals

 Providing guest speakers at meetings, retreats, and workshops

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Easter Sunrise in the Ville and On the Beach

4/14/2021 9:00:00 AM BY Tammy Karasek



Easter Sunrise in the Ville and On the Beach

By Melissa Henderson


Easter Sunrise Services are observed in different locations across the globe. When we lived in Mechanicsville, Virginia, my husband Alan and I attended sunrise services at an historic park. As we left home in the dark on Easter morning to head for the park, we made sure to be warmly dressed. Early morning temperatures and possible frost were part of the experience. With hats, gloves, coats, and blankets, once we arrived at the park, we found a place to position our camping chairs.

Organizers of the service offered hot chocolate and donuts for a treat after service.

Worshippers gathered under the swaying pine trees, listening to the strums of a guitar and the gentle voice of a singer sharing old hymns and new melodies. Songs to prepare us for the message.

As the preacher shared Scripture reminding us of the life of Jesus, the crucifixion, and the day He rose from the tomb, there was a pause. Sunlight began streaming through the branches. In the distance, a lone cow could be heard, perhaps calling to a calf. 

Pausing and listening to the Word of God helped us remember and acknowledge the importance of the sacrifice made for us. God gave His only son Jesus.

That was our Virginia experience.

In the Lowcountry of South Carolina, the message of Easter is the same. Yet, the worship is different due to the location. On Easter Sunday morning in the Lowcountry, Alan and I prepare for the day. We rise and get our “beach shoes” ready. Sunrise service is held on the beach. Several local churches come together in a joint service. Arriving, finding a parking space across the street, we gather our belongings and head for the sand. Camping chairs, beach towels, and bottled water. No gloves, hats or blankets needed to keep us warm.

The sun begins to rise as the message of the Resurrection is shared. Live music is enjoyed by everyone attending. 

Once again, for a few minutes, we are quiet as we pause and marvel at the glorious sunshine rising over the ocean. Waves glistening as the sun bounces off of the ocean makes our eyes squeeze together. The only sounds we hear are waves crashing against the shore. Perhaps a few seagulls calling out. God’s creations are blessing our senses.

These are Easter moments. No matter where you live, or how you worship on Easter Sunday, there is comfort found in remembering God is with us. For Easter 2021, we may not be able to worship together due to COVID. If we are not at the park or on the beach worshipping with others, we can share Easter sunrise service with the Lord.

Whether there is a blanket to keep you warm or there is sand between your toes, God is there. He Is Risen! He is Risen Indeed! Amen.



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