Nest Builders

Foster and Adoption Ministry

About Nest Builders

Through our Nest Builders ministry, the Lynn Haven United Methodist Church reaches out to foster and adoptive parents with the goal of surrounding these special families with hands-on love and encouragement.

The Nesting Place Retreat is an annual event coordinated under the umbrella of our Nest Builders ministry. This retreat is a place for adoptive, foster and prospective adoptive/foster Mothers to be renewed and refreshed through speaker messages, breakout sessions, worship, a question and answer panel and conversations with other Moms. The first Nesting Place Retreat was held in 2017 and the event continues to grow each year. 

As a ministry, the ultimate goal of Nest Builders is to provide wrap-around care for families who are caring for children from hard places. Teams of six to eight people will be matched with a foster or adoptive family in need of support. Those team members will provide care and support such as meals, mentoring, clothes donations, and babysitting.


2019 Nesting Place Retreat

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The 2019 Nesting Place will be held at Woodlawn United Methodist Church in beautiful Panama City Beach. We hope you’ll join us for this wonderful weekend!

When: November 8-9, 2019 (5:30-9 pm Friday, 8:30am-3pm Saturday).

Location: Woodlawn United Methodist Church, 219 N. Alf Coleman Rd., Panama City Beach, FL 32407

Who: Adoptive, Foster and Prospective adoptive/foster Moms

Details: Come and be renewed at a spiritual retreat for adoptive and foster Moms. This year’s theme is “Building a  Firm Foundation.”  Keynote Speaker is Kelly Needham.

Cost: Free in 2019, thanks to the generosity of Lynn Haven United Methodist Church.

What about my kids? Free childcare for children up to fifth grade is available for the first 50 children signed up. To allow for a true retreat atmosphere, no infants or children allowed in the retreat sessions.

Vendors: If you would like to be a vendor at the retreat, please contact Katie Fanning at Vendors are accepted on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of event organizers.


The Nesting Place Retreat
2019 Schedule                                   

Friday, November 8:
5:30pm- Registration and dinner
6:30pm- Session 1
8:00pm- Chocolate Buffet Break
8:15pm- Question and Answer Panel
9:00pm- Go get some rest

Saturday,  November 9:
8:30am- Breakfast
9:00am- Session 2
10:15am- Break
10:30am- Breakout session 1
11:30am- Lunch
12:30-1:30pm- Breakout session 2 
2:00-3:00pm- Session 3

Questions? If you have any questions about this event, please contact Katie Fanning at

Photos from Past Retreats