Ladies from all over Midlothian and the surrounding areas joined together on July 20 and 21 for their first ever women’s conference, The Gathering.

Their mission was focused on Philippians 2:2, "Women coming together in one accord to rejoice, recharge and be released into their purposes and callings."

This Christian program was primarily the brainchild of Krystal Coffman of Harvest Hill Church of Midlothian. She is a member of the home church that was used for the group’s maiden endeavor.

In a mere seven weeks of preparation, Coffman and her team of devoted friends and associates put together a two-day conference that garnered the support of almost 200 attendees, with no particular church support or endorsement. These essential ladies combined their heart, soul, and determination to pull-off the overly successful event.

“The hard work was definitely worth the effort,” Coffman said. The final turnout was a wonderful group of ladies in the community, from various backgrounds and denominations, who represented thirty plus different churches from the area.

The culmination of talent, from primarily the city of Midlothian, featured a worship team of singers and musicians from very diverse Christian backgrounds. The speakers for the event were home-grown Midlothian folks as well. The worship team was also led by Gracy Breslin.

An excellent menu of breakout sessions included classes such as "Counseling hacks you can try at home" by Darlene Hardy, "Finding joy in suffering" by Melissa Tidmore, "Walking with the King" by Keri Lehmann. Also, the purposeful parenting panel incorporated various speakers and the session titled, "Teen Track for Girls" was led by Dena Petty.

The highlighted local speakers were Miriam Evans who presented “Rejoice," Shelbi Garcia who led the session “Recharge” and Wendy Henley spoke in the closing session closing session “Released."

The featured stand-up comic and hostess was Kim Gilson, also of Midlothian. She kept the filled sanctuary entertained and engaged during both days of the conference with her fun dialog and zany antics.

The Gathering event was so well-received that the organizational team has already announced that they will be hosting another conference next year, that will hopefully be even greater and better than their first.