Life Lessons from Mayberry

Mayberry_LogoLife Lessons From Mayberry: It’s All There in Black & White
September 24, 2013 – September 26, 2013

A celebration of The Andy Griffith Show and the biblical truths and life applications found in the beloved TV classic. Life Lessons From Mayberry immediately precedes Mayberry Days in Mt. Airy, North Carolina.

Fun-filled Bible study based on some of your favorite episodes
Soul-stirring preaching and worship
Toe-tapping bluegrass music
Good, old-fashioned country cooking
Lodging nestled in a beautiful mountain setting

Discover a Mayberry State of Mind
We’d all like to live in Mayberry, wouldn’t we? We yearn for its slow pace and easy-going charm. We admire the loyal friendships and relish its true southern hospitality. We appreciate the joy its citizens find in life’s innocent pleasures. And we respect the fact that in the end, people in Mayberry just treat each other right.

Sadly, we can’t live in a fictional town. But we sophisticated residents of 2013 can learn a thing or two from our 1960’s-black-and-white-sitcom friends. Because when we fast-forward 53 years, we see that human nature hasn’t changed. We still deal with some of the same daily challenges. We still struggle with personal shortcomings. We still have imperfect relationships. We still want our faith to be stronger.

For three days, we’ll take you back to Mayberry. Yes, we’ll laugh and sing and enjoy sweet fellowship. But the genius of The Andy Griffith Show is that the essential life lessons it offers us are amazingly tied to God’s Word. Come discover practical biblical truths that can help us better become the people God wants us to be.


  • $390 Per Person: Dual Occupancy Hotel
    3 Nights Dual Occupancy Hotel, Conference Program Fee, 9 of 11 Meals, Bus Charter
  • $540 Per Person: Single Occupancy Hotel
    3 Nights Single Occupancy Hotel, Conference Program Fee, 9 of 11 Meals, Bus Charter
  • Additional Cost: Two Meals & Souvenirs
    Mon Night Dinner in Savannah + Thurs Night Dinner at Cracker Barrel + Souvenirs
  • Brochures with Trip & Conference Itinerary,
  • Reservation Info & Payment Due Dates are Available

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Breakout Sessions

Aunt Bee’s Medicine Man
Aunt Bee has a bad case of the blues. Always easily charmed, she falls prey to a captivating salesman who plays on her insecurities and promises her a miracle cure for what ails her. We’d do well to learn from this episode that while deception is everywhere, only Jesus is the cure for what ails us: “I have come that they may have life and have it to the full” (John 10:10).

Bailey’s Bad Boy
Brash and spoiled rotten, 19-year-old Ron Bailey was on his way to being bent just like his mogul father. That is, until he got to Mayberry and met Andy Taylor, in whom he saw, not so much the hardened lawman, but rather the loving and disciplined father he yearned for. This coming-of-age episode looks at the command to live with integrity.

A Feud Is a Feud
We can laugh at this episode–and yet the truth of the matter is that we’ve all had ill feelings towards somebody. Sometimes, we don’t know even know what caused the rift, or whatever it was is not imprtant anymore. But the bitterness that it brings can destroy our lives and our testimony if we allow it to. You’ll like this Season one episode–Andy’s drawl is s-l-o-w as molasses and Opie was never cuter.

The Haunted House
Disclaimer: Although the title might suggest otherwise, this episode is not about spooks. Rather it offers great lessons on fear—reminding us that “God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind” and that you can’t believe everything you see or hear. Barney and Gomer are at their worst—and that makes it fun for us!

Rafe Hollister Sings
The actors in this episode are comically exaggerating, of couse, but it’s easy for us to understand their prejudice against farmer Rafe Hollister because we often suffer from the same problem. But what if, intead of judging a person by their appearance, we immediately defaulted to discovering and appreciating their gifts? Jesus made it a practice to get past the external. And so should we.


A Few Things You Need to Know

• Our schedule for these three days is jam-packed (but fun!) because we want to give you a lot of value for your money.

• During the event you will have five opportunities to attend breakout sessions (episodes).

• Dinners are served family-style and menus are southern comfort foods, much like Aunt Bee would have cooked. (Did you ever know her to go low fat?) There will be a salad bar if you prefer leaner selections. Wednesday is boxed picnic-type food.

• You are invited to participate in the Mayberry Volunteer Choir, which will sing in our worship services. Several brief and fun rehearsals will be held during the event. You don’t have to be an accomplished singer; you just have to enjoy music. Please plan to join in!

• The campus is hilly, and mornings and evenings can be chilly. Bring comfortable shoes and a jacket.

• You will need to check out of your hotel room on Thursday morning, September 26th, before you attend the last breakout session. Please allow time for this before or after breakfast. This is so that the housekeeping staff will have time to turn the rooms for guests arriving that night.

• Some Mayberry-related items will be for sale in the LifeWay Christian Store on the Ridgecrest campus.

Ridgcrest Trip Community Promo Handout – July 2013
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