A weekend of Christian companionship, fun, spiritual talks and a chance to get to know each other and our Ministry Team better. Everyone in our church is invited.
Accommodation is all in excellent, ensuite rooms and the standards are very high. All meals are included; from dinner on Friday evening through to afternoon tea on Sunday afternoon. The cost is £149 per adult with children 5 years old and under free and 6 - 16 yr olds at half price. If the cost is a problem please discuss on a confidential basis with the organiser as there are bursaries to assist available.
The original mansion was donated to the Christian charity that now runs it by the former Mr Barclay who founded the Bank of the same name. It is a really special Christian place.
The weekend will start on Friday afternoon/evening on 14th October and will finish after lunch on Sunday 16th October. The house and grounds are very family friendly with good facilities for children and teenagers who effectively have a suite of rooms for their specific use. It is also relatively local, within an hours drive.
The format of the weekend encourages social interaction and fun in the evenings with a first class speaker on Saturday morning who will lead us in some challenging and thought provoking talks. The speaker will be Canon David White - formerly Diocesan Missioner for Cornwall, and currently vicar of St Andrews, Chorleywood but who is retiring this spring to focus on teaching and writing.
Simon Ponsonby, who many of us have heard either live at Spring Harvest or on his recorded DVD, says this about David White: "Might I recommend this dear friend and amazing preacher. He is the best preacher in Britain and a man who walks closer to God than any I know." There cannot be a finer recommendation than this. Please make your reservation now and hold the date free.
A separate programme for children will be designed to suit the age groups that come. All meals from Friday dinner through to Sunday lunch are included and also a drinks reception on the Saturday evening.
Friday - 14th October
4:00 pm onwards - Arrive at House and register
6:00 pm - Tour of House and Facilities
7:00 pm - Dinner
8:00 - 9:30 pm - Social Evening
9:30 - 10:00 pm - Reflection and Prayers
9:15 - 10:45 pm House Bar open
10:00 - 11:30 pm (approx.) - Late Night Film
Saturday Morning - 15th October
7:45 am - Early Risers - Short walk with readings in the grounds
8:30 am - Breakfast
9:30 am - Conference sessions with other activities for younger people
10:45 am - Coffee break
11:15 am - Conference resumes
1:00 pm - Lunch
Saturday Afternoon - Free Time
We will be arranging some activities to include Croquet and possibly a quiz for those who would like to stay in the House and grounds. For those who would like a local trip, the Museum at St Albans about Roman Verulamium is really interesting. St Albans also has an excellent Abbey and some great antique shops.
3:30 - 4:00 pm - Afternoon tea is served for those staying in the house
5:00 pm - There will a get together for a drink in the local pub prior to dinner