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LAMB Mission Partnership Weekend Away

We’re looking forward to our four churches getting together for a weekend away on Friday 13th – Sunday 15th April 2018.

Why a weekend away?
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.  Acts 2:42

The New Testament is big on Gospel partnership. There’s even a special New Testament word for it: koinonia. There it is in Acts 2:42. It’s sometimes translated ‘fellowship’. It points us to the very special unity that Christians can enjoy, with God and with each other. It’s not unity for unity’s sake but unity in Christ, unity in Gospel truth. One of the aims of our weekend away will be to help build Gospel partnership across the people of the four churches. Simply getting to know each other better is part of building that Gospel partnership.

Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’ Matthew 18:18-20

A further aim of the weekend is to encourage us to live out the Great Commission. Plans are underway for a 4 churches mission week in July 2018. I am delighted that Paul Woodbridge can be with us for the weekend to help us think Biblically about outreach and evangelism. This will not only equip us for the week of mission events but also for doing mission every day as individuals, as churches and as 4 churches working together in Gospel partnership.

Whether you have been on a church weekend away before or not, do come along if you possibly can. These weekends are very special times and provide a great opportunity for people of all ages to relax, recharge and get to know each other a bit better.

Terry Clark

Our guest Bible teacher

Paul WoodbridgePaul Woodbridge will be leading our teaching over the weekend. Many of you will remember Paul from our mission with Oak Hill back in 2013.  Paul is Director of College Placements, Mission Coordinator, New Testament and Theological Reflection at Oak Hill Theological College in London.  We’re delighted that he is able to join us for the weekend.

Where we are going
ClovCloverley Hallerley Hall, near Whitchurch in Shropshire, is set in extensive grounds, so there are lots of places to sit in the spring sun!  It also has a range of sporting facilities including an indoor games room with table tennis tables, pool table and table football, 2 tennis courts, putting course and five-a-side football pitch….and an indoor heated swimming pool!!  There is also an equipped creche for under 5s.
What we will be doing
All activities through the weekend are optional.  There will probably be 4 sessions during the weekend which Paul will lead.  During those we will have separate activities for children and young people.  On Saturday afternoon there will be free time, with some organised activities and workshops which you can join in with if you would like to.
Food
The food at Cloverley Hall is all prepared and cooked on the premises, and has a good reputation.  On the Friday evening there will be a buffet style supper.  Lunch and tea on Saturday and lunch on Sunday are both two course meals.  Special diets can be accommodated as long as we tell them in advance, so please make any requirements clear on the booking form.
Accommodation
Cloverley Hall offers a range of accommodation options from family rooms to single rooms, ground floor rooms (3 rooms – 1 twin and 2 singles) and en-suite rooms (17).  We will always do our best to put you in the type of room requested, but sometimes we will not be able to do that.  If there is a medical or other specific reason why you must have a particular type of room then please make sure that you let Beccy Clark know.

There are also 5 caravan pitches, with a possible 3 additional spaces if needed.

Cost
The cost of the weekend includes full board accommodation from Friday evening through to Sunday lunch, but does not include transport there and back.  The per person prices are:

Are you able to give £10 or £20 into a subsidy fund to help anyone who is prohibited from coming because of the cost? Funds from this will be allocated at the discretion of the Mission Partnership Steering Group. If cost prohibits you from attending the church weekend, please have a word with one of the clergy or Churchwardens.

How do I book?

To book your place(s), please use the booking form below, or you can return one of the printed booking forms available in each church and return it to Deane Church Office, along with your deposit.

Each church has been allocated 30 places, on a first come –first served basis.  Those places will be held until Monday 8th January 2018.  Once those places have been filled other bookings from that church will be placed on a waiting list.  After the 8th January all remaining places will be released to those on the waiting list.  So, please get your bookings in early!

Payment

If you would like to pay online then complete the booking form below.  You will then receive a confirmation email that your booking has been made.  Follow the link in that email to the payment page.  There is a £1.50 fee to pay online.  We will add that to your final invoice if you choose to pay online, so you don’t need to add it on now.  That is just because we have to pay a fee for the online payments to be processed.

If you would like to book online, but not pay online, then just complete the booking form below, and then send your deposit to us by cash or cheque (cheques payable to ‘Deane PCC’).

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