Church weekend, February 2018

The theme for the weekend
Many of us gathered in February 2018 for our church weekend, ‘Longing for Light’. We chose this theme after we’d just sung the song ‘Longing for light, we wait in darkness. Longing for truth, we turn to you. Make us your own, your holy people, light for the world to see.’ It seemed like a good goal for us to set  as we look forward into the coming year.
 
To help  make the most of the weekend we’ve provided some ideas for preparation for discussions . As the books of Luke and Acts go together and tell of the appearance of the Light, it’s impact on the Jews, and the emergence of the Church, we are using these as background.  Of course we’re not suggesting you settle down and read the whole of them! (unless you’ve got a lot of time on your hands) but we’ve provided some resources and ideas for you to explore particular parts of the story.
  • We focused on  Luke 1- 3, or Luke 24 and Acts 2 andActs 9 which are all particularly about light, looking for light, and light appearing: the theme of our weekend

Practical Information

  • Accommodation was full board; every meal will be provided by the Hall.
  • There are 47 bedrooms, 17 of which are en-suite. There are lots of bathrooms/shower rooms for bedrooms without en-suites .
  • A 24 x 7 tea/coffee/squash station was provided.
  • The Hall has several large meeting rooms equipped with good facilities such as projectors/screens, a keyboard and piano.
  • We had use of the heated swimming pool on the Saturday of the weekend. (Sunday, by arrangement with an additional cost.)
  • There were very good facilities for young children – a large, well-equipped creche and outdoor play area.
  • The Hall had a games room with table tennis and pool tables, as well as outside tennis courts and football area.
  • There was a small shop on site selling soft drinks, sweets, snacks and a few gift items.

The weekend cost £110 per adult or about £120 in you would prefer an en-suite (although not guaranteed if everyone chooses this option!). Children 0 – 3 went free and 4 – 9 were £35 each.

The car journey to the Hall took about 1 hour 20 minutes. There was also opportunity to come as a day visitor – £25 per person, if you can’t come for the full weekend.