The St John’s Weekend Away is from 5th to 7th October 2018. We’d love you to join us!
What’s it all about?
St John’s Weekend Away is a fantastic opportunity to make and strengthen friendships, to relax together and to come to know God better. Whether you are young or old, a newcomer or old-timer, regular or occasional in your attendance of St John’s we would love to have you along. In the past many have found that the weekend away has been a tremendous help in really feeling part of the church family.
What will we be studying?
This year we are delighted to welcome Andrew Latimer, Senior Pastor of Grace Church Greenwich and former member of St John’s, who will be speaking on the Book of Ecclesiastes.
Why look at Ecclesiastes? We live in a world which is afraid of asking the big questions of life for fear that they’ll leave us depressed. We opt instead for busyness and distraction. The book of Ecclesiastes is just the antidote we need. It asks the most uncomfortable questions and dismisses all easy and glib answers. Yet the purpose of this uncomfortable journey is to lead us onto firmer ground where we can find joy even in the midst of a broken world.
Where are we going?
Nestled in beautiful Buckinghamshire countryside on the outskirts of London, Denham Grove is a hotel near Uxbridge with easy access to major roads and train lines. It’s a great place to relax with an indoor pool, sauna, jacuzzi, steam room and mini-gym. There are also a number of local attractions nearby and some Saturday afternoon activity options will be available. Every meal will be cooked for us by the hotel staff, freeing us up to spend more time with each other.
What about children?
There will be a separate programme of activities for children during the main sessions, allowing both children and parents to make the most of the weekend. Some family bedrooms are available, as well as some interconnecting family rooms, on a first come, first served basis. Cots are available. If you would be willing to help with one of the sessions during the weekend, please indicate this on the application form.
How much is it?
The cost of the weekend away is set out below. We hope that the charges will seem reasonable to many (for two nights away in a hotel with full board) but we recognise that there are many in different circumstances in the church and we do not want cost to be a barrier to anyone coming to the weekend. If you do not feel able to pay the full price for any reason at all, please either indicate on the form or speak in confidence to one of the staff team. If you feel able to pay more than the cost above to support others to come, please also indicate this on the form.
Single room – £190 per person
Double room (single beds) – £150 per person
Double room (double bed) – £150 per person
Children (aged 4-14) – £45 per child
Children (under 4) – free
WHEN ANd How do I pay?
We are asking that you pay an initial deposit of £50 per adult when you book, and the full amount by 5th September 2018.
Please pay, if possible, by bank transfer to the following account:
Account name: St John’s Downshire Hill
Sort code: 20-36-16
Account number: 33945391
Reference: Weekend Away 2018
Payments by cash or cheque (made out to ‘St John’s Downshire Hill’) should be placed in an envelope marked ‘Weekend Away’ and put into the ‘Donations’ box at the back of church. Please make sure that the envelope is clearly marked with your name!
Can I come for just part of the weekend?
We do hope as many as possible will be able to join us for the whole weekend. However, if you are only able to come for either Saturday or Sunday, we would love you to be there. The day rate cost, which also includes refreshments during the day, is as follows:
Saturday and/or Sunday lunch only – adults £40, children (ages 4-14) £15 per person per day
Saturday lunch and dinner – adults £55, children (ages 4-14) £20 per person per day
Saturday and/or Sunday with no meals – adults £15, children £5 per person per day
Please indicate on the form when you will be attending. As above, if for any reason you do not feel able to pay the full amount, please indicate this on the form or speak in confidence to one of the staff team.
To sign up for the weekend, please fill out the form here.
If you would like to know more, or still have some questions, do be in touch with the church office – [email protected]