Biblical Living, Church Life, Community

Why a church weekend away?

Church is a family, right? One thing that families do a lot of is spend time together; chilling out, chatting, eating, going for walks, doing other fun stuff. Wouldn’t it be good if we could do all of that (and more) all together one weekend?

Look no further than our upcoming Church Weekend Away! We will be leaving the city behind and heading to the Welsh hills to Cefn Lea, a Christian Conference & Holiday Park near Newtown, Powys. Although we are in the process of planning lots of fun activities, such as a Silent Disco, various team sports and a Pub Quiz, there are also plenty of opportunities to just chill out, either on your own or with others. Cefn Lea is a large area with lots of nooks and crannies and seating areas within the main building, in the chalets and in the grounds. Although we can’t guarantee good weather (this is Wales after all!), we’ve tried to maximise our chances of sunshine by going away for the midsummer weekend of Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd June!

Just in case you’d already heard about our weekend away and dismissed coming along because you thought it would be a staid and boring affair, then check out the song and dance routine that some of the team put together to encourage the lovely people of Jubilee to book in – you can definitely expect more of the same during the weekend!

If you aren’t sure whether you can afford to come, there are lots of different options for accommodation available, from camping to en suite chalets, with all meals provided or self-catered (though we will be providing supper on both evenings). If you would like more information, have a look at the FAQs sheet that is downloadable from our website, then follow the links from there to book. If you still have questions after all of that or would like any further information, or even to get involved in helping with some of the activities, please come and find me on a Sunday morning, or drop me a line; I’m happy to help.

I can absolutely recommend coming – and that’s not just because it’s part of my job to plan it all! Building community and relationships are such important parts of church life and both are things that I’m passionate about. I can personally testify to friendships that have started and been strengthened whilst on a church weekend away, both whilst at Jubilee (with my family along for the ride as well) and at my previous church. I got to know one of my very best friends at a church weekend back in the days when we were both footloose and fancy free, before we were both married and had six children between us! There is something special about spending time in each other’s company (and by that, I mean more than is possible grabbing a quick cuppa together on a Sunday morning) that can accelerate the building of those foundations. I’m no theologian, but when the apostle Luke wrote in Acts 2:42-47 about the Fellowship of Believers (“42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favour of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”) I think one of the reasons that their numbers increased so rapidly was because they were a community in every sense of the word and that is, in part, accomplished by spending time together.

My hope is that even if you are still not convinced that you want to come, or you can’t make that weekend, that you will think about ways in which you can build community and relationships within Jubilee, be it by joining a Small Group, having someone round for tea or going to one of the 18-30s Socials that Dan & Esther are running this term. We all have different levels of resource available to us, but also trusting God to expand your horizons and use you wherever you’re at is key – something I know first-hand as (believe it or not) an introvert!

Faith Miller

 

Faith is the Communications & Planning Officer for Jubilee Church Coventry, which means it’s her job to make sure that those who want to know what’s going on at Jubilee, as well as writing about and planning cool stuff.

 

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