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You're warmly invited to our
Church Family Away Day...
It's a day for everyone and every age.

We're gathering as one Church Family, exploring what a flourishing life
which is engaged with God looks like.

sunday 30th september
10.00am - 3.30pm
king Edward's School, Witley, GU8 5SG

There'll be great activities for the whole family; from thought-provoking speakers and seminars, craft and chat with Messy Vintage, a drum workshop with a specialist drummer from the West End, giant sumo suits and a praise're sure to find something that appeals.

but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
— Isaiah 40:31

Our speakers and seminar leaders have important stories to share about the faithfulness of God as we engage with Him in our lives.

There will be plenty of space for listening, discussion, getting to know others in the BHC family, asking questions and learning about flourishing at work, within ourselves, healing of the past and deeper discipleship.

On the day itself, registration opens from 9.15am and the Away Day will open with worship and an introduction from Simon based on Isaiah 40:31 on the theme of flourishing hope and engaging with God.
We'll also have keynote interviews on this subject with George Newton and Ed Olsworth-Peter.
There will be an unstaffed creche available with audio playback at this first part of the day.

Following the keynote session we'll take a coffee break then go off to our selected morning sessions plus there'll be a full programme for children and young people 4-18 years during this time. 

We then get back together for a great lunch (provided) and social time together before we head off to our afternoon Seminars or activities. Families will have the opportunity to spend these afternoon seminars together.

The day will close with a summary of where we are going as a Church, going deeper with God. There will be a special closing moment that all will want to be there for.


OUR Speakers...

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Ven. Paul Davies is the new Archdeacon of Surrey. He brings experience of ministering in urban, deprived and complex settings. He has a story of leading Christians into greater confidence in Christ so that they can play their part in bringing hope to whole communities.
Seminar: From Urban Wales to Suburban Surrey: Lessons for a life centred on Christ
Paul has worked in some incredible contexts including being chaplain to the RNLI. He has written on how a church which had become tired was revived by the love of Christ. He offers a chance to explore how this brings lessons in devotion, change and belief in God's possibilities.

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Rev. Elizabeth Knifton is well-known and loved at BHC. Elizabeth brings a wealth of experience of the healing of Christ through the Holy Spirit. Elizabeth is on the staff of the Acorn Christian Healing Foundation.
Seminar: Holy Spirit you are welcome here
If you are intrigued by the present day ministry of the Holy Spirit then Elizabeth is the person to see. A recent training day at BHC led by Elizabeth on Christian healing was a 'sell-out'. This is your opportunity to listen, discuss and take part in exploring the work of the Holy Spirit in a relaxed, humorous and safe environment.

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Rev. George Newton has been vicar of Holy Trinity Aldershot for fifteen years. His story is about long term faithfulness to the Lord leading to the forging of deep roots in the local community; with Christians seeing the Holy Spirit at work and growing in their own belief.
George will be taking part in the morning keynote session in the Chapel

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Rev. Ed Olsworth-Peter has many years’ experience of innovating new and creative ways of being church. He has been a West End Theatre Chaplain, co-led an arts based Fresh Expression of Church, was an Incumbent in S.E. London before being Fresh Expressions Adviser for the Diocese of Ely. He is now National Adviser for Pioneer Development for the Church of England. Ed will be taking part in the Q&A in the morning keynote session in the chapel.
Ed will be taking part in the Q & A in the morning keynote session in the Chapel.


other session information...

Simon Taylor will be running a morning session entitled A Valuable Life | True Grit.
This is for anyone who wants to explore a flourishing life in the midst of complex and changing lives and circumstances. We'll look at why people can have a sense of worthlessness, how the Holy Spirit is the healer of the past as well as the present and discover that every Christian has unresolved questions of life and faith.

Peter Shaw will be holding a morning session: more information to follow

Sing it Out with Lisa Olsworth-Peter: more information to follow

Drumming Workshop: more information to follow

Messy Vintage - you've no doubt heard of 'Messy Church,' a well known ‘new’ way of doing church in creative and engaging ways. Now there is also ‘Messy Vintage’ aimed at enabling older persons to meet other people, do something creative together, share in Bible-stories, and celebrate through songs, prayer and reflection. It’s not just for older people though – the concept of Messy Vintage is inter-generational and that it is great fun for people of all ages! If you think this is a ministry area you might like to get involved in, then do come along to this taster session to find out a bit more.

Please fill in the form below for each adult
Or under 18 attending the church family away day

(if you have more than one form to fill out, after you press the 'submit' button,
refresh the page and then fill in the form for the next family member).


Name *
This booking is for *
The Morning Session (45 minutes) *
Please choose one of the following options
The Afternoon Session (1 hour, 10 minutes) *
Please choose one of the following options (children are joining in with the afternoon activities with their families - no need to re-register them. They will need to be with a designated adult in whatever seminar they attend)
Payment *
The suggested donation for the Church Family Away Day is £10 per adult and £7.50 per child. Payment can be made online to sort code 60-09-04, account 72938560 and a reference of 'Away Day + your surname' (please note: this is a different account from the one you use for your confidential regular giving to BHC) OR you can drop your donation off at the Old Rectory. If you would prefer not to donate/you're unable to donate, please don't let that stop you from coming along... WE WANT YOU THERE
If you are making a donation...
please select which of the following applies to you:
Volunteering *
You'll feel even more part of the Church Family if you join in with volunteering. You won't miss out on much of the day - you'll only be allocated to one area of volunteering! - select any areas you could help out in and we'll let you know details of what you'll be doing closer to the time.
Food Choices *
I will need disabled access on the day *

If you have any questions about the Church Family Away Day
please contact Karen Kinder at the Old Rectory Ph 01483 421267


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