Weekend Away 2020
Friday 12th to Sunday 14th June 2020 at Belsey Bridge, near Bungay, Suffolk, NR35 2DZ
Our theme is ‘Sharing God’s Love: Come and See’ and our speaker is Roger Morris, Bishop of Colchester. Come and enjoy a weekend of friendship, learning together and fun for all the family. The weekend offers comfortable accommodation (including many en-suite rooms and delicious fully catered meals from Friday dinner to Sunday afternoon tea. There will be a crèche and activities for under 11s and 11-17 year olds. Cost £140-£170 per person full board, day rates available, under 18s FREE.
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What is it?
Our Weekend Away is a great opportunity for people of all ages and from all churches in the team to meet together in a relaxed setting. Whether you are relatively new to the church or an established member you will be able to enjoy getting to know others better.
Alongside the main programme, we are running a youth programme for secondary age children and a children’s programme for the under 11s. We will all join together for our Sunday worship.
The weekend starts with dinner at about 7.30pm on the Friday night and finishes with afternoon tea at about 3.30pm on the Sunday.
What people said about the 2018 Weekend Away.
Roger Morris - Area Bishop of Colchester. Roger became Area Bishop in 2014. He was Archdeacon of Worcester before coming to Chelmsford. Find out more about Bishop Roger here.
Where is it?
Belsey Bridge Conference Centre, Ditchingham, Bungay, NR35 2DZ, which is owned and managed by the Christian Conference Trust. It is located on the Norfolk Suffolk border about 1½ hours’ drive from Saffron Walden. It is set in 20 acres of grounds. It is well known for its excellent quality of food and provides for special diets. Find out more about Belsey Bridge here.
Accommodation and facilities
It offers single, twin, double, family and disabled rooms, the majority being en-suite.
Facilities include comfortable lounge areas, bar, sports facilities including an outdoor swimming pool, children’s play area, free Wi-Fi.
Provisional Outline Programme.
Friday evening: Arrival and registration is from 5pm onwards giving you time to settle in your room before dinner at about 7.30pm. Opening worship will be followed by an informal social evening.
Saturday: In the morning, Bishop Roger will speak. The children’s and youth programme will run throughout the morning. The afternoon will be free for walks, games, sport, exploring the local area – with others or just doing your own thing. In the evening, there will be a social event for all ages and the day will end, for those who wish to come, with hopefully a campfire followed by night prayer.
Sunday: After an early morning act of worship and breakfast, there will be a variety of workshops for adults and children working towards contributions to the Sunday communion service in the afternoon. The weekend will close with afternoon tea at about 3.30pm.
Children’s Programme: Creche facilities will be available for babies and toddlers. Primary aged children will follow their own programme on Saturday morning. On Saturday afternoon and in the evening the children will be able to join in activities with their families and friends. The Sunday workshops will be suitable for all ages.
Youth Programme: will run parallel to the main programme. We will come together for joint services on both days.
NB: please note that all programmed sessions are optional - you are free to participate in as many or as few as you wish
How much will it cost?
For the whole weekend:
The cost will be £170 per adult for an en-suite room and £140 per adult for a non en-suite room for the weekend full board. This includes dinner on Friday evening; breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday; and breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea on Sunday.
Under 18s are FREE. 11 to 17 year olds may come unaccompanied.
Come for a day:
You are welcome to come just for the day. The day rate for Saturday or Sunday to include morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea is £30. If you wish to stay for the Saturday evening meal the total cost is £37.
The costs have been kept as low as possible but if the price is a problem, help is available. Please speak in confidence to your vicar.
How do I apply?
Please reserve your place by completing the booking form and returning it, with your deposit to the Parish Office no later than 30 June 2019. We will ask you to pay the balance of the cost by 1 May 2020 or you may pay in two instalments. You may also pay by bank transfer but please return or email the completed form to the office; firstname.lastname@example.org
If you wish to share with a particular person/people it would help our administration if you could book together on one form.
Booking for Youth Programme (11-17 years)
Please complete the separate youth application form. Families with participants on both programmes should complete two forms.
Any Questions – contact Sarah Nicholas - 01799 584617 or email@example.com
Some comments from those who went last time
‘The 2018 Weekend Away was a joyous occasion - a fantastic opportunity to really get to know members of the congregation at St Mary’s combined with a chance to think, learn and worship together. The many smiling and happy faces from the end of weekend photo tells the story of what a great weekend it was and how successfully it was organised. It was fantastic to have a theme - in this case, the Beatitudes - which was explored in so many diverse ways. From silent worship to poetry writing, through the medium of art, drama and prayer. Also - the food was amazing!’ Lily
‘I should like to say a very big thank you for organising such a lovely weekend. From my point of view, it was fantastic to be able to share fellowship with so many people from the surrounding parishes. The whole experience was superb. Thank you so very much for all the hard work you must have put in to make it run so superbly.’ Diana
‘I really enjoyed the music- I don't play my guitar a lot so it was nice to have the opportunity. The Bishop was brilliant and I think I need more silent worship - life is noisy and the older I get the more I want to retreat into silence. Thank you again. Dad always said, go where the spirit is, and I really felt we had this weekend. We would love it every year,…’ Cathy
‘Thank you so much for a well organised, enjoyable and suitably challenging weekend.’ Denis
Photos from our last Weekend Away in June 2018