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Belonging - our church family weekend away - will be happening from Friday 10th to Sunday 12th May 2019, in our brand new venue Academy St Albans!

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You can sign up on the google form here. Please sign up by 31 March at the latest.


Prices include VAT and all food but exclude transport:

Adult (18+) - £100 per person
Child (4-17) - £60 per person
Child (under 4, if no bed required*) - £20 per person
Saturday day visitor - £20 per person

*Under 4s can be accommodated for £20 if the venue does not need to provide a bed (ie if parents can bring some form of travel cot). If a bed at the venue is required then the cost will be £60.

We don't want the cost of the weekend to be a barrier to anyone attending - when paying you can choose to make a contribution to the cost of the weekend, based on what you feel you can afford (see below). If you are unsure about this then do speak to Sarah, or another member of the staff team.

You can also make a donation to help someone else go on the weekend - details of how to do this are in the booking form.

Payment options

A deposit of £20 per family is required on booking.

You can then choose whether to pay:

  • the full amount

  • in three instalments - February, March and April

  • a contribution towards the cost of the weekend, based on what you feel you can afford

Methods of paying are:

  • by bank transfer (St Peters Church Battersea, 405240, 00098238 - please note this is different from the usual account)

  • by cheque (payable to St Peters Church)

  • by cash (please give to a member of the staff team)

Transport options

  • Thameslink to Radlett station (3 miles from venue) - buses and taxis are available from Radlett to the venue

  • Driving -1.25-2.25 hours depending on traffic - postcode AL2 1AF.

  • A minibus will leave at 4pm on Friday to the venue (limited places available) and a coach at 6pm. On the Sunday afternoon (2pm) there will be a coach returning to Battersea. The coach will cost £12.50 each way for adults (ie £25 return) and £5 each way for children (ie £10 return).

What will the weekend be like?

You can check out what last year's programme looked like here - this year will be similar.

Who is our speaker?

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We’re excited that Anita Cleverly will be joining us on the Weekend Away. Anita co-pastors St Aldates in Oxford with her husband Charlie. Before coming to Oxford they led a French-speaking church together in inner-city Paris for 10 years.

What is our new venue like?

Academy St Albans is an old convent that has been converted into a space for groups like us to use. We probably won’t be the only group on the site, but it will be a more secure space than being at a hotel.

Whilst it doesn’t have some of the facilities of previous venues (no swimming pool this year!) it does have lots of green, outdoor spaces. And we’re planning to toast marshmallows round a campfire if the weather is good!

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One of the big advantages of the new venue is the variety of meeting rooms it has available - meaning that our children’s and young people’s groups will have much more space available to them during their sessions…

What is there for children and young people?

During each of the sessions we have a team from Pulse leading sessions for the children and young people, and Lorraine who many of you will remember from previous years coming to lead our under-5s group.

The kids and youth programmes will run at the same time as the adult sessions.  You will be expected to drop off and pick up  your children at the beginning and end of each session.

Will there be biscuits?

Oooooh yes.

What are the rooms like?

Most of the rooms have a shared bathroom among a small group of rooms.

Family rooms will vary depending on the number of children, with a variety of single and bunk beds.

Bedding is provided but you will need to bring your own towels.

What is accessibility like?

All rooms we will be using for group activities are fully accessible - let us know when booking if you have any access requirements for your bedroom.

Don't forget:

  • Bibles and pen

  • Toothbrush and wash stuff

  • Towel

  • Phone chargers

  • Clothes & PJs

  • Sports clothes

  • Your own mug

  • Earplugs (if you’re a light sleeper)

  • Shoes & coats for enjoying the outdoors - we’re planning a campfire if the weather’s good!

  • Snacks

  • Medication

  • Cash (for any extra drinks from the bar)