DeeperLifeWeekend, CefnLea March1st-3rd 2013
DeeperLifeWeekend, CefnLea March1st-3rd 2013
We will be returning to Cefn Lea in mid-Wales this spring for a weekend together dedicated to seeking after a deeper relationship with God through worship, teaching and fellowship from like minded people from across the country, interspersed with a healthy dose of extravagant entertainments, the equisite Welsh country side and Saturday afternoon football.
Salvation Is Only The Beginning
Above all, God’s greatest desire is to have an intimate relationship with us. He longs to reveal his love to us in new ways. He desires for us to fall completely and utterly in love with him. Nothing compares to the inexpressible joy and freedom that comes when we have a deep revelation of our Father’s heart toward us.
It is the purpose of DeeperLife to facilitate a place for 18-30s from across the country to come together and grow in a deeper relationship with their heavenly Father, to spend time getting to know him better so that we in turn can express to the world just how wonderful He is.
This year we will be returning to Cefn Lea for a time together of worship, word and a whole lot of fun! The famous DeeperLife Cafe will be returning along with the Saturday afternoon football match and the epic evening entertainments!
It is in relationship where our eyes are lifted onto something so much greater, something so much more fulfilling and something so much more captivating than we could ever hope or dream of. It is in relationship where all our fears and worries disappear. It is in relationship where we have the faith to believe the gifts, dreams and destiny that God is calling us to.
When we gather in March let’s come ready to respond to our first love and expect to have our gifts, dreams and destiny released from a nice thought in our heads to reality.
Please remember to bring bed-sheets and duvet covers (or a sleeping bag), pillowcases, blankets, towel, bible and notepad; plus suitable outdoor clothes/shoes for walks and football.
Cefn Lea Park is set in the beautiful Mid-Wales Countryside. Residential accommodation is provided as a mixture of leisure homes and chalets. It is their aim that all guests have an enjoyable and relaxing stay! The complex has several conference rooms, a main hall with theatre seating up to 400 people, two sports halls, restaurant and other indoor and outdoor sport facilities.
For more information contact the Deeper Life Team JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING
End: 3rd March 2013
Location: Cefn Lea
Friday 18th Jan and Saturday 19th Jan 2013
Join us on Friday 18th January from 7.30pm through to 5pm Saturday 19th.
You are warmly invited to join with other leaders from around the country to come together, fellowship, and learn from one another. For this first N:Vision of 2013 we will be opening up thoughts and ideas around Restoration Theology.
On the Friday evening we will give time to eat together over dinner and on the Saturday we shall hear from Gareth Duffty as he unpacks teaching on Restoration. There will be plenty of scope for Q&A, and discussion sessions.
N:Vision costs just £10.
Closing date for bookings: 10th January 2013, for a direct booking please contact Kathi Kelly: JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING .
NO ACCOMMODATION AVAILABLE.
Address: Nettle Hill, Brinklow Road, Ansty, Coventry, CV7 9JL
The Focus Recipe:
- Take 130 people, six teams (and a dash of healthy competition), one week at Quinta Hall, hours of energetic worship and unlimited encounters with God.
- Add crazy costumes, wacky games, a campfire, a water fight, litres of hot chocolate, handfuls of sweets and a few sleepless nights (completed in advance by the admin team).
- Combine all of the ingredients together and sprinkle generously with love before cooking at a high temperature for an experience like no other!
For the benefit of those readers who haven’t yet experienced Focus, I’m afraid my description may well fall short. You see, Focus is rather unusual to say the least. On the surface you’ll find crazy costumes and wacky games, old and young alike dressed absurdly throwing themselves into the strangest of activities, but if you look closely you’ll find a greater joy: the refreshing expression of Christ-like love through fun, friendship and family. The distinctive family ethos at the heart of Focus encourages the teen servers and adults to put aside their own agendas, to ‘keep the main thing the main thing’, ensuring the delegates (aged 9-11) feel completely free to discover and enjoy God in their own way.
The theme for Focus 2012 was ‘Into the world with Jesus’. Together we learnt and experienced how we can get filled by the Holy Spirit, train with God and go out into our worlds with Him. This, of course, involved lots of fun and lots of noise! The fabulous Entertainment Team and Morning Meeting Crew kept us on our feet (and upside down at times!), Jackie and her team kept our stomachs full and Martyn kept us chanting and singing until our voices grew hoarse. Owen got us thinking, Jill and Fraser worked our spiritual muscles and Sandra had us navigating our way through life’s maze with the help of the Holy Spirit – described so aptly by one child as ‘our tour guide to heaven’.
On the closing night the whole family got stuck in and the delegates themselves offered their own testimonies and wisdom to encourage us all to share our wonderful God with our wonderful world. The final night also showcased the incredible talent gleaned in Wednesday’s workshops and of course revealed the final result of the teams’ efforts throughout the week. Despite insane efforts from the Krazy Kenyans and Mad Mexicans, ninja strength from the Jazzy Japanese and all the ‘ooh la la’ the Fancy French could muster…the Awesome Aussies had us all jumping like Skip as they deservingly took the gold.
Although this award of first prize was well celebrated, Focus 2012 saw many more firsts as both children and adults discovered more about God and stepped out into new things. Some were filled with the Spirit for the first time, others found a new freedom in worship and encountered a fun-loving God in a way they didn’t know was possible. For many children, their breakthrough came from feeling totally accepted, free to be themselves and have the confidence to make new friends. Each and every individual encountered love and encountered God. 1 John 4v8 tells us that they are, in fact, one and the same.
I’m pretty sure God enjoys Focus just as much as we do, if not more! He delights to see His kids being who He’s made them to be, loving life and loving on others. How exciting to nurture and release a future generation of world changers, who go into the world with Jesus and infect their surroundings with His love! For all you parents, pastors and kids/youth workers…your children are gold. They are made in the image of God and He is well pleased with them. They are way more powerful than we realise and God is way more fun than we realise. So join us in our mission (indeed, our privilege) to love and empower them into their destiny! As every Focus helper discovers each year – God will do what He does so brilliantly, we simply serve and welcome His presence into their lives.
The children themselves are the testimony, so to finish here are just a few extracts from their own personal accounts of Focus 2012…no editing needed.
What was your favourite moment at Focus?
“The water fight; and just being part of a family where people look out for you.”
“Talking to God in my room and getting prayed for before bed and of course getting told I’m special.”
“Talking to people and making new friends.”
“I couldn’t say. It’s been an amazing, memorable experience. I will never forget this.”
What did you like about Focus?
“I like that it’s fun and serious at the same time. Like ‘funious’, and you get new friends”
“Just being free to worship and express yourself and always having a really calm, gentle and loving atmosphere around you.”
“Everything. It is the best! Basketball, praise and worship, cooking, the wacky morning meetings, the small groups, the evening meetings.”
What have you learnt this week?
“To have fun and let go of myself. Be who I really am.”
“I have learnt how easy it is to be with God and talk to Him and worship Him. I also learnt to look at God as a best friend and that He is always there if I ever need to talk to anyone.”
“That God loves us all and that being a Christian doesn’t have to be boring.”
To be a part of this extra-special recipe in 2013 please go to: www.lifechangingcamps.co.uk
(Please note that places are limited so first come first served!)