Community Weekend – Who is my neighbour?
10.00 – 11.00 Arrivals/Refreshments
11.00 – 12.00 Mission in Marginal Places
12.00 – 1.00 Discussion
1.00 – 2.00 Lunch
2.00 – 3.30 WORKSHOPS:
- Refugee Voices
- “Sandbanksy” Labyrinth
- Good Samaritan Craft – All ages
3.30 – 5.00 WORKSHOPS
- Juliet and the Jungle
- “A Marginal Expression” – UE in non-urban situations
- World Cafe – UE in urban situations
- Storytelling – All ages
5.00 – 6.00 Free time OR Website & Basecamp tutorial
6.00 – 7.00 Dinner
7.00 – 9.00 Concert – John Froud
All Day: Prayer Room
7.45 – 9.15 Breakfast
9.30 – 10.30 All age worship
10.30 – 12 00 Treasure hunt
12.00 Lunch Bristol Pear
There will be a creche provided for under 5s.
Children’s programme for 5-12 year olds will be run by CURBS.
This year we want to encourage youth to participate in the sessions and share their views and feelings. However, there will be some youth sessions, between 11.00-1.00 and 5.00-6.00, and there will be a hang out space for over 12s available all day.
We are pleased to announce that this year’s Community Weekend is called:
Who is my neighbour?
We will be looking at answers to this question on a Global, National, Local and Personal scale. There will be music from John Froud, input from Refugee Voices, and a special appearance by ‘Sandbanksy’. There will also be a children’s programme, run by CURBs, and youth activities.
Join us at IMC, Birmingham on Saturday 15th – Sunday 16th October 2016
Community Weekend Tickets
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This year’s Community Weekend “Feast of Fools”, was held Saturday 17 – Sunday 18 October 2015 at IMC in Birmingham, and was a massive success.
Thank you all so much for coming and sharing your stories (and your desserts!). As always, it was a great opportunity to meet together, chat, eat and have our thinking stretched.
A massive thank you to Alex Ellish for all her hard work in putting together the programme, and Rachel Jay for her tireless work ensuring everything ran smoothly.
Out next Community Weekend will be 15-16 October 2016. If you’re not involved with Urban Expression at all, but would like to know a bit more about us, this is the perfect place to come and learn more. It’s laid back and friendly, but full of opportunities to learn from and share with one another.
We’ve embarked on a really interesting journey at this week at UE Welsh House Farm. I think it’s really easy, when you’re living and working in the place you feel called to kingdom-build, to lose sight of where God is in it all.
So we let it slide. We’re doing God’s work after all… isn’t that enough? Working on our spiritual wellbeing can wait. We’re too busy pioneering.
I can’t be the only one guilty of it can I? I wonder how many of us really devote our time and attention to feeding ourselves, nourishing our spirit as we do our body? On Welsh House Farm, we’ve been letting ourselves go hungry while we try to meet the needs we are surrounded by.
So this week a small group of us met together, and we listened. We listened for the still small voice of calm amidst the thumping demands of our everyday lives. We listened to scripture and its nuances, and grey areas, and tough bits that we would prefer to ignore. We listened to one another, our fears and insecurities, our world views, our dreams for the future. And we listened to ourselves. We gave ourselves permission to be messy, and confused, and hungry. We gave ourselves permission to be searching for something greater. We gave ourselves permission to question our beliefs, to question the very foundations of why we felt called in the first place.
And it was okay. It was better than okay, it was good. It felt like the start of healing journey for a group of tired, battered missionaries, trying to serve God in the wonderful wilderness in which they have been placed.
Rowena Wilding, Welsh House Farm