Church Weekends Away

SLIDE SHOW

The slide show is of our March 2012 Church W/E Away. In March 2014 we went to Whitemoor Lakes Centre near Lichfield. Below is the programme for 2012 but 2014 was a similar format.

9th to 11th March 2012
at The Thornleigh Hotel  Grange Over Sands, Cumbria
Friday 9th March 2012

The address of The Thornleigh Hotel is: The Esplanade, Grange-Over-Sands, Cumbria, LA11 7HH
Tel: 015395 32733. Web address: http://www.thornleigh-hotel.co.uk
Directions may be supplied if required. You should allow 2.5 hrs for your journey. Please take care. See also Appendix I for contact telephone numbers.

Friday 9th Arrival Time:
The earliest you are able to book in is 5pm. Hot drinks and cakes/biscuits will be available at the hotel’s new Coffee Stop in the
reception area. The Hotel has parking at the rear and side accommodating 15 cars. There should be enough spaces (just) if all park wisely!

Subject for weekend: The Genius of Jesus as a Communicator: a) with the World; b) with His Father; c) with His disciples; and d) with the lost.

7:30pm Evening Meal served in the dining room –If you are unable to arrive for this time please advise Andrew as soon as possible. If you are delayed en-route please ring the Hotel or Andrew on his mobile phone.

Session 1 – Pete McN. The Genius of Jesus as a Communicator with the World
Start time to be as soon as possible after the evening meal, and will be in the lounge. As this is a late starting session there will be no
children’s activity during this session.

General Fellowship - This will follow after Session 1 has finished.




Saturday 10th March 2012  
8:15am Thought For The Day & Prayer Led by Ian H. A time to reflect on a thought from Ian followed by open prayer.

8:45am Breakfast
served in the dining room.

9:30 – 10:15am Session 2
– Pete McN. The Genius of Jesus as a Communicator with His Father
This will take place in the lounge. 4-7 yr old Children will have activities led by Rachael in the room adjacent to the lounge, and the 8-10 yr old children will have activities in the Chapel room.

10:30am Refreshments
served at the bar next to the dining room.

Free Period (until 5:00pm
) – this is a free period for you to do  as you wish. This could include a trip to Kendal or Morecambe, a families outing, 10-pin bowling in Morecambe, sightseeing, swimming at Kendal, a walk, general fellowship in the Hotel, etc. Don’t forget to collect your packed lunch from the bar next to the dining room.

5:00pm (prompt!) Singing
Led by Barbara in the lounge.

5:30 – 6:15pm Session 3
– Pete McN. The Genius of Jesus as a Communicator with His Disciples This will take place in the lounge. 4-7 yr old Children will have activities led by Rachael in the room adjacent to the lounge, and the 8-10 yr old children will have activities in the Chapel room.

6:30pm Evening Meal
served in the dining room.

8:00pm Fun Fellowship
- This will also take place in the lounge and is being organised by David, Paul and Bob. Cold drinks will be available throughout and afterwards.

9:00pm Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?
For the adults only! Cold drinks available.



Sunday 11th March 2012   
8:15am Thought For The Day & Prayer Led by Allan. A time to reflect on a thought from Allan followed by open prayer.

8:45am Breakfast served in the dining room.

10:00 – 10:45am Breaking of Bread Service This will take place in the lounge. A crèche will be run in the Chapel room.

11:00am Refreshments Served at the bar next to the dining room.

11:30am – 12:15pm Session 4 – Pete McN. The Genius of Jesus as a Communicator with the Lost This will take place in the lounge. 4-7 yr old Children will have activities led by Rachael McN in the room adjacent to the lounge, and the 8-10 yr old children will have activities in the Chapel room.

1:00pm Sunday Dinner served in the dining room.

By 2:30pm – vacate rooms and leave hotel. Please take care travelling. 

Our big thanks to Pete for his ministry, to Rachael for taking the 4-7 yr olds, to all who have played other roles over the weekend, and to those who played a part in the organising and planning this fellowship event.  Our thanks also to the Hotel management and staff.



6:30pm Evening Service back at Westcliffe Road Chapel. This is not part of the Weekend Away as such but your attendance at this meeting is very much encouraged. Speaker: Ian Drake, Subject:  Free From Bitterness




Places of Interest
Cartmel Village & Priory - 2½ miles outside of Grange-over-Sands. The Priory is open every day except during services – no charge.
Holker Hall – Cark-in-Cartmel, 5 miles: only the Food Hall, Café & Gift shop open.
Lakes Aquarium – Lakeside, Newby Bridge, 8 miles: open 9-6 daily (9-5 winter). Has gift shop, café. Parking - next to steam railway terminal & lake cruisers.
Lake Cruises - various cruises are available from Lakeside (8 miles) or Bowness-on-Windermere (24 miles).
Lakeland Miniature Village – The coach house, Winder Lane, Flookburgh, 4 miles. Open daily 10.30 till dusk. Admission charge.
Brantwood – eastern side of Lake Coniston. Former home of John Ruskin. Estate, gardens, craft gallery & restaurant open 11-4.30. 22 miles.
Low Sizergh Barn – nr Sizergh Castle, about 10/11 miles. Farm shop, two galleries of gifts & crafts & a tearoom from where you can watch the cows being milked every afternoon. Open daily.
Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House, Bowness-on-Windermere. Period rooms containing arts & crafts objects, garden terraces, craft shop, tearoom. Admission charge.
Ducky’s Park Farm – Moor Lane, Flookburgh, nr Grange-over-Sands. Nov. & Dec. open weekends only. Children’s open farm with large indoor soft play, outdoor play area, café, pedal go-kart, bouncy castle & much more. Animal interaction events.
Hayes Garden Centre – Ambleside, 26 miles. More than a garden centre – sells books, gifts, food, furniture. Restaurant & café bar.
Lakeland Shop – Windermere, beside the railway station, 22 miles. For all those kitchen appliances you’ve always wanted (and will probably never use!) Restaurant/café.

Towns & Villages worth a look!
Grange-over-Sands.Step outside the hotel and turn left. Great walks along the promenade and in the park which has a large number of ducks, geese etc. Quaint shops and a selection of cafes.
Bowness-on-Windermere.24 miles. Right by the Lake with some free parking – disc required. Usual array of shops, cafes and restaurants. Terminal for lake cruises of all kinds. Places to sit and watch the world go by!
Ambleside. 26 miles. Smaller town with large number of ‘walkers’ shops, cafes, park and mini golf and access to the north end of Lake Windermere (which has a large car park – terminal for lake cruises). Parking is expensive, although some short-term on-street disc parking. Within walking distance of Hayes Garden Centre.
Coniston. 25 miles. Small village by the side of Coniston Water. Not much to see and do apart from some walking.
Arnside and Silverdale. 20 miles. Favourite with bird-watchers. Numerous Nature Reserves including Leighton Moss. Non RSPB members will have to pay.

Theseare just a few places which are not too far from Grange. You will probably know of some more, eg Gummers How is a hill on the other side of Lake Windermere opposite Lakeside. Walk to the top on a clear fine sunny day and you will be rewarded by 360° breathtaking views. Fabulous! Not too strenuous either.   Please note distances are by shortest route, but they may take longer to reach than you think, as some roads are very narrow and twisty. Make sure youhave a map or turn on your sat-nav if you have one.






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