What's New?

Conference Timetable

The schedule and timings have now been drawn up for the 2021 Conference, which takes place from Monday 25 to Wednesday 27 October (though please bear in mind that the timetable is provisional at this stage).

This brief outline is followed by a link to the full Conference Timetable and the Conference Booking Form.

Monday

After arrival and lunch, the Conference will open with the President's Welcome, which will be followed by the first of John McGinley's talks.

After dinner there will be a session with Paul Woodbridge 'Pastor to the Pastors' to share news from our Connexion churches.

Tuesday

The day begins with prayer groups and family worship, followed by John McGinley's second talk and the Trustees' AGM.

After lunch, the Sierra Leone Mission will be speaking about 'Exciting News!' (that sounds good!). This will be followed by tea and some free time to mingle and catch up with old friends - and if the weather is good, a chance to sit out on the lovely terraces at High Leigh.

After dinner you can look forward to the Crystal... (sorry) Countess Maze!

Wednesday

This is the final day of the Conference, opening with prayer groups, followed by John McGinley's third talk.

After coffee there will be a Worship Service for all the family, with some feedback from the children and youth groups about what they've been getting up to.

The Conference will officially close after lunch on Wednesday. As always, everyone will have enjoyed a wonderful time! - possibly even more so this year having been apart from friends for nearly two years!

Click here for the full Conference Timetable

Booking

As time is pressing on, we would be grateful for bookings to be made before the end of the month (30 September). Having numbers in advance will be extremely valuable in making the event the best it can be!

Please complete the Conference Booking Form and return by 30 September to reserve your places and accommodation. Either post the completed booking form to the address (at the bottom of the form) or email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Conference dates are Monday 25 - Wednesday 27 October. It is possible to attend the whole event or on selected days. The booking form shows prices for overnight accommodation and also the costs for day visitors and meals.

 

Conference Speaker

We are delighted to welcome John McGinley as the Key Speaker at the 2021 Conference, which takes place from Monday 25 to Wednesday 27 October.

Over the three days John will be speaking on the theme:
'An Unchanging Gospel in a Changing World'

Session 1 
'Everything has changed:  understanding our missional context'

Session 2
'Nothing has changed: the call to make disciples'

Session 3 
'Making changes:  restoring missional confidence'

John's background

John recently concluded his position as the Vicar of Holy Trinity Church, Leicester, where he led the church for 11 years and oversaw the development of missional communities and church planting teams. He will still remain as part of the team at Leicester, but in addition has taken on two new challenges as Head of Church Planting Development for New Wine and the Development Enabler for the Archbishop’s College of Evangelists. 

John is the author of Mission Shaped Grace and Mission Shaped Living, which give voice to his desire to inspire confidence and equip people to be disciples that go on to make new disciples of Jesus Christ. He is married to Bridget and they have two grown-up daughters (as well as a slightly mad springer spaniel!). 

In addition to his passion for evangelism, John also has a great love of sport. He is a season ticket holder at Leicester City FC (although it has to be admitted that he is actually a life-long supporter of Liverpool FC).

John's presence at the 2021 Conference will be a great blessing for our Connexion members, bringing enlightenment and inspiration!

Book now!

Complete the Conference Booking Form now to reserve your places and accommodation. The event runs from 11am Monday 25 October to lunchtime on Wednesday 27 October. As in previous years, the venue is High Leigh Conference Centre in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, which has excellent facilities set in beautiful grounds.

Click here for Conference Booking Form

It is a hugely popular event and a wonderful way for the Connexion Community to come together. The Conference provides opportunities for prayer, worship, learning, discussion, inspiration, friendship and fun!

There will be a programme of activities for young children and the Youth Conference for teenagers will run alongside the main Conference.

We look forward to seeing you there!.

Book Now! - Conference 2021

Book now for the Annual Conference, which takes place from Monday 25 to Wednesday 27 October at High Leigh Conference Centre in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire.

The Conference is a hugely popular event, providing a highly enjoyable way for the Connexion Community to come together for prayer, worship, learning, discussion, inspiration, fun and friendship.

The 2021 gathering will be the 199th event, and following such difficult times over the past year and a half, the occasion promises to be better than ever!

Key Speaker

We will be delighted to welcome this year's Conference Speaker, John McGinley.

John has a great passion for evangelism and is well-known for his ability to inspire confidence, equipping people for discipleship - and to make new disciples of Jesus. 

Without doubt, John's presence at the 2021 Conference will be a great blessing for our Connexion members, bringing enlightenment, entertainment and encouragement!

Youths and young children

The Youth Conference will run alongside the main conference, as in previous years, and a programme of activities will be organised to amuse and inspire the younger children.

 

 

Booking

Please complete the Conference Booking Form as soon as possible to reserve your places.

Conference dates are Monday 25 - Wednesday 27 October, and it is possible to attend the whole event or on selected days. The form shows prices for overnight accommodation and also the costs for day visitors and meals.

We look forward to seeing you there!

2021 Conference Update

We are looking forward to this year's Annual Conference, which will take place from Monday 25 to Wednesday 27 October at High Leigh Conference Centre in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire.

The Conference is a hugely popular event, providing a highly enjoyable way for the Connexion Community to come together for prayer, worship, learning, discussion, inspiration, fun and friendship. The 2021 gathering will be the 199th event, and following such difficult times over the past year and a half, the occasion promises to be better than ever!

Key Speaker

We are also delighted to announce that the Speaker at this year's Conference will be John McGinley.

John has a great passion for evangelism. He recently concluded his position as the Vicar of Holy Trinity Church, Leicester, where he led the church for 11 years and oversaw the development of missional communities and church planting teams. He will still remain as part of the team at Leicester, but in addition has taken on two new challenges as Head of Church Planting Development for New Wine and the Development Enabler for the Archbishop’s College of Evangelists. 

As the author of Mission Shaped Grace and Mission Shaped Living, John voices his desire to inspire confidence and equip people to be disciples who go on to make new disciples of Jesus Christ. He is married to Bridget and they have two grown-up daughters (as well as a slightly mad springer spaniel). 

We feel sure that John's presence at the 2021 Conference will be a great blessing for our Connexion members, bringing enlightenment and inspiration.

Youths and young children

It is also planned for The Youth Conference to run alongside the main conference, and a programme of activities will be organised to amuse and inspire the younger children.

Booking

Please put the dates in your diary: Monday 25 - Wednesday 27 October. We are currently putting together the Booking Form with accommodation prices, and this will shortly be posted up and circulated to our churches.

Watch this space - we look forward to seeing you there!

2021 Conference Speaker

We are delighted to announce that the Speaker at this year's conference will be John McGinley.

John recently concluded his position as the Vicar of Holy Trinity Church, Leicester, where he led the church for 11 years and oversaw the development of missional communities and church planting teams. He will still remain as part of the team at Leicester, but in addition has taken on two new challenges as Head of Church Planting Development for New Wine and the Development Enabler for the Archbishop’s College of Evangelists

John is the author of Mission Shaped Grace and Mission Shaped Living which give voice to his desire to inspire confidence and equip people to be disciples who go on to make new disciples of Jesus Christ. He is married to Bridget and they have two grown-up daughters (as well as a slightly mad springer spaniel). 

In addition to his passion for evangelism, John also has a great love of sport. He is a season ticket holder at Leicester City FC (although it has to be admitted that he is actually a life-long supporter of Liverpool FC).

His presence at the 2021 Conference will be a great blessing for our Connexion members, bringing enlightenment and inspiration.

2021 Conference dates

Lockdown restrictions made it impossible for The Connexion to meet over Easter this year as is usually the case, but God willing, the three-day event has been scheduled for Monday 25 to Wednesday 27 October at High Leigh Conference Centre in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire.

 The Conference is a hugely popular event and a wonderful way for the Connexion Community to come together from all corners of the nation to celebrate in prayer, worship, learning, discussion, inspiration, fun and friendship.

Youths and young children

It is also planned for The Youth Conference to run alongside the main conference, and a programme of activities will be organised to amuse and inspire the younger children.

The 2021 gathering will be the 199th event, and following such difficult times, we hope it will be possible to make the occasion better than ever.

Please put the dates in your diary. A Conference Booking Form and detailed schedule will be posted up when final arrangements have been confirmed.

2021 Conference Dates

Dates have been set for an October gathering of our 2021 Annual Conference. Lockdown restrictions have made it impossible to meet over Easter this year, but God willing, the three-day event will go ahead from Monday 25 to Wednesday 27 October at High Leigh Conference Centre in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire.

The Annual Conference is an enjoyable way for the Connexion Community to come together for prayer, worship, learning, discussion, inspiration, fun and friendship. The 2021 gathering will be the 199th event, and following such difficult times, we hope it will be possible to make the occasion better than ever.

Youths and young children

It is also planned for The Youth Conference to run alongside the main conference, and a programme of activities will be organised to amuse and inspire the younger children.

 

Booking

Booking details and a full schedule will follow, but in the meantime, please put these dates in your diary!

2021 Annual Conference - Monday 25 to Wednesday 27 October

 

 

2021 Conference!

Plans are in place for the 2021 Annual Conference. The dates are set for Tuesday 6 April to Thursday 8th April, and the Conference will hopefully take place again at the popular venue High Leigh in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire.

Key speaker

The key speaker at the event will be John McGinley, who will be unpacking the theme of 'An Unchanging Gospel' over three days:

  • Session 1: 'Everything has changed: understanding our missional context'
  • Session 2: 'Nothing has changed: the call to make disciples'
  • Session 3: 'Making changes: restoring missional confidence'

John recently finished being Vicar of Holy Trinity Church, Leicester where he worked for 11 years and oversaw the development of missional communities and church planting teams. While remaining on the team in Leicester he is now Head of Church Planting Development for New Wine and the Development Enabler for the Archbishop’s College of Evangelists. 

He is author of Mission Shaped Grace and Mission Shaped Living which express his desire to give confidence and equip people to be disciples who make new disciples of Jesus Christ.

John is married to Bridget and they have two grown-up daughters and a mad springer spaniel. Apart from evangelism the other thing he loves to talk about is sport. He is a season ticket holder at Leicester City FC (although he is actually a life-long Liverpool supporter!).

Youths and young children

It is planned for The Youth Conference to run alongside the main conference, details of which will confirmed. And a programme of activities is also planned to amuse and inspire the younger children.

Barn Dance

 By popular demand, we are also hoping to include a Barn Dance for an evening session of swirling and toe-tapping fun!

Booking

The planned schedule and a booking form will be posted as soon as we are able to confirm details and High Leigh availability.

The Annual Conference is an enjoyable way for the Connexion Community to come together for prayer, worship, learning, discussion, inspiration, fun and friendship. The 2021 gathering will be the 199th event, and following such difficult times, we hope it will be possible to make the occasion better than ever!

 conference terrace

The photograph shows Connexion members at our 2019 Annual Conference at High Leigh. Due to the Coronavirus epidemic our 2020 event was sadly cancelled. We pray that 2021 may bring our community together again - in person rather than through Zoom!

Cancellation Notice: Conference

We have been notified by High Leigh that CCT has closed all of their conference centres. Their public announcement can be found on their website: https://www.cct.org.uk/organiser/coronavirus-update

Sadly, therefore, we confirm that the Connexion Conference, booked from 14 to 16 April 2020, has been cancelled. 

We would be grateful if you would communicate this notice to all of your church members who have made bookings to attend the Conference.

We will be considering later in the year our plans for this year’s Annual General Meeting, which is a requirement of our charitable status, and we will keep you informed as soon as this is possible.

Those who have already booked their places for the 2020 Conference, and paid their Conference fee, will be contacted to arrange a refund.

On behalf of the Trustees

The Connexion

Bookings: Conference at High Leigh

Sadly, we confirm that our 2020 Annual Conference, booked from 14 to 16 April 2020, has been cancelled.

For further details, please click on the link below:

https://www.cofhconnexion.org.uk/what-s-new/13-conferences/208-notice-conference

The Annual Conference is an ideal way for the Connexion Community to come together for prayer, worship, learning, discussion, inspiration, fun and friendship. Last year’s event at High Leigh was a huge success, with a record number of attendees from our churches, and we have high hopes that this year’s event will be a fabulous occasion.

The 2020 Conference will run from Tuesday 14 to Thursday 16 April 2020, again at the popular High Leigh venue in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, with its beautiful buildings and grounds. 

Guest Speaker

Our guest speaker this year is the celebrated Rev Mark Greenwood, National Evangelist for Elim Pentecostal Churches, who work in the UK, Ireland and over 40 nations around the world. Mark has earned a reputation as a hugely inspiring teacher, having wisdom, insight and a great sense of humour.

Barn Dance

Barry Goodman and his barn dance team are also returning to the Conference in 2020, by popular demand, for an evening session of toe-tapping fun on Wednesday 15 April.

Youths

The Youth Conference for our 13 to 18 year-olds will run alongside the main Conference with its own programme, and the youths will also be joining us on a number of occasions. Jess Beaumont, a Youth Worker at Ruwach Church in Haywards Heath, will be their guest speaker. 

Younger Children

There will be plenty of activities going on to amuse and inspire the younger children as well, run by Joanne Kennedy and Ellie Lake from Turners Hill Free Church.

A new introduction for this year is a planned crèche provision to enable more of our families with young children to attend. You will notice on the booking form that we are inviting a voluntary donation of £10 for our under 12s to help to cover the costs for the crèche. However, please be assured that we would not want this to deter people from attending, so if this might be prohibitive, please just let us know.

Booking

There is still time to book your places for the 2020 Conference. Please click on the links below to complete the Booking Form and see the Provisional Programme.

We look forward to seeing you there!

2020 Conference Booking Form

2020 Provisional Programme

conference terrace

Book now! - Conference 2020

Book now to receive an Early Bird discount for your Conference places! The offer expires on 22 February.

Last year’s Conference was a huge success, with a record number of attendees from our churches, and this year’s event promises to be equally good – if not even better!

Guest Speaker

Our guest speaker for 2020 is the celebrated Rev Mark Greenwood, National Evangelist for Elim Pentecostal Churches, who work in the UK, Ireland and over 40 nations around the world.

Following his appointment in January 2017, Elim Pentecostal described Mark as: ‘Known as an evangelist who presents the gospel in a humorous and engaging way, he loves equipping Christians to share their faith, giving them resources to help. He is passionate about helping the local church to build an evangelism culture that works and loves changing the perception that those outside the church have about Christianity’.

Gary Gibbs, their REACH Director, added: ‘Mark Greenwood is a very funny man, but he is deadly serious about reaching people who are far from God. You would need to look long and hard to find a more gifted and fruitful evangelist.’

It looks like we could be in for a treat!

Barn Dance

By popular demand, Barry Goodman and his barn dance team are also returning to the Conference in 2020, for an evening session of toe-tapping fun on Wednesday 15 April.

Youths

The Youth Conference will be running alongside the Conference with its own programme, but they will also be joining us on a number of occasions. Jess Beaumont, a Youth Worker at Ruwach Church in Haywards Heath, will be their guest speaker. 

Younger Children

In addition there will be plenty of activities going on to amuse and inspire the younger children, run by Joanne Kennedy and Ellie Lake from Turners Hill Free Church.

A new introduction for this year is a planned crèche provision to enable more of our families with young children to attend. You will notice on the booking form that we are inviting a voluntary donation of £10 for our under 12s to help to cover the costs for the crèche. However, please be assured that we would not want this to deter people from attending, so if this might be prohibitive, please just let us know.

Early Bird Discount

The event runs from Tuesday 14 to Thursday 16 April 2020. Please click on the links below for the Conference Booking Form and the Provisional Programme.

An Early Bird discount is available for all bookings made by 22 February.

So make your booking now - and we look forward to seeing you there!

2020 Conference Booking Form

2020 Provisional Programme

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