Rest and Renewal
Holy Trinity’s Parish Away Weekend
9th to 11th October 2020
In October next year, many of the congregation will once more be on their way to Hothorpe Hall in Leicestershire for what promises to be another amazing weekend away. The feedback from our 2017 weekend at Hothorpe couldn’t have been better, with almost everyone saying they would be very happy to come again – we hope you will!
The theme for the weekend next year is based on two things that are increasingly hard to achieve in our modern ‘speedy’ world – Rest and Renewal – and Hothorpe will be our exclusive sanctuary for the two days away from the trials and tribulations of our everyday lives. To help us all to attain that elusive rest and spiritual renewal will be the Revd Paul Swann, an inspiring author, who will take us on the ‘Rest’ part of our journey, and the Revd Canon Dr Sandra Millar, Head of Life Events in the Church of England, who will look at our ever-changing world and our responses to those changes. There will be light entertainment on Saturday evening, which may become somewhat raucous if Phil reprises his wonderful poem “Cecil was a caterpillar…” oh, how we hope he will!
Saturday afternoon will be free to explore the countryside around Hothorpe, browse the shops in nearby Market Harborough, just ‘rest’ and read in the hotel’s lounge, or join in the organised events at the hotel (work in progress!).
Of course, while we are listening to our speakers, taking advantage of being able to ‘unwind’, there will be lots for the children to do with Phil in charge, and I’m sure Phil will be very grateful for any volunteers among you who are willing to help him.
Hothorpe Hall is a Christian Guild hotel in Theddingworth, Leicestershire, close to Market Harborough. We will have exclusive use of the Hall, in which all the comfortable accommodation is en-suite and all rooms have Freeview TV. There is a fully licensed Lounge Bar and lovely grounds in which to wander and contemplate the biblical quotes dotted around. There are two outdoor terraces, a games court with equipment for several activities, and a playground.
Earlier this year we committed to trying to make paying for the weekend easier, and less heavy on our pockets all at once. For next year, therefore, payments may be made four times over the coming year, ie a deposit of £50 per adult this month (September 2019) and three further payments in December 2019, March 2020 and September 2020. The full amount for the weekend, including all meals, morning coffee and afternoon tea, from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon is £180 per adult. The maximum amount payable for families will be £400. This year there will be the ability to pay your deposit and balances directly into the church’s bank account (details are on the booking form) and we will be happy to email booking forms to you. Alternatively, the form will also be available for you to download from the church’s website (www.stratford-upon-avon.org) – please return the completed form and your deposit as indicated.
We do appreciate that there may be members of our congregation who will find the payment difficult to find, but who nonetheless would welcome, and benefit from, the opportunity to take part in the weekend. To this end, we are setting up a Support Fund in order to enable these people to attend. We are asking if those of you who are able may give an additional entirely voluntary gift aided donation towards this fund. There will be specific GiftAid envelopes for the Support Fund available in church and in the Parish Centre. If, on the other hand, you would like to benefit from the Fund, please take and complete a booking form, ticking the relevant box, return the form as indicated, and a member of the clergy will contact you – all information will be treated in the strictest confidence.
If you have any queries at all about booking or indeed anything else relating to the weekend, please contact Hilary Newman on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01789 296771.
You can download the booking pack here and it will also be available each Sunday at the back of church together with the Support Fund envelopes. Further updates and information will appear in the Pew Leaflet from time to time.