Friday, 12 September 2014

Autumn 2014 Newsletter

Welcome to the C.W.F. autumn newsletter and booking details for the 2015 Convention at The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Derbyshire.  Yes it’s that time again!
The details are as follows:-

Date: Friday 27th February to Sunday 1st March,                   
The theme:  “Stepping Out In Faith”
(This is one of the titles chosen by a member at last year’s Convention).

The key speaker:  Margaret Barker DD, an eminent Biblical scholar and Methodist preacher.   
The Communion service will be led by Rowena Francis and the Bible Study by Christine Watson.

The Committee have made some changes to the usual Saturday programme as a trial.  This is in answer to many comments made on the evaluation slips.  We would like your comments please on how you find the new look on the next evaluation slip.
The following is where we have made slight alterations to the usual programme:-
Comment 1: “Make more use of the speaker”. There will be 3 sessions with the key  speaker instead of 2. 
Comment 2:  Too many workshops. Unless the speakers choose to split us into groups no workshops have been planned.
Comment 3:  Not enough time to go to the toilet/prepare for the Saturday evening meal:  Slight alterations to the programme will allow a little more time.  ­
And now to the all important cost of the weekend:-
£137 for an en-suite room and £112 for a standard room.  As usual you can book and pay in one go or you can pay a £50 deposit now and then 2 more payments before 31st January.
Day Visitors are welcome on the Saturday.  The cost, including     morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea, will be £40.  You may also have breakfast and/or Evening Dinner. Both of these meals cost an extra £6 each.
The preferred method of payment is by bank transfer either by internet banking or from your bank.  We still accept cheques but, if you pay by this method, please remember to keep enough money in your bank for several weeks to give the cheque time to be paid in and cleared.  We did have to pay charges for 2 bounced cheques last year.   
Now, if you are reading this thinking “I would love to go but I cannot afford it” then PLEASE don’t be afraid to ask for help from the Bursary. This is confidential (no names are read out or recorded).  Only the Booking Secretary, Treasurer and a trusted guarantor know. All you need to do is ask Linda, the Booking Sec. for an application form on which we just need a supporting signature e.g. your minister or a fellow C.W.F. member.  How to contact Linda is at the top of the booking form.  Last year we found that several churches helped their applicant by paying the deposit.  There will also be a fares pool for those living more than 12 miles from the Hayes.
Publicity Secretary
As mentioned in the last newsletter, this is Joy’s last year as the Publicity Secretary.  This is a nice little job for someone who likes computers.  It involves making the posters and badges.  Also, writing the 2 annual newsletters.  If anyone feels able to take this on and would like more information please contact Joy on for a job description.
It is also Linda’s last year as Booking Secretary.  One member has volunteered to take over and is currently working along with Linda to see if she likes the job. 
All being well you will be able to vote on this new Committee member at the next Business Meeting.
Are you able to play a musical instrument and be willing to accompany some of the singing? 
If so, please contact the Programme Secretary, Yvonne Attry on or mention this on the booking form and I will inform Yvonne.

If you have any further questions please email or telephone Linda.                   Tel:  (0115) 916 2182 or email:
We hope to hear from you soon
Yours in Christian Fellowship              The C.W.F. Committee

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