Two of our young adult Networks, Transit and Salt, spent a weekend in the dales away from the business of life in the city to deepen relationships with each other and with God. They had 2 nights at the Jonas Centre in Wensleydale with great food, talks from Jimmy Lawrence and time to rest. A few members of the Networks share with us: @BethLingard: Young adult weekend away, like a student weekend away but everyone goes to bed earlier... #adultsbetired#bestweekendawayever
Chris, Transit Network Leader
"I loved engaging desperation with dependence, wretchedness with worship, and confusion with courage. I love the way Jesus meets us in our wretchedness and offers us His grace to sustain us."
I’ve been reflecting on the #bestweekendawayever and all that God did and is doing with the communities of Salt and Transit. I loved engaging in incredible liturgy and raising the roof with some new prophetic songs. I loved looking at how one of the heroes of the Old Testament, King David, can teach us about our stories. I loved engaging desperation with dependence, wretchedness with worship, and confusion with courage through the Word that Jimmy Lawrence brought to us. I loved coming as the people of God to commune with Him and one another, starting and finishing the day with prayer. I loved eating some incredible food; thank you to Alex and Elly Woodhead who lovingly worked hard to prepare it for us. I loved seeing some of the amazing artwork made during the creative prayer and worship seminar. I loved digging into the theology of rest.
I loved the food, both the quality and amount of it! But also it was amazing to see the true servant heart of those in our Network who were so willing to help out, support one another, and live like a real community gelled together by Gods love and grace.#bestweekendawayever
"God really does come and do special things with His people when they make space for him."
I love the way Jesus meets us in our wretchedness and offers us His grace to sustain us. We do not advance with a plan, but with a person and His name is Jesus. God really does come and do special things with His people when they make space for him.
Jon, Network Member
Although I have been coming to St George's for about a year it is only recently that I have been involved in Networks, so the weekend was also a good chance to get to know people.
"The big lesson I learnt was from Psalm 27; to be aware of the difficulties and struggles of life but to look away from these and find strength and blessing from God."
Throughout the weekend we had the privilege of insightful talks from Jimmy Lawrence, focussing on aspects of the life of King David. The big lesson I learnt was from Psalm 27; to be aware of the difficulties and struggles of life but to look away from these and find strength and blessing from God. This was particularly relevant as I have recently found myself grappling with multiple problems without getting these into perspective.
A weekend away from the usual stresses and distractions was much needed and to have the opportunity to understand more of the Bible. It was great to get to know others over excellent food, as well as sharing life by the fire on the Saturday evening.
I loved standing round the fire, with a glass of wine, looking at all the huddles of conversation going on. New friends being made, old friends deepened, building a community.#bestweekendawayever
Abi, Network Member
"The weekend getaway was a great way to start feeling like a real member of the church. This weekend was a true testament of the word ‘community’."
As a new person at St George’s the weekend getaway with the Salt and Transit Networks was a great way to start feeling like a real member of the church. This weekend was a true testament of the word ‘community’. People in these Networks truly care for each other and welcome newcomers with open arms. I was moved by how accepting everyone was and loved the opportunity to have real, open and honest discussions with individuals and also have a bit of fun as well!
The teaching and worship were truly amazing, and gave space to evaluate the relationship we have with Jesus and shared wisdom on how this relationship can grow and be strengthened. I personally found this influenced the way I choose to live my life and I have already begun to implement changes.
"I had an amazing time and although feeling physically exhausted by the end, I was spiritually refreshed and emotionally revived."
The worship experienced on the weekend was phenomenal; it is a joy to worship alongside others who are passionate about Jesus. The whole weekend demonstrated the love Jesus has for his people and it was evident he was there guiding us. I had an amazing time and although feeling physically exhausted by the end, I was spiritually refreshed and emotionally revived.
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