A colder start to the day here at the Hall, but with everything looking fresh with a heavy dew on the ground, what a beautiful place this is!
If you want to see an update on what is happening around the Hall, then our newsletter for April has just been sent out by email. There will be printed version mailed to those without or not using online techno stuff later in the month.
Meanwhile here is the link to our Newsletter.
This weekend we have around 140 ladies at our Long Weekend Ladies Conference and the place is just buzzing. Then next week a complete change – there will be over 100 young people aged between 11 and 13 years old at our ‘Connect’ program.
Then that’s it! We have one week to move out of the old Conference Hall, as it will be demolished to make way for the new one. Its exciting times, but we are trusting God for His provision both in terms of finance and prayer partners to stand with us as we go ahead with this project.
Then of course we have Easter to look forward to. As many of you may be heading off on holiday now school is out, we wish you a happy Easter, remembering the real reason for the season!
With greetings from all the staff here at Capernwray Hall.
The world is such a small place!
I called in at the dining room to have breakfast with a few of our holiday guests this morning, and was pleased to find that an ex Capernwray colleague who had been driving by on his Motorbike had come to visit. A student in 1994, staff in 1997 and now working abroad in a country torn by strife, we got to chatting about how difficult it is to find past members of our student body.
Surely, as there is so much available in terms of social networking, it cannot be too difficult to find people who have passed through our lives here at Capernwray Hall? As one person sitting here writing this blogg, Tweeting and communicating on Facebook with future/past guests and students, I am thinking that perhaps as you sit reading this, you may know of someone who has been here in the past, or who is coming in the future.
Capernwray Hall, England and Capernwray Holidays are the official Facebook pages where people can post general comments or you can follow us @Capernwrayhall on Twitter. There are also our Alumni records where you can try find lost friends and add and ammend your current details if you wish. You can even post elsewhere on this WordPress blogg!
So why not pass this on to someone you may know, and lets get reconnected!
Our holidays secretary has been extremely busy of late. I passed by her desk yesterday and found a pile of envelopes waiting to go in the post. Yes the holiday season approaches fast!
We start this weekend with the first of our Ladies’ Conferences, followed by a new venture called ‘Choices’ where you can decide from 10 different activities on offer, with the usual social events and great Bible teaching each day. A second Ladies’ conference and a childrens’ holiday follow on.
There are many other holidays on offer over the school holidays in summer, some of which are now full – so don’t miss out – book soon!
Capernwray will be slightly different in appearance this summer – yes the usual fun activities and outings, the coffee shop (Beehive), courtyard socials, good food, and excellent Bible Teaching…… but where will the old conference hall have gone?
The week after Easter sees the contractors come in and remove the old to replace it with the new. Talking of which, that sounds like a good point – God does much the same! When we invite him in, he demolishes the old (well maybe not with a big ball on a long chain!), and builds the new. It may be a long spiritual process, but we are hoping the replacement of the physical – the old conference hall – with a nice shiny new one, will take under one year. Of course we still need to be able to pay for it all. If you do help or have helped already with either prayers or finance, then we are extremely grateful. However, if you would like to be involved either financially or in prayer then please do join us.
If you would like more information on this project then please visit us at:
The Capernwray New Conference Hall Project
On April 7th, our Easter programme will come to an end, along with an era in the life of Capernwray Hall.
A few days after the childrens’ holiday “Connect” finishes, the building contractors will come on site to demolish the old conference hall and start to build the new one.
We would like to bring together memories of people who have passed through the doors of the old conference hall over many years, and to help us do this we have started a page on this blog, where you can visit and tell us your memories, show us your photographs, and share them not only with us but also with other visitors too.If you click on the “Conference Hall Memories” tab above, it will take you to our memories page, where Becky Silver, (formerly Becky Harris), has shared with us some of her special times here at the Hall.
We hope that you will pay it a visit, and add to that page.
If you wish to send something without it being on public view then please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to hearing from you.
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The spring cleaning of the office loft, is more like the once in a Jubilee clean out. Julie is enjoying copies of Women’s Weekly from the 1970’s, and Rachel is planning on turning one old cymbal into a clock of some sort. It does make you wonder what’s in all the other loft spaces?
The visitor books from the 50’s and 60’s are an interesting walk down memory lane. They show an increasing informality as they enter into the sixties. People, people, people, where have they all ended up?
If you have been to Capernwray in the past and you are reading this, why not send a reply and let us know where you are now?
Capernwray Hall sits in some of the most beautiful countryside in England. The Lake District to the north, The Yorkshire Dales to the east, The Trough of Bowland to the South, Morecambe Bay to the west – every direction you turn you see the wonder of creation. How can we believe that this all came into existence by accident – by some ‘big bang’ millions of years ago?
Charles Price used to liken the ‘big bang’ to an explosion in a scrap yard. The explosion in the scrap yard causes all the bits and pieces to be thrown high in the air – what are the chances of all that metal landing back on earth as a fully assembled Jumbo Jet? Not an exact quote of Charles’ lecture, but I am sure the principle is right! Even my intelligence tells me the chance of that happening is nil – zero – nothing.
So as I sit on the edge of Morecambe Bay, sipping my coffee, I cannot but wonder in amazement at the wonder of God’s creation.
It rained last night and we are promised that the warmer Spring weather will leave us today. Why is it that when it gets to the weekend, the weather takes a change for the worse. One thing we can be sure of is that we have a God that will not change!
So today we press on. The Hall is getting a spring clean – ask the folk in the office! Relocation of Bible School office space is still at the forefront of plans, and all the things that have to be done before the old conference hall is demolished. Then there are all the things that have to be done for the end of Winter Bible School. It may be quiet in terms of students not being around this morning, but there is still much to be done.
The students return from 10 day outreach on Sunday, and no doubt they will be buzzing. We look forward to hearing about the fruits of their labour next week.
Capernwray Hall looks really good today. The sun is shining, the snowdrops are out and the lambs are in the barn.
The place is still quiet, with our Bible School Students away on outreach around the country.
Much to do! We are planning for the building of the new conference hall – the preparation for the relocation of staff and the need to prepare a venue for Spring Bible School are now gathering pace.
God is good!