CONNECT – Church holiday 2019

CONNECT – With God, Each Other, Our Community and The World

We invite you to join us for our church holiday at The Academy, St Albans which is going to take place over the early bank holiday weekend in May 2019 (Saturday 4 – Monday 6). The theme this year will be “Connect”. This is a great time for church to connect with God and each other, as we stay together in a stunning and peaceful location.

Here you will find details about what to expect and what to bring. This will be updated with more programme details and answers to FAQs so do feel free to send any other questions to church@thcc.org.uk.

Programme
We will start at 11am on the Saturday 4 May and finish by 3pm on Monday 6 May. More details about the programme and our guest speakers will be added here shortly. Please note that none of the sessions are mandatory to attend and there are plenty of opportunities for free time and fellowship. There will also be set times for children and youth ministry which tend to run alongside the adult sessions for children from 1 – 18. Please see an example from one of our previous church holidays attached here (times and sessions subject to change).

Costs and booking
We’re pleased to be able to reduce the ticket prices this year by £50 per adult and £45 per teenager compared to our last holiday. Children aged 4 and under are free if they’re sleeping in a cot or on a camp bed. Please note prices will increase for those who haven’t booked by 30th November by £10 for those aged 5+ so make sure you get the early bird price!

Click here, for up-to-date ticket prices and to book today!

Church Holiday – FAQs

Accommodation cleaning

– Bedding is laundered and bedrooms are cleaned weekly.  Common areas in accommodation (bathrooms, bathrooms in en-suite rooms, corridors etc.) are cleaned daily.

Facilities cleaning

– Common areas plus any pre-booked classrooms and facilities are cleaned on a daily basis.

Catering and meal times

– The price of the holiday includes full board.

– You can bring your own snacks, though please note that there will be no fridges or microwaves available.

– Teas, coffees, biscuits and cakes will be provided during breaks.

– Please ensure that you observe the specific meal times allocated to you. Your meal times will be between 07.00 – 09.00 for breakfast, 12:00 – 13:30 for lunch, and 17.30 – 19.00 for dinner. We will confirm that exact timings closer to the time.

– Please choose one serving of the hot food items at breakfast, and one serving of a main meal dish and one serving of a dessert at lunch and dinner.  You are also welcome to help yourselves to as much cereal at breakfast, and as much hot pasta, hot soup, and salad as you like at both lunch and dinner.  If you would like an additional serving of a main meal or a dessert, please wait until the end of meal service to make your request, to ensure there is always sufficient food and choice for everyone.

– Hot drinks machines are available for adult use only at each meal time. If you have any children who would like a hot drink, please ensure a responsible adult operates the machine for them and carries the hot drink to their dining table, to ensure there is no danger of scalding to themselves or others.

– Please kindly indicate on the booking form if you have any allergies or dietary requirements.

Equipment

– Towels and toiletries are not provided (soap is provided in the public toilet areas but not in the bathrooms in accommodation). Bedding (duvet, pillow and bedsheets) are provided.

– Children who are 5 years old and under will require a cot or camp bed and bedding. If you don’t have access to a travel cot or camp bed, please let us know on the booking form and we will try our best to provide this for you.

– If you require a highchair, please indicate this on the booking form and we will try our best to allocate one for you in advance.

– A full kit list will be provided closer to the time.

Room Allocation

– All rooms will be allocated by the church and we will confirm these details closer to the time. If you are coming with members of your family, you will be atomically allocated with them.

– People who are unmarried will always be allocated with member of the same sex.

– Teens may be allocated with other teens if parents or carers confirm they are happy with this.

– As much as possible we will allocate rooms for families in the same areas.

– There are a limited amount of ensuite rooms on site. These will be prioritised for families with special needs.

– Those with access needs or young families with pushchairs with be prioritised with ground floor rooms.

– For sessions where there is no creche available, parents and carers can make their own childcare arrangements between themselves as they will be allocated rooms in the same zone, but they are to take full responsibility for their child/children’s health and safety.

Car parking

– The car park is situated at the front of the building.

Wi-Fi

– The Academy have dedicated areas in the Main Building, Ground Floor where you can use Wi-Fi free of charge.  Wi-Fi is not available in the accommodation. The network is: Academy – this is filtered and is suitable for young people – password ‘Peacock100’.

Mobile Phone signal

– This is variable throughout the campus, depending on your network and where you are on site.

Heating

– The buildings on site are heated during cool and cold weather periods from autumn to spring.

Baby Changing/Breastfeeding

– Please note that The Academy have no specially designated areas for baby changing on site, but we will setup a Baby Changing and Breastfeeding area and will confirm exactly where this is on the day.

Additional Needs

– If you have any specific access needs or any additional equipment needs, please indicate this on the booking form, though we cannot always guarantee these will be provided.

Smoking

– Please strictly adhere to the dedicated smoking areas. Anyone caught smoking inside any building will be removed from site immediately. This rule also applies to using vaporisers and e-cigarettes. We ask that you avoid smoking near young children.

Alcohol

– Alcohol cannot be consumed on the Church holiday. Drugs are strictly prohibited.  There is a bar on site but to keep the holiday inclusive for everyone we ask that you kindly do not drink or purchase alcohol during over the weekend.

Co-existence and Respect Code for Clients and Occupiers

– The Academy host a number of different types of groups from all over the world and of all different ages, all year round. This diverse range includes groups from primary, secondary and international schools, colleges and universities, charities, sports teams, performing arts teams, faith groups and a wide variety of special interest groups – all of whom may be staying on our campus at the same time. Some Academy Residences staff and their families also live on site.

Health and Safety

– You retain overall responsibility to look after your own health and safety and that of any children within your care over the course of the holiday.

– Please note that smoking and any naked flames (including candles, incense sticks etc.) are expressly forbidden within all accommodation and facilities.

Safety and security

– You are responsible for the security of your own personal possessions throughout the campus. This includes monitoring the opening of windows on the ground floors of accommodation blocks and keep front doors closed at all times to reduce the risk of theft or damage.  Valuable items should never be left unattended anywhere on site, including the accommodation and facilities allocated to you.  Academy Residences does not accept liability for any loss or damage to any personal property whatsoever.

– Please kindly note that windows and doors in accommodation rooms do not lock.

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