We’re looking to change the way we run our youth residentials from one weekend and one week away by splitting the weekend away into two age groups. We’re aware that trying to run one event for 11-18 year olds is really hard: to some degree they want different things; the 11-14s really want a fast paced magazine style weekend, they want activities, they want bite-size chunks of teaching, all the little slots throughout the whole weekend need to come together around an over-arching theme that they can take home with them; our 14-18s seem to want more time with God (not teaching time though) and more time with friends, they seem less worried about activities and what they’re doing, but who they’re doing it with.

Having reflected on this, and crucially the increasing cost of petrol we have decided no longer to travel together as one big weekend, hosting 70-90 people, and instead look at two weekends that are more local and more specifically aimed at where our young people are.

So, if you want to recommend a venue that isn’t a million miles, or even, more than 60 minutes from Tonbridge, we’d be really interested to hear your thoughts.

Married to the amazing Sarah and raising Jakey, Daniel, Amelia, Josh & Jonah in our blended family. Passionate for Jesus, social work & sport.

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