URC Holiday Forum 2020

“WHAT SHALL WE TELL THE CHILDREN?”

THEME & WORSHIP LEADER – JOHN L. BELL

Saturday 22nd – Friday 28th August

John Bell introduces the Holiday Forum 2020 theme ‘What shall we tell the children?’ Video created by Lawrence Moore and posted on Vimeo.


John Bell is a Church of Scotland minister working with the Iona Community’s Wild Goose Resource Group. He is internationally renowned for his work in the areas of worship, music, spirituality and social justice. He is hymn writer, broadcaster and speaker.

In each morning session, we will look at what we were told as children about God, the Bible, and heaven, and ask whether it is a good thing to pass on to the next generation or not. We’ll also focus on some of the big issues that they face today, growing up in the 21st century. What should we tell them about money, technology, and dealing with people who are different?

Supporting John as he leads worship each morning is our band of Forum Musicians. If you play an instrument and fancy joining the band, bring it – you’ll be more than welcome!


Each day there’s all-age worship, a theme talk and workshops (discussion, Bible study, choir, needlework, films and others), and children’s groups from crèche to secondary school ages

Each morning, there is all-age worship, a theme talk and workshops – discussion groups, Bible study, choir, needlework, film and photography and specific groups for children of all ages, including a creche.

How about choosing one of the optional afternoon activities – cricket, craft, or a trip to a local attraction? You can join in one of the competitions that run throughout the week – Scrabble, Table Tennis, Boules and Yahtzee.

Evenings are the time to come together as we hold out annual Pub Quiz, Variety Show, Songs of Praise and other various activities.

There is ample time over the week for free time, relaxed conversation, renewing old friendships and making new ones. There are other services of worship, too – early morning prayers and evening meditations, communion, and a well-being service.


The Hayes Conference Centre, at Swanwick in Derbyshire, is set in beautiful grounds and run by the Christian Conference Trust. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included and the meals are generous. In addition to morning coffee and afternoon tea, there is also a well-stocked gift shop and bar.

To book Holiday Forum, please use the Booking Form on this website or contact our Bookings Secretary Alison Foxwell on bookings@urcholidayforum.org.uk. Payment can be made by cheque, BACs or standing order – please ask to arrange the option suitable to you.

This information about Forum 2020 is also available as a PDF if you would like to print it or distribute it to your church community.

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