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The Pursuit Gathering, 2017. Come on!

Dreams have been dreamt and plans are afoot
for the next chapter of our story together.
Check back soon for updated plans, dates and tickets.

The pursuit is a four-day gathering fuelled by non-stop worship, prayer, community + justice. Adventure into the wild of God’s presence for us + our neighbourhoods to gain an unshakeable grip on eternity.

What is The Pursuit?

What makes The Pursuit different?

Not a Conference
The Pursuit is a gathering grown to strengthen the Church in our generation. The Pursuit gathers the Church in such a way that leaves us, our churches and our neighbourhoods better off. Think less conference, more Christmas Day: everyone receives and everyone gives.
You
You make The Pursuit unique. God’s community grows from contribution, not consumption. Bring your instrument to worship at the campfire. Tell a story. Bring a book for the library. Make bread for communion. Bring your paints. In many more ways great and small we will pursue God together.
Come as You Are
There’s no facade of perfection as we foster a culture of honour and honesty. This is vital to growing in confidence, competence and unity. Whether you’re burned out, burning low or burning brightly, you are so welcome on The Pursuit.
Our Voices
Pursuit Talks are sharp 12-minute talks from fellow Pursuers, followed with two-way Q&A. In a venue high on passion where our local church stories and visions spread, get engaged with and taken home to serve our world. Expect heckling; dialogue encouraged.

Those we’ve invited to teach us in the Tent of Meeting are people with a proven track-record of following Jesus; clear communicators who have paid to be a part of the weekend, lovingly leading us into the wild with God.
Community
Our accommodation and mealtimes reflect our community focus. Less hotel, more family. There are rooms for 1, 2 and 3 centred around shared facilities like a uni flat. To meet new people, leave your ‘sharing preferences’ blank and you’ll be introduced to others of the same gender.

We’re catered for and eat together. Catching up with old friends, spending time with new friends. Time to mess around and encourage each other. Outside of meals we’ve got an ethical cafe and bar.
Non-stop Worship
Served by bands, DJs and individuals around the clock, the Tent of Meeting becomes the beating heart of the weekend and a profound space for quality time with our Heavenly Father. We unite here at 11am and 8pm to be with God as a whole community.
Jesus
The whole weekend has been geared to focus us on Jesus. He’s the pivot point in the story of the world, and we’re responding to his invitation to join him. From the Tent of Meeting to the dining hall, The Pursuit is set up for us to grow in his way.

Voices

At The Pursuit we’ll welcome contributors from the UK and beyond, coming alongside us to worship God together.

Jack Ellison

St Barnabas Kensington Worship Pastor

St Barnabas Kensington Worship Pastor

Debs Davies

St James in the City Worship Pastor

St James in the City Worship Pastor

Joy Hartles

St Thomas Norwich Worship Pastor

St Thomas Norwich Worship Pastor

Emily Stewart

St Paul's Hammersmith Worship Pastor

St Paul's Hammersmith Worship Pastor

Brian Heasley

National director of 24-7 Prayer in Great Britain.

National director of 24-7 Prayer in Great Britain.

Golriz Ghozati

Golriz is deeply passionate to see people living prophetic lives led by the Spirit.

Golriz is deeply passionate to see people living prophetic lives led by the Spirit.

Sarah McDonald

CofE Ordinand working at Hope Church Islington and Bridge Ministries

CofE Ordinand working at Hope Church Islington and Bridge Ministries

Ash Barker

Immersed urban Christian activist, thinker, writer & speaker.

Immersed urban Christian activist, thinker, writer & speaker.

Mark Tate

Young Adults Pastor at St Pauls Ealing, known for his foot stomping worship

Young Adults Pastor at St Pauls Ealing, known for his foot stomping worship

Amaris Cole

Editor of the EA Magazine, IDEA, and threadsuk.com

Editor of the EA Magazine, IDEA, and threadsuk.com

Dot Tyler

Dot is part of the Tearfund Rhythms team

Dot is part of the Tearfund Rhythms team

Benedict Atkins

Benedict serves at All Hallows Bow, East London

Benedict serves at All Hallows Bow, East London

Greg and Martha Schofield

Worship leaders at Frontline Church Liverpool

Worship leaders at Frontline Church Liverpool

Cris Rogers

Vicar at All Hallows Bow, East London

Vicar at All Hallows Bow, East London

Rob Peabody

Co-Founder & Director of Awaken Movement

Co-Founder & Director of Awaken Movement

John Harding

Pastor of Frontline Church in Liverpool

Pastor of Frontline Church in Liverpool

Sam Ward

National Director of The Eden Network

National Director of The Eden Network

Luke Resch

Luke Resch is the worship pastor of All Hallows Bow

Luke Resch is the worship pastor of All Hallows Bow

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The presence of God was more tangible than at any other conference I have been to. That is why I went, to pursue God and his presence, and I found a fullness of life I had never experienced before.
Luke

Where

Newland Park/Gorelands La, Chalfont, St. Giles, HP8 4AD

The Pursuit exceeded all my expectations through the way in which it enabled me to freely meet with God in so many amazing and unexpected ways.

Accommodation

There are single, twin and triple rooms, grouped as apartments around shared bathroom facilities. All rooms come with beds and bedding. When you book, you can tell us your sharing preferences for your room and apartment, or leave it blank and we’ll introduce you to others of the same gender. Everyone will get a key to their apartment, although not to their room.

Prices and booking

If you are a high earner, dual income no kids, or just gifted at generosity, why not pay a bit more and bless others? If you can afford it, you can choose to pay just £180 instead of the bargain standard price. It will help us keep the price lower for students, unwaged and others.

    Day tickets

  • Friday
  • Evening pass
  • £15
  • Saturday
  • Day pass
  • £35
  • Sunday
  • Day pass
  • £35
  • Monday
  • Morning pass
  • £15

    Weekend tickets

  • Standard
  • Standard
  • £150
  • With gift
  • Includes £30 donation
  • £180
  • Student / Unwaged
  • Proof of status required
  • £125
  • Child
  • Under 14 (infants in a travel cot are free)
  • £80
The presence of God was clear and concentrated, a sense of community was present throughout.
Rob

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FAQs

Where is it?
Newland Park used to be a university campus and is now a green and spacious multi-purpose residential site. We will be using a large chunk of it - as much of the accommodation as we need and other solid buildings for venues. We’ll also be setting up a big, heated tent for our main worship venue. There are woods to explore and a museum too – the perfect mix of wilderness and culture.

It’s just outside the M25 on the north-west side of London. It’s between the M40 and the M1 which is handy for those who need to travel south.

Newland Park, Gorelands Lane, Chalfont St. Giles, HP8 4AD
When is it?
We start with registration from 5pm on Friday 29th April, dinner will be served from 7pm and the first session will begin at 9pm. We will finish at 1pm on Monday 2nd May, following which you can have lunch before you leave.
How will I get there?
It is tucked away in the countryside, but there are a lot of transport options nearby. Driving is probably the simplest way, and there will be parking available. Please share cars. The nearest mainline station is Gerrard’s Cross and it’s a short taxi ride from there.
What will my bedroom/bathroom be like?
The rooms are like being in a university flat. There are single, twin and triple rooms, arranged as apartments around shared toilet and shower facilities. It is clean, dry and comfortable and you can let us know who you want to share with. If you’re coming on your own, we can give you a single room in a flat shared with people of the same gender.

Please let us know if you need adapted accommodation.
What do I need to bring?
A towel.

Some toiletries if you want to make new friends. Ditto fresh underwear and clothes. Make sure they’re warm if you want to make the most of the fresh night air, and shoes for the country if you want to explore.

Bring a book that you’ve really enjoyed. Leave it in the library for someone else and take one you haven’t read to replace it.

Bring a musical instrument if you fancy a bit of busking or some campfire songs.

Got a hobby or a circus skill? Share it. Bring your fire poi, juggling rings or pet lizard. Ok, maybe not the pet lizard. We’re not insured for that.

You might want to bring some cash to buy a CD or book or two and feast on hot chocolate mountains in the café.
What will I eat?
Your meals will be provided in the communal dining room, which functions buffet-style. There is tasty, fresh food and options for those with allergies.

Drinks and amazing snacks will be available from the Tearfund Cafe outside of mealtimes and a bar will be open in the evening.

There may also be some edible treats available to purchase at other times of day.

If you have specific dietary requirements, please do let us know in advance so that we can feed you well. info@thepursuit.co.uk
What about my kids?
Children are certainly welcome on site and the few that came last year enjoyed themselves. We hope to do some communal activities for them at some points of the day, and there are lots of things they could engage with. It could be that parents pool resources and share childcare shifts. The site is large and accommodation blocks are spread around. We can't guarantee that you would be able to leave them asleep while you do other things, and we wouldn’t recommend it. If they are struggling to engage with the content we'd ask you to make sure other gatherers are not too disturbed. Children under 14 will be half price to contribute to the cost of their bed and food. If they are small enough to sleep in a travel cot and you can bring one with you, there will be no charge. (Babies are expensive enough already, right?)

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