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The Pursuit Gathering

1-4th June 2017 // Stampwell Farm

*Tickets on sale from January*

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.

LAST YEAR AT 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 spur us on 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
Following Jesus is a community thing. From the words of the Bible to the supernatural gifts the Holy Spirit gives us; it's all for the transformation of the people of God as they partner with God to transform their neighbourhood. You'll find community running through everything we do as we learn to value everyone's contribution in worship, learn from one another, eat together, rest together and play together.
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.
Haribo Corner
The rumours are true, it will be making a return.

Voices

Here are some of the friends we invited last year to come alongside us in worshipping 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

Stampwell Farm is a significant location for us this year. The last two years we’ve made good use of shared sites but this year we’ve been offered exclusive use of a friend’s farm. It gets better. This farm has huge spiritual significance to the journey we’re on as The Pursuit and our residence there in June is an amazing convergence of vision for our nation and generation. You’ll hear more about it in June!

You can find out more on their website here.

Stampwell Farm
Chalfont St Peter
Beaconsfield
HP9 2XE

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

This year we are pitching our tents for free within the beautiful grounds of Stampwell Farm.

There will be the usual, free and warm spaces to hang out and spend our time whether we’re catching up with old friends, making new ones or getting some down time.
How much time did you really spend in your room (or even sleeping!?) last year?

The showers and generators will be in place so all we have to do is bring our tents. Easy!

Prices and booking

We are currently in the foundation stage of booking. This means we are no-risk crowdfunding the first 60 places in the next 28 days in order to get the cashflow we need to get the ball rolling. We have a workable budget – simply need the commitment to secure its viability.

Click here to see the crowdfunder (includes more info on The Pursuit 2017 and the opportunity to secure your place on the weekend).

    Day tickets

  • There will be no day tickets.
  • We want to adventure together the whole way.
  • All or nothing.
  • Come away.

    Weekend tickets

  • Weekend Retreat
  • See Crowdfunder
  • £150
  • Weekend Retreat
  • See Crowdfunder
  • £200
  • Weekend Retreat
  • See Crowdfunder
  • £250
The presence of God was clear and concentrated, a sense of community was present throughout.
Rob

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FAQs

Where is it?
Stampwell Farm is a significant location for us this year. The last two years we've made good use of shared sites but this year we've been offered exclusive use of a friend's farm. It gets better. This farm has huge spiritual significance to the journey we're on as The Pursuit and our residence there in June is an amazing convergence of vision for our nation and generation. You'll hear more about it in June!
When is it?
We start with registration on the evening of Thursday 1st June, dinner will be served from 7pm and the first session will begin at 9pm. We will finish at 1pm on Sunday 4th June.
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 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?
Grass and sloe berries.
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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