Information for Parents
It seems like we’ve only just got back from Spring Harvest, but it’s already time to think about booking for next year, as booking lines open in early June!
The GC Youth Trip to Spring Harvest 2014 will be to Week 3. This starts on Monday 14 April and we’ll return on Good Friday, 18 April.
What is Spring Harvest?
Spring Harvest is a Christian festival held at Butlins in Minehead each Easter. The event is a unique opportunity for the whole Church to gather for teaching, ministry, worship and fellowship, and includes dedicated programmes for children, younger teenagers, older teenagers and adults.
Who is the trip for?
We’d love to encourage whole families to attend Spring Harvest, but we will also be running the GC Youth trip that any young person in Year 7 or above may attend.
How much will it cost?
There is a discount for those who are under 15 years of age on the first day of the event, so the total cost is as follows:
Ages 11-14 £225
Ages 15+ £240
The above cost includes accommodation, transport and food for the week as well as access to the whole Spring Harvest programme. Most of Butlins facilities are also free for guests to use.
Please note that these costs are for the GC Youth Trip. If you attend as a family then different charges apply depending on your choice of week and accommodation options.
How do I book?
There are different booking forms for young people aged 11-17 and for young adults aged 18+ on 14 April 2014.
The booking deadline is 02 June 2013. We will try to accommodate bookings after this date, but cannot guarantee this.
How is the trip organised?
Young people will be accommodated in chalets, usually of eight people, including at least two adults who will feed and care for the young people in their chalet throughout the week. Spring Harvest has a dedicated programme for both younger and older teenagers, and there are plenty of other activities throughout the day.
Why is it only four nights this time?
Spring Harvest have shortened some of their events to four nights rather than five, and due to school holidays we have only been able to consider attending one of the shorter events. This does mean that the cost of the trip is reduced compared to 2013.
We’d like to come as a family, but our teenager wants to be with their friends!
Obviously you could book your teenager in with the GC Youth trip and come along yourselves independently, but another option would be for the whole family to join our trip and help by looking after a chalet with a couple of extra young people! Please speak to Ben Hall or Annie Anderton (or email email@example.com) if you’d be interested in considering this!
We realise that the trip is very expensive, and have done our best to minimise costs. In order to help, we offer the option of paying in instalments by standing order. Please also note that we do have some funding available to assist those who would otherwise be unable to attend – please speak to Ben Hall (in confidence) if you wish to discuss this.
Information for GC Upload
If you will be over the age of 18 by Spring Harvest 2014 then you have several options:
1) Join the GC Youth trip
The GC Youth trip will run as a joint Youth/Upload trip as in previous years, so you may apply to attend as a member of the group. Please make sure that you use the special 18+ booking form - click here to download.
2) Come and help
You may wish to consider applying to be part of the team to help look after a young people’s chalet. If this is the case, please discuss with Ben Hall (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Sunday 02 June 2013.
3) Do your own thing
The other option is to attend the event with a group of family or friends independently of the GC Youth / GC Upload trip. Not only does this give you a choice of any of the three weeks, but it also gives you flexibility about your accommodation and catering options, so it may be ideal if you’re on a tight budget. It’s still worth booking this through the Church, so please email email@example.com if you’re interested.