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RESTART: Activate Days Away 2021-22

COVID-19 brought us into a unique moment in history where the church has been stopped in its tracks and forced to adapt.  In many ways, the accelerated rate of change that was required has quickened our progress and reach in terms of technology. Many churches continued to reach out amazingly well, providing meals, support and online services and we’ve welcomed people into Zoom meetings and allowed them to access church as never before.  As we come back together we are left wondering where to go next, who to reach, how to speak, and what our community looks like in real life.  We now seek answers to questions we never even imagined two years ago.  At this crucial time, those of us passionate about restarting and rebuilding community are taking tentative steps into the world we now find ourselves in.  There’s no doubt that we must learn from and support each other in this, so we’d very much like to partner with you and your church to journey this together on an Activate day away.

Philippians Chapter 1 speaks guidance and hope, grace and love.  We’ll be focussing on this passage and its relevance to our current situation.  We can’t wait to uncover Paul’s assurance and enthusiasm for sharing the gospel in uncertain times and personal challenge.

I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of you partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

Philippians 1:3-6


The day is normally held on a Saturday, 10am – 2pm


We will come to you.


We want to partner with your church so we do not charge you anything to run this day. We cover the cost of speakers, travel and a light lunch by charging each delegate approximately £20.

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10am Registration and refreshments

10.30am Intro from hosts and Activate team

10.35am Worship

10.50am Session 1

11.15am Coffee break

11.30am Session 2 - Interactive Session

12.15pm Weekend away video and book promo

12.30pm Lunch

1.15pm Session 3 - Last session

1.50pm Draw together, final comments

2pm End


Rhiannon Goulding

Our second director, Rhiannon, is also
Activate’s Events Coordinator. Never without a project on the go, she has inspired and motivated many Christians and non-Christians to take the next step in their faith journeys, with the ultimate aim of leading people to Christ. Mum to six children, Rhiannon’s life is full of adventure, creativity, and enthusiasm!

Sarah McKerney

Sarah is an inspirational speaker and preaches regularly. She has been part of the team for many years and is now a member of the leadership board, as well as being a source of wisdom in our regular meetings. With a desire to promote authentic faith, she serves and leads in church and the wider community.Sarah is a mum to two boys at high school. She enjoys listening to The Archers when she is on long walks with her dog.

Jaz Potter

Jaz Potter is on the senior leadership team at Hope Church, Bromley, South London. She comes from a Sikh background and became a Christian aged 12. She is passionate about telling people about Jesus and equipping the church in evangelism. She is married to Tim and they have 2 adult sons, who won’t move out! When she isn’t preaching, teaching, wife-ing or mum-ing, you can find her on Instagram.

Fiona Castle

Fiona is Activate’s President and the longest-serving member of the team. Since Fiona became a Christian, she has always been passionate about friendship evangelism; she loves to encourage others to look outwards, to share their faith in the workplace, amongst their friends,or within their area of influence.

Hayley Nock

Hayley divides her time between co-leading California Christian Centre Birmingham with her husband Rob and working as a Nurse Practitioner. Rob and Hayley have two adult children who are both married. Hayley is passionate about people, Jesus’s mission, community and the difference God can make.

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