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The Open Heaven Weekend Away 2023:
3-5 February 2023 at Whitemoor Lakes
‘Doors Wide Open’ with Phil Knox

Come and join us at our annual churchwide Weekend Away. We will return to Whitemoor Lakes for a weekend of teaching, worship, community and creativity. This is an essential event in the year for the whole church to gather, encourage one another and listen to God together.

‘I see what you’ve done. Now see what I’ve done. I’ve opened a door before you that no one can slam shut. You don’t have much strength, I know that; you used what you had to keep my Word. You didn’t deny me when times were rough.’ Revelation 3:8 

Our Speaker and Theme
In Loughborough, there will be open heavens for open doors. At Wildfires Festival, we received these words from John Scott, a prophetic leader. At our 2023 Weekend Away, we’ll explore the possibilities of heaven breaking out, illustrated by the image of an open door. Under an open heaven, prayer is unbroken, justice is possible, and salvation is shared. Our homes become places of transformation and reconciliation, where our open doors illustrate our open hearts.

This year's speaker is Phil Knox, head of mission to young adults at the Evangelical Alliance. He lives with his family in Birmingham. Phil lives to see people come to know Jesus and Christians inspired and equipped to share their faith. He is the author of Story Bearer: How to Share Your Faith With Your Friends. Most people find faith because they know another Christian, see the difference Jesus makes, and hear their story. This book inspires every Christian to see themselves as a story bearer.

We understand that coming to the Weekend Away is an investment for individuals and families. The Weekend Away is a chance to invest in your faith and your family’s relationship with God and the church. It’s an opportunity to share stories, be inspired by grace, and find joy in community. Many Open Heaveners have said that the Weekend Away was the first time they felt they belonged. Whether you’re new or returning to church, we want this to be your experience. Due to the rise in the cost of living, we’re introducing multiple payment schemes to help you manage the ticket cost for the first time. These include paying in one, two, or five instalments.






Q: “I can’t afford the ticket cost. What are my options?”
A: We want each church member to be able to participate in the weekend. This year, we’re creating opportunities for those who can afford to donate towards the ticket cost of someone who can’t. We don’t want finance to be a barrier to attending if you cannot afford the ticket cost. We also offer discounted tickets for students and unwaged individuals. Please get in touch for more information and to book. 

Q: "Can I get a refund if I'm unwell and unable to attend?"
A: Yes, we'd be able to offer a full refund, or we could gift the ticket to someone else who may be able to attend at late notice. In such a situation, you'll need to get in touch.

Q: "What provision will there be for children?"
A: During each main session, the children will join Powerhouse and break out into age groups. Creche facilities will be available during all main sessions. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

Q: "If I have young children, will I miss the evening sessions?"
A: Not in full, no. Once we know who's coming, we'll organise a rota between parents to 'monitor' sleeping children so that we will need only one person for that at a time.

Q: “I’m unable to attend for the full weekend. Are there day tickets available?”
A: Day tickets are released depending on the capacity of the venue after weekend tickets have closed. Please contact us if you’re considering buying day tickets for financial reasons. Our value is on journeying together as a community. We want to encourage everyone to attend the weekend. 

Q: “I’m unable to attend in person, will there be an opportunity to join online?”
A: Unless you’re viewing online for health reasons, we would love for you to join us in person. We’ll be streaming our main teaching sessions so you can join live online. We’ll send information about how to get involved and our full schedule closer to the event.