'It's always an amazing week. Coming together like this is a glimpse of heaven.'

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Camber Sands,
Sussex

26 July – 1 August 2014

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Craig Groeschel

Founder of LifeChurch.tv

Craig is a founder of LifeChurch.tv, a pace-setting multi-campus church, with over eighty weekly worship experiences in eighteen locations, including an online campus. He is an innovator of the Church’s evangelisation, which uses technology to make the gospel available to as many people as possible.

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Danielle Strickland

Author, Justice advocate and Salvation Army Officer

Danielle is internationally recognised as a leader, speaker and justice advocate. She is a Salvation Army Officer and has pioneered work with the Salvation Army’s International Justice Commission, their strategic voice to advocate for human dignity and social justice with the world's poor and oppressed. Danielle has written several books, which share her experiences.

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R.T. Kendall

R.T. Kendall

Born and raised in the USA, Dr. R. T. Kendall served as Senior Minister at Westminster Chapel, London, where he served for twenty five eventful years. Still in huge demand as a writer and speaker around the world. He is one of the best-known and respected Christian leaders and teachers in the UK.

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Mike Pilavachi

Founder and leader of Soul Survivor

Mike is founder and leader of Soul Survivor, a youth organisation seeking to reach, disciple, equip and empower young people to make a difference in the generation. He is also an author and international speaker.

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Nicky Gumbel

Vicar of HTB and pioneer of Alpha

Vicar of HTB and pioneer of Alpha, Nicky Gumbel joined HTB as curate in 1986 and became vicar in 2005. He has written many books, including Questions of Life and The Jesus Lifestyle.

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Tim Hughes

Director of Worship at HTB

Tim Hughes heads up Worship Central and is the Director of Worship at HTB. He has written many songs, including ‘Here I Am to Worship’, ‘Beautiful One’ and ‘Happy Day’. He has also written two books, Here I Am to Worship and Holding Nothing Back.

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Pete Greig

Director of Prayer at HTB & Founder of 24-7 Prayer

Pete Greig is one of the founding champions of the 24-7 Prayer movement, an NGO working in more than 100 countries. Pete leads Emmaus Road church in Guildford and serves as Director of Prayer for HTB. He has authored a number of books, including Red Moon Rising and God on Mute.

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Focus hits the south coast

Focus hits the south coast

We are moving to Camber Sands in Sussex. With seven miles of stunning beaches, it’s the perfect home for Focus.

The new site is just two hours from London and ten minutes from the beautiful town of Rye.

Two hours from London. Seven miles of stunning beaches. The perfect home for Focus.

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Contact

Want to find out more?
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  • 0207 052 0525

FAQs

Who can come to Focus?

Focus is for HTB congregation members, associated churches and invited guests from our Alpha network. Focus is a great opportunity to build community, make new friends and enjoy world class teaching and worship.

Where does Focus take place?

Focus takes place at Pontin's Cambers Sands. The site address is: New Lydd Road, Camber Sands, Sussex, TN31 7RL

The site is a 2 hour drive from London and located on the South Coast, just north of Hastings.

How do I book on?

You can book online at htb.org.uk/focus

Select your pass, choose your accommodation and pay a deposit to reserve your place at Focus 2014.

Where will I stay?
There are various on-site accommodation options available to guests, including self-catered chalets, camping and glamping. There are also a variety of B&B’s and hotels in the surrounding area.
Can you tell me more about the chalets?

There are various layouts of 1 and 2 bedroom chalets available, these will accommodate between 4 and 8 people. 

Chalet Features:

  • Bathroom and toilet
  • Kitchen with basic appliances which include a fridge, kettle, 4 ring hob, cooker, and microwave (Guests will need to being a selection of cooking utensils as well as cutlery and crockery)
  • Lounge area with table and chairs
  • Sofa with sleeper capacity for 2 
  • Colour TV
  • A limited number of ‘Mobility Access’ chalets are available to guests with mobility issues. Please contact the Focus Office directly to book
  • Guests can specify who they would like to be located near on-site, we will endeavour to accommodate these requests

Please Note

  • Pillows and duvets are provided but guests need to bring their own linen and bed covers, towels are not supplied
Can I share a chalet?

Yes, you can!

Options:

  • Book a whole chalet or camping pitch and invite friends to share it with you
  • Book your own room in a shared chalet
  • Book a bed in twin room in a shared chalet

Things to note:

  • If you wish to share accommodation with friends then log on, submit your details and select the accommodation you wish to share. You will then be given the opportunity to email each of your friends inviting them to join you. You will be able to keep track of who has joined and who has not yet responded
  • With the exception of married couples and families, all chalet and camping accommodation is single-sex
  • Single guests who apply as individuals will be placed in same-sex chalet or with married couples
  • Couples who apply to share with others through the Focus office will be placed with other couples
  • If you select your own room or a shared room, it is up to the discretion of the Focus Office as to who you share with. Special requests will be considered but not guaranteed
  • At present we cannot accommodate individual requests for a place in camping or glamping
Can you tell me more about camping?

Pitch sizes:

  • Standard (Tent size max 3m x 3m)
  • Large (Tent size max 7m x 7m)
  • Guests must provide their own tents
  • Only one tent per pitch
  • Guests may fill their tent with as many people as they feel is comfortable
  • Please note the new site does not offer electric camping pitches
  • Please note there are no cooking facilities provided, only a space for washing up
  • A freezer block exchange will be available daily from 8am - 8pm at the Information desk

Allocation:

  • Our aim is to allocate areas in the camp site to church plants, those with young families, students and young adults
  • Please use the space provided on the booking form to request who you would like to be located near

Facilities:

  • Toilet & shower blocks
  • Fresh water points
  • Washing-up areas
  • Car parking
Can you tell me more about glamping?

Glamping is the glamorous upgrade of camping! When you arrive your bell tent will already be built for you and includes inflatable mattresses and an LED lamp. Bring along your cosy bedding, towels, bunting and other creature comforts and make it your home for the week. Glampers will have exclusive access to their own shower and toilet facilities.

Features:

  • One size tent (5m diameter)
  • Sleeps a maximum of 5 people
  • The tent will be built before you arrive on-site
  • Each tent comes with inflatable mattresses and an LED lamp
  • All glamping tents come complete with a power socket just like the ones you have at home!
  • Please note there are no cooking facilities provided, only a space for washing up
  • A freezer block exchange will be available daily from 8am - 8pm at the Information desk
What if I choose to stay off-site?

If guests choose to stay off-site then they need to book on in the normal way and select event passes for the full week.

Options:

  • Full week passes (this will allow you entry into the programme for the full week)
  • All children under the age of 11 are unfortunately unable to take part in the Children’s programme for a few days only. They will be allowed on-site but will unfortunately not be able to join the Children's programme unless they are attending for the full week.

Accommodation:

  • Guests are responsible for finding and booking their own accommodation
  • A list of local B&B’s, hotels and guest houses is available from the Focus Office
  • Please be sure to request a car parking pass which will allow you to park on-site each day
When are my payments for Focus due?

Deposits:
Need to be paid in full for each guest on submission of the booking form in order to reserve any Event Passes and accommodation that you have selected.

Final payments:
Due by 28 March 2014 thereafter bookings will only be accepted with full payment

All payments need to be made online via SagePay or by cheque, made out to HTB Focus. Cash or BACS payments are not accepted.
 

Can I apply for a bursary?

Bursaries are available to all those that attend HTB. Upon request you will need to provide your booking reference number and a pastoral reference from someone in the church who knows you e.g. your connect group leader. Those attending Focus on a bursary will be encouraged to select the most cost effective accommodation option for the week. Bursaries do not include financial assistance for transport to and from Focus, or any sundry expenses incurred during the week. 

Guests from church plants or associated churches should contact their church directly about obtaining financial assistance for Focus.

How do I get to Focus?

Coach

A return coach service will be provided direct from HTB to Focus on Saturday 26 July, returning on Friday 1 August.

  • Return journeys cost £30 and no single tickets are available.
  • Early booking is strongly recommended.
  • Please note that coach tickets are non-refundable.

Car

If you are driving to Focus, car-parking is available for all guests on-site, although car-parking passes are required for all vehicles. We will need both the correct registration details of your car as well as a contact number for you on-site (in case we should need you to move your car for any reason). Passes will be emailed to you a few weeks before Focus if you requested one on your form or you can collect one upon arrival at Focus. Please note that it will not be possible to park your car alongside your accommodation.


Train

Trains run from London St Pancras International to Rye via Ashford International. The journey takes approximately 1hr 15mins and you will then need to arrange a taxi or a catch a bus to Pontins in Camber Sands which is approximately 10mins away.

What about food during the week?

Focus is a self-catering event for all guests however we do have the following facilities on-site to help with meals:

  • Central eating area with a variety of food concessions
  • Community BBQ area
  • Nisa Local convenience store
  • Casey's Whistle Stop for burgers and chicken
  • Mama's pizza

There are a few smaller grocery stores in the local area and a large Jempson's supermarket about 15 minutes drive from the site.

Both the camping areas and chalets have space around them for BBQs, drinks parties and neighbourhood gatherings.

What do my Children, Youth and Students get up to at Focus?

We have daily programmes for Children, Youth and Students.

  • Babies and up to School Year 2: 10am-1pm
  • School Years 3-6: 10am-1pm and 7pm-8pm
  • Younger Youth: 10am-1pm and 7.30pm-9.45pm
  • Older Youth: 10am-1pm
  • Students: 1.30pm-3.30pm
Can I bring my BBQ to Focus?

Guests are welcome to bring their own BBQ to Focus, however please ensure you keep the BBQ set up safely away from tents, gas supplies, or other flammable materials.

When do I collect my passes for Focus?

When you arrive on site you will be issued a wristband which will give you access to the programme for the days that you have booked to attend.

If you have selected a car pass on your booking you will be emailed your pass a few weeks before the event. Please ensure you print it out and bring it with you to display in your car daily.

Can I help on team at Focus?

There are many opportunities to get involved at Focus and being on team is a great way to meet people and make friends.

Below are the teams looking for volunteers at Focus 2014:

The Tearfund Cafe

We are excited to partner with Tearfund this year at Focus to bring you the Tearfund Cafe.

If you are interesting in serving at the Tearfund Cafe please do head to their website and fill out an application form: tearfund.org

Children’s team (Age 0 – Year 2)

This team is involved in putting on a programme each morning for our youngest guests. The programme runs from 10.00am to 1.00pm everyday with setup and pack up time required before and after. Team members will be entitled to a discount on their event passes and selected accommodation.

For more information contact: chtb@htb.org

Children’s team (Years 3 – 6)

The Years 3-6 groups meet from 10.00am – 1.00pm everyday and again in the evening from 7.00pm to 8.00pm with setup and pack down time required before and after. Team members will be entitled to a discount on their event passes and selected accommodation.

For more information contact: chtb@htb.org

Younger Youth and Older Youth team:

The Younger Youth group meets from 10.00am to 1.00pm each day and in the evening from 7.30pm to 9.45pm. If you relate to teens and know how to have fun then this is the team for you. The Older Youth group meets from 10.00am to 1.00pm each day and in the evening the team hosts the youth in a designated area in the Big Top for the main session. Both the Younger and Older Youth teams are entitled to a discount on events passes and selected accommodation.

For more information contact: youth@htb.org

Production Team:

We are always looking for volunteers to help with cameras, song words and stage assistance particularly if you are already involved at your church in this area. We have both full time and part time positions available throughout the week and you will receive a discount off your event passes and selected accommodation.

For more information please contact: production@htb.org