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The Fraternal Gatherings section from The Christadelphian magazine has, for many years, been a comprehensive list of the events happening at ecclesias throughout the world. For convenience, this will also appear here on our website, and be updated on a monthly basis. This will make it easier to access the information, and help you plan future weekends!

This section has been updated, along with the redesigned magazine listing, to make it easier to find forthcoming events.

  • Any new events added since last month are highlighted.
  • Events shown in italics may be of particular interest for young people.
  • Whereas limited but essential information can be found in the magazine for events occurring in the next few months, full details for all events are shown below.
  • Where no venue has been notified, it is assumed the event takes place at the ecclesia’s usual meeting place.

May

27-30:
28:
  • Barrow-in-Furness Fraternal Gathering | 3 pm | Venue: ecclesial hall

    Speaker: Bro. David Maudsley (Scarborough); theme: “The LORD will shew who are his”: (1) “Korah the son of Izhar”; (2) “Phinehas the son of Eleazar”. A collection will be taken on behalf of the CBM.

  • Christadelphian Choir Rehearsal | 10 am | Venue: Solihull ecclesial hall | Cost: £7

    Free Praise Evening for all at 7 pm. Theme: “Even so, come”.

29-Jun. 3:
  • Family Bible School, Swanwick | Venue: Hayes Conference Centre

    Speakers and subjects: Bro. Stephen Palmer (Mumbles) – “If ye then be risen with Christ – a study of Colossians”; Bro. Kevin Hole (Lye) – “Joshua – conquering the promised land”; and Bro. Jonathan Bowen (Brantford, ON, Canada) – “The dawn of the sun of righteousness”. Further information on the website.

30 (Bank Holiday Monday):
  • Cornish Ecclesias’ joint Fraternal Gathering | 5 pm | Venue: Ladock Community Hall

    Speaker: Bro. David Nightingale (Worcester); theme: “God has spoken”.

June

Christadelphian Office Bible story time

1 (Wednesday):
  • Bible Story Time | 10.30 am | Venue: Christadelphian Office | Ages: up to 7.

    A warm welcome awaits any children in the area, along with their siblings, parents, grandparents and carers.

4:
  • Kettering Study Afternoon | 3 pm | Venue: Isebrook SEN College

    Speaker: Bro. Nathan Smith (Wardley); theme: “The mind of the Master”: (1) “Parables”; (2) “Miracles”. Crèche facilities for young children.

  • Ormskirk Fraternal Gathering | 6 pm | Venue: Aughton Village Hall

    Speaker: Bro. Les Bailey (Crewe); theme: “The tabernacle in the wilderness”: (1) “Let them make me a sanctuary”; (2) “… that I may dwell among them”.

  • SE CALS Family Gathering, British Museum Visit and London Bible Trail | From 10.30 am | Venue: Lion Sculpture, British Museum and Coram’s Fields Hall

    Speaker: Bro. Andrew Bramhill (Redditch); theme: “Proclaiming salvation (based on the early chapters of Acts)”: (1) “In Jerusalem”; (2) “Throughout the world”. Children’s activities are organised.

  • Scarborough Fraternal Gathering | 4 pm | Venue: Jubilee Hall, Cayton

    Speaker: Bro. James Walker (Milnsbridge); theme: “In the Holiest of All (Hebrews 9)”: (1) “The golden pot that had manna”; (2) “Aaron’s rod that budded”.

  • Weston-super-Mare Study Afternoon | 4 pm | Venue: ecclesial hall

    Speaker: Bro. John Hellawell (Peterborough); theme: “Roman life in New Testament times” (two talks).

10-12:
  • Milnsbridge Youth Weekend | Venue: ecclesial hall | Ages: 13+ | Cost: £15

    Speaker: Bro. Darren Storey (Birmingham, Hall Green); theme: “How to improve your image (what does the Bible say about dress and appearance?)”.

11:
  • Birmingham Family Study Day | 9.30 am | Venue: Moseley School

    Speakers: Brethren Richard and Nicholas White; theme: “Ephesians – lessons for every ecclesia”. There will be a full programme for all ages including a quiet room, crèche, supervised crèche and classes for pre-school children to young adults. During the afternoon there will be a number of activities for both children and adults including an optional adult discussion group. Booking required. Further information on the website.

  • Cambridge Fraternal Gathering | 3 pm | Venue: ecclesial hall

    Speaker: Bro. Jeff Sewell (Coventry, East); theme: “There went out a champion”: (1) “The battle is the LORD’s”; (2) “What is man?”

  • Daventry Fraternal Study Evening | 4.30 pm | Venue: Watford Village Hall

    Speaker: Bro. Mark Johnson (Lye); theme: “Micah the Morasthite – the tents of Edar and Israel’s restoration”.

  • Dronfield Fraternal Gathering | 4 pm | Venue: The Peel Centre

    Speaker: Bro. Giles Marsden (Stockport); theme: “Creation and science”.

  • Rochdale Fraternal Gathering | 3.30 pm | Venue: Thrum Hall Methodist Church

    Speaker: Bro. Mark Allfree (Nottingham, Forest Road); theme: “A new heavens and a new earth”: (1) “The holy city, new Jerusalem”; (2) “The bride, the Lamb’s wife”. Crèche facilities provided.

Christadelphian Office Book Sale and Open Day

18:
  • Bedford Study & Serve Day | 10.15 am | Venue: ecclesial hall

    Speaker: Bro. Wayne Marshall (Cannock); theme: “Praying with the Apostle Paul”.

  • Blackburn Meal-a-Day Sale of Work | 10 am | Venue: ecclesial hall
  • Book Sale and Open Day | 9 am | Venue: Christadelphian Office

    Discounts will be available on much of our stock, both in store and online. Refreshments will be served throughout the day, and there will be an opportunity to see the libraries and the Office’s extensive archives. A warm welcome awaits.

  • Caerphilly Study Evening | 5 pm | Venue: Caerphilly Guide Hall

    Speaker: Bro. Jamie Robson (Birmingham, South); theme: “Timothy – be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus”: (1) “Strengthening the ecclesias”; (2) “Strengthening himself”.

  • Kingsleigh House Open Day | 2.30 pm | Venue: Kingsleigh House

    Meet the residents, look round the home and its attractive gardens, and enjoy cream teas and other refreshments. To raise money for the Home Welfare fund, there will be stands selling plants, good as new items, books, hats and cakes. There will also be games and activities for children.

  • Mountsorrel Fraternal Gathering | 4.30 pm | Venue: ecclesial hall

    Speaker: Bro. Mark Whittaker (Crewe); theme: “My Lord delayeth his coming”: (1) “The principles of delay”; (2) “Practical implications”.

  • Napton-on-the-Hill Study Evening | 5 pm | Venue: Napton Village Hall

    There will be a change to the series on “The Parables of the Master” due to sickness.

  • Petersfield Family Fellowship Day | Venue: The Pavilion

    Speaker: Bro. Phil Mundey (Bournemouth, Winton).

  • Studley Fraternal Gathering | 5 pm | Venue: Studley Infants’ School

    Speaker: Bro. Richard Dargie (Coventry, East); theme: “Daniel – a man greatly beloved” (two talks).

24-26:
  • Solihull Youth Weekend | Venue: ecclesial hall | Ages: 11+ | Cost: £20

    Speakers: Bro. Alistair Firth (Cannock – for ages 11-13); theme: “First principles”; Bro. Peter Anderton (Burton-on-Trent – for ages 14+); theme: “Being ready to give an answer”.

25:
  • CBM AGM / Open Day | 10 am | Venue: Henley-in-Arden School

    The Annual General Meeting will be held in the morning. The afternoon programme will include a talk on the work in South Sudan by Bro. Paul Boyd (Ware) and a Fraternal address by Bro. Andrew Bramhill (Redditch) on the theme of “The Gospel in all the world”.

  • Harrogate Study Afternoon | 4 pm | Venue: Pannal Village Hall

    Speaker: Bro. David Edwards (Birmingham, Hall Green); theme: “Worship – principles and practice”: (1) “Principles – in spirit and in truth”; (2) “Practice – our reasonable service”. Earlier in the afternoon it is planned to have some children’s activities.

  • Garswood Garden Party | 2 pm | Venue: Garswood

    This year the theme will be “Fun at the Fair”. There will be something to keep all ages occupied and amused and, of course, the usual array of stalls; all funds raised will be for the benefit of the residents. Come early if you wish and enjoy your picnic in the garden.

July

2:
  • Bethesda Open Day | 2.30 pm | Venue: Bethesda

    There will be stalls for the sale of cakes, preserves and plants. Ice cream and cream teas will also be available during the afternoon. All proceeds will be used for the benefit of the residents.

  • Malvern Summer Study Fraternal | 4.30 pm | Venue: Hanley Swan Village Hall

    Speaker: Bro. Steve Weston (Bath); theme: “Themes in Matthew’s Gospel”: (1) “That it might be fulfilled’; (2) “The kingdom of heaven”.

  • Newport Fraternal Gathering | 4 pm | Venue: ecclesial hall

    Speaker: Bro. Arne Roberts (Dunstable); theme: “Lessons from the son of exhortation”.

  • Solihull “Family Fun around the Bible” Day | Venue: ecclesial hall
2-10:
  • Mid-Atlantic Bible School, Shippensburg (PA, USA) | Venue: Shippensburg University

    Theme: “Commit thy works unto the LORD (Proverbs 16:3)”. The Youth programme theme is: “Creation: spiritual applications”. Speakers and subjects: Bro. Ron Kidd (Hamilton, Book Road, ON, Canada) – “A journey of life in a wilderness of death” (adults) and “Building for the future (Prophecy of Haggai)” (teens); Bro. Dafydd Jenkins (Cardiff, Museum Place, UK) – “Prophets and kings” (adults) and “Getting to know my Lord” (teens); Bro. Roger Lewis (Christchurch North, New Zealand) – “Gabriel – Messiah’s evening angel” (adults) and “The spiritual habits of the saints of God” (teens). Further information on the website.

9:
  • Birmingham (Acocks Green) Musical Evening | 5.30 pm | Venue: ecclesial hall
  • Eden House Open Day | 1 pm | Venue: Eden House

    Join the residents and staff for our annual Open Day. There will be a BBQ, an array of stalls, children’s activities as well as afternoon tea. All monies raised will go to the Eden House Welfare Fund minibus replacement appeal.

  • Preston Study Afternoon | 3 pm | Venue: Samlesbury Memorial Hall

    Speaker: Bro. Mark Whittaker (Crewe); theme: “My Lord delayeth his coming”: (1) “Principles of delay”; (2) “Practical implications”. Classes are provided for children up to school year 7.

9-16:
  • Manitoulin Family Bible Camp (ON, Canada)

    Speakers: Brethren Andrew Bramhill (Redditch, UK) and David Billington (Brantford, ON). Further information on the website.

  • New Zealand Winter Family Bible School, Napier (NZ) | Venue: Napier Girls’ High School

    Speakers and subjects: Bro. James Jolly (Tea Tree Gully, S. Australia) – “James – the faith that works”; Bro. Brendon Clark (Tawa, New Zealand) – “Peter – fisher of men”. Further information on the website.

10-16:
  • Southwest Bible School, Kerrville (TX, USA) | Venue: Schreiner University

    Speakers and subjects: Bro. Roger Lewis (Christchurch North, New Zealand) – “The four faces of Christ in the Gospel” (adults) and “The spiritual habits of the saints of God” (teens); Bro. Wilfred Alleyne (Birmingham, Handsworth, UK) – “The book of beginnings” (adults and teens); Bro. David Jennings (Pomona, CA) – “For who hath despised the day of small things?” (adults and teens). Further information on the website.

  • Midwest Bible School, Angola (IN, USA) | Venue: Trine University

    Speakers and subjects: Bro. Jesse Adair (Canada) – “Judas Iscariot”; Bro. Matt Norton (Australia) – “The tabernacle in the wilderness”; Bro. Tim Morgan (UK) – “Arise and build”. Further information on the website.

15-17:
  • Aylesbury Camping Youth Weekend | Venue: The Quarries Campsite | Ages: 14-21 | Cost: £18

    Speaker: Bro. Jeremy Pearce (Dunstable); theme: “Discipleship in the twenty-first century”.

16:
  • Kings Bromley Fraternal Gathering | 5 pm | Venue: Kings Bromley Village Hall

    Speaker: Bro. John Thompson (Earlswood); theme: “The twentieth century through the eyes of the prophets”.

  • Leamington Spa Fraternal Gathering | 4.30 pm | Venue: Arnold Lodge School

    Speaker: Bro. Sam Tomkins (Coventry, Grosvenor Road); theme: “Ezra”.

16-23:
  • British Columbia (Canada) Youth Conference | Venue: Camp Dunlop | Ages 17+ or baptized

    Speaker: Bro. Ian Macfarlane (Hamilton, Book Road, ON, Canada); theme: “Paul’s Letters to Timothy”. Workbook completion required. Further information on the website.

23-25:
  • Porthleven Youth Gathering | Venue: ecclesial hall

    Speaker: Bro. Kitson Reid (Birmingham, Acocks Green); theme: “The book of Proverbs – lessons for today”.

23-30:
  • Eastern Bible School, Rindge (NH, USA) | Venue: Franklin Pierce University

    Theme: “Let us consider one another to provoke unto love and good works”. Speakers and subjects: Bro. Dennis Bevans (Baltimore, MD) – “Jonah and Nahum: Christ’s first and second advent” (adults) and “Philippians: Christ our everything” (teens); Bro. Allen Laben (Baltimore, MD) – “Peter: a living hope” (adults and teens); Bro. Jim Styles (Simi Hills, CA) – “Family life lessons from Genesis” (adults) and “Ecclesiastes: lasting happiness can only be found with God” (teens).

24-29:
  • Gold Coast Bible School (Qld., Australia) | Venue: Quality Hotel

    Speakers and subjects: Bro. Anthony Oosthuizen (Durban, South Africa) – “This is my beloved Son”; Bro. Max Bourne (Hurstville, NSW) – “From faith to faith: the story of Acts”.

29-August 5:
  • Netherlands Fellowship / Campaign Week

    The weekend will follow a Study and Serve pattern, and the following week will be mostly billing activities, together with fellowship with our Dutch brothers and sisters. Accommodation is in modern group accommodation with mostly en suite rooms. Families welcome; Dutch language skills are not required!

30:
30-August 6:
  • Birmingham (Handsworth) Camp | Venue: Barmouth, Wales
  • Llan Camp | Venue: Llangwnnadl | Ages year 7+

    Further information on the website.

August

1-6:
  • Harper Adams Bible School | Venue: Harper Adams University

    Theme: “Of one mind”. Speakers and subjects: Bro. Stephen Palmer (Mumbles) – “One new man (Ephesians)”; Bro. Mark Vincent (Stirling) – “Exploring the Psalms”; Bro. Christian Russell (Verdugo Hills, CA, USA) – “The journey of the man of God”. Further information on the website.

6-13:
13-20:
  • Malvern CYC Camp | Venue: near Barmouth, Wales | Ages: 11-18 who regularly attend a CYC or Sunday School | Cost: £105

    Theme: “The Man from Nazareth” and there will be different study groups split according to age. In addition, we have lots of fun activities planned through the week. Booking essential. Further information on the website.

  • Manitoulin (ON, Canada) Youth Conference

    Speaker: Bro. Stephen Whitehouse (Birmingham, Hall Green, UK); theme: “Psalms of the Sons of Korah”. Further information on the website.

15-20:
  • Brecon Bible School | Venue: Christ College, Brecon

    Theme: “Teach me Thy way, O Lord”. Speakers and subjects: Bro. Mark Whittaker (Crewe) – “The faithful remnant”; Bro. Nigel Patterson (Newquay) – “Peter: servant and apostle of Jesus Christ”; and Bro. Tim Bateman (Newport) – “Five women”. Further information on the website.

20-26:
  • Winfield Bible School

    Speakers and subjects: Bro. Roger Long (Coventry, Grosvenor Road, UK) – “We have found the Messiah”; Bro. Richard Morgan (Hamilton, Book Road, ON, Canada) – “Malachi”; and Bro. Joseph Palmer (San Diego, CA, USA) – “Philippians”.

22-27:
  • Christadelphian Conference | Venue: Lane End Conference Centre

    Speakers and subjects: Bro. Andrew Bramhill (Redditch) – “To the cross, and beyond”; Bro. Joni Mannell (Walsall) – “The LORD whose name is jealous”; Bro. Tecwyn Morgan (Birmingham, Castle Bromwich) – “Peter and Jude speak out”.

27-28:
  • Victoria (BC, Canada) Fraternal Gathering | Venue: ecclesial hall

    Speaker: Bro. Roger Long (Coventry, Grosvenor Road, UK).

29 (Bank Holiday Monday):

September

2-4:
  • Reading Youth Weekend | Venue: ecclesial hall | Ages: 13+ | Cost: weekend, £12; Saturday only, £8

    Speaker: Bro. Martyn East (Nottingham, South); theme: “Forty days with the risen Lord”.

  • Solihull Study & Serve Weekend | Venue: ecclesial hall
3:
3-10:
  • Brittany Study and Fellowship Week | Cost: approx. £220

    Speaker: Bro. Nigel Patterson (Newquay); theme: “Paul; a man with a mission”.

10:
  • Coventry (East) Fraternal Gathering | Venue: ecclesial hall

    Speaker: Bro. Stephen Whitehouse (Birmingham, Hall Green).

  • Shrewsbury Study and Serve Day | 10 am | Venue: ecclesial hall

    Speaker: Bro. Gordon Dawes (Ware).

  • Torquay Fraternal Gathering | Venue: ecclesial hall
17:
17-18:
  • Bedford (NS, Canada) Study Weekend | Venue: North Woodside Community Centre

    Speaker: Bro. Dev Ramcharan (Toronto, Church Street, ON); theme: “‘I will arise and shake myself!’ – a life of Samson”.

23-25:
  • Parkstone Youth Weekend | Venue: ecclesial hall | Ages: 13+

    Speaker: Bro. Andy Bassford; theme: “What’s Church?” Further information on the website.

24:
  • South-West Wales Prophecy Day | 10 am | Venue: Princess Royal Theatre

    Theme: “Daniel chapter 11 and the time of the end”: (1) “The King of the South and Egypt” – Bro. Matt Davies (Nottingham, Forest Road); (2) “The King of the North and Turkey” – Bro. Mike Jenner (Rugby); (3) “Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power” – Bro. Simeon Guntrip (Manchester, Sale).

24-30:
  • West Coast Bible School, Bussleton (Australia)

    Speakers and subjects: Bro. Jon Fry (Melbourne, Vic.) – “Samson” and Bro. Neil Creighton (Sydney, NSW) – “Kingdom discourses: studies in the Gospel of Matthew”.

October

1-9:
  • Rathmines Spring Bible School (NSW, Australia) | Venue: Rathmines Centre

    Speakers and subjects: Bro. Tim Galbraith – “Ecclesiastes – what’s the purpose of being alive?”; Bro. Mark O’Grady – “Isaac – man of faith, children of promise”; Bro. Steve Mansfield – “Aaron the High Priest – outstanding example of dedication”. Further information on the website.

8-9:
  • Vancouver (BC, Canada) Fraternal Gathering | Venue: ecclesial hall

    Speaker: Bro. Marc Hunter (Saanich Peninsula); theme: “Thinking twice and the Sermon on the Mount”.

  • Sussex (NB, Canada) Thanksgiving Weekend Study | Venue: ecclesial hall

    Speaker: Bro. Benjamin Link.

15:
21-23:
  • Scarborough Study Weekend | Cost: £128

    Speaker: Bro. Andrew E. Walker (Doncaster); theme: “A man after God’s own heart”.

22:
29:

November

5:
  • Bedford Study Fraternal | Venue: ecclesial hall

    Speaker: Bro. David Blacklock (Napton-on-the-Hill); theme “The parable of Lot”.

  • Rugby Family Day | Venue: ecclesial hall
12:
19:
26:
27-28:
  • Victoria (BC, Canada) Fall Study Weekend | Venue: ecclesial hall

    Speaker: Bro. Mark Carr (Toronto, West, ON); theme: “My strength made perfect in weakness (Samson)”.

December

Christadelphian Office Book Sale and Open Day

3:
  • Book Sale and Open Day | 9 am | Venue: Christadelphian Office

    Discounts will be available on much of our stock, both in store and online. Refreshments will be served throughout the day, and there will be an opportunity to see the libraries and the Office’s extensive archives. A warm welcome awaits.

  • Coventry (East) Study Afternoon | Venue: ecclesial hall

    Speaker: Bro. Stephen Hole (Birmingham, Hall Green).

24-27:
  • Northern Winter Study | Venue: Castleton Youth Hostel

    Speaker: Bro. Mark Allfree (Nottingham, Forest Road); theme: “The resurrection of the Lord Jesus” (four talks). In addition there will be a few other studies including a breaking of bread. Regular pursuits such as evening hymn singing at a cavern entrance, walks, rambles and other activities for old and young alike will be included and a full children’s programme.

27-30:
  • Eastern Winter Study | Venue: Letton Hall

    Speaker: Bro. David Burges (Leamington Spa); theme: “Looking unto Jesus”: a study of the Lord in the Epistle to the Hebrews. Further information on the website.

24-Jan. 1, 2017:

March 2017

11:
  • Cambridge Spring Family Day | Venue: ecclesial hall

    Speaker: Bro. Mark Pennington.

April 2017

1:
21-23:
  • Cambridge Youth Weekend | Venue: ecclesial hall

    Speaker: Bro. Wayne Manship (Newport).

May 2017

7-12:
  • Coffs Harbour Bible School

    The theme for the week is “On track with the pioneers”. Speakers and subjects – Bro. Bernard Burt (Coventry, West, UK) – “Leading the way to Zion – Ezra and Nehemiah”; and Bro. Carl Parry (Salisbury, S. Australia) – “Forging frontiers for Christ – Peter and John”. Further information on the website.

June 2017

10:
  • Cambridge Fraternal Gathering | Venue: ecclesial hall

    Speaker: Bro. Mark Whittaker (Crewe).

November 2017

11:
  • Cambridge Autumn Family Day | Venue: ecclesial hall

    Speaker: Bro. Tecwyn Morgan (Birmingham, Castle Bromwich).

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