15 May at 6:00 PM - 17 May at 3:00 PM
“Stumbling upon Significance”
Crossroads invites you for a weekend away – not by yourself: with the whole church community! Together. In one big building. Near the mountains. To have a greatest time ever. With your family if you have one. And with all our singles. All.In.The.Family!
We really like you to meet others in the church during this weekend in a way that you normally wouldn’t. We eat together. We talk together. We play together. We have fun together. We listen to sermons about ‘Stumbling upon Significance’, we share, we pray, we worship, we are silent, we laugh: a weekend you’ll never forget!
The registration link is at the end of this page. Please read all the information below before registering.
For this Weekend Away, we have rented a large house in Charmey in the Gruyère area. It is right next door to the mountains and close to a big lake. From the house, you can hike into nature with ease and for as long as you want. The house has two, four and six-person bedrooms, and most have their own toilets and showers. As a family or as friends, you can book one of those rooms. For people that come by themselves and don’t want to have the hassle of teaming up with others, they can book a bed in one of the four-person rooms and we’ll organise roommates for you.
And the food?
We’ll be taken care of by our own cook – with a little help from you. Breakfast in the morning will be buffet-style, but lunch and dinner will be sit-down meals with all of us together. In between the meals, there will be coffee, tea, lemonade and snacks provided. As such, there’s no need to worry about your outer being: you just have to take care of your inner and social being!
To have you interact with a variety of people and keep costs low, we do ask you to pitch in with some simple chores: washing dishes, cleaning the dining room, setting the tables and help keep the communal areas clean. Many hands make light work, so it won’t take much time out of your weekend, and it will add some practical fun.
We will come together as a congregation a few times during the weekend. We have asked David Courey to be the speaker for the weekend. He is a professor at Continental Bible College in Brussels and ETF in Leuven, and he is well-qualified and experienced to lead us into the theme of the weekend: “Stumbling upon Significance”. If we want our lives to bear significance for God’s Kingdom and eternity, we are most likely not going to stumble upon that significance. We need to be intentional about it for that to happen. That is what we will be exploring during the weekend.
For children under 12 years of age, there will be separate gatherings while the adults meet. There will be a dedicated area for pre-schoolers, but no child-care will be provided, so one of the parents will have to be with their child or children.
Children between 0 and 2 years (under 3 years) can come with no additional charge as long as you bring their own baby food and a cot to be placed in your own family room. You will need to pay a reduced fee for children from ages 3 to 7. The full fee will be due for children ages 8 and over.
Travel, arrival and departure
Getting to Charmey is a little less than a two-hour drive from Basel SBB. With public transport, it will take you 2 hours and 45 minutes to get there from Basel SBB. We are leaving it up to you if you want to arrange rides with others who may have room in their car.
We encourage people to arrive in the course of the evening, from 6:00 PM onwards. There will be a light meal to enjoy, buffet-style, as people will trickle in on the Friday evening. While people are arriving, the campfire will be going, marshmallows being roasted, and guitars being played. At 9:15 PM, the kitchen will close because at 9:30 PM, we will have a short time of worship and a welcome session for everyone.
The weekend will round up at 3:00 PM on Sunday afternoon, so there will be enough time to get home, for the children to do their homework, and to get ready for the next work week, all motivated by the weekend’s topic of “Stumbling upon Significance” and intentional living.
And now for some fun!
On Saturday afternoon, we will have a fun sports time with – weather permitting – a slip-and-slide slope and all kinds of competitive fun for everyone, young and old. But you will also have the opportunity to go on adventures yourself or with others around Charmey. Here are a few of the things that could await you:
• Directly from the house, there are hiking trails that will take you into nature, up the mountains – however long of a hike you want to make it. There are two gondolas that will give you a jumpstart to a higher elevation: “Vounetse” and “Charmey (Gruyère”).
• There is a beautiful hike around the “Lac de Montsalvens”, which is not too far from the chalet. With a little bit of descending and climbing, you won’t need a car to get to the lake.
• For adrenaline-seekers, there is a zipline place nearby at Charmey Aventures.
• Visit the old town of Gruyères with the highlight of the Château de Gruyères.
• Check out the Gruyère cheese-making at La Maison du Gruyère.
The bottom line
We want the weekend to be as financially accessible as we can possibly make it. The cook is a volunteer. You will volunteer a little as well. We will take care of ourselves. Together, we’ll make it happen. For the whole weekend, including accommodation, foods, snacks, coffee, tea, games, tourist tax, bed linen, meetings and fun, you have to count between CHF 105 and 160 per person, depending on age and room arrangement. If you have less than the maximum amount of people in your (family/friends) room, it will add to the price.
Click the button below to register. Let us know your ideal room arrangement, and we’ll tell you if that is still available. If not, we’ll try to accommodate you in another way and let you know what that will look like. Once we agree, we’ll confirm your booking, which is when you will have to send us a non-refundable deposit of CHF 50 per person in your booking. As for the remaining sum, you will be asked to send that amount before the end of April 2020. If your initial registration takes place near that time, you will be asked to pay the total sum in one transaction.
Please note: ‘non-refundable’ means you won’t get the deposit back if you cancel. We need to do this to prevent high, uncovered costs and empty spots in the chalet due to late cancellations.