Join us for an amazing weekend away to focus on God, grow as disciple makers (of all ages), and have fun at Coolum Beach!
Luther Heights is perched south of the main centre of Coolum and a three-hour drive from Toowoomba. The site features spectacular views of the coastline and Mt Coolum. Accommodation is comfortable with two bunks (four beds) to each partitioned area and several shared bathrooms. Our main sessions will be held in a hall adjacent to the dining room, also featuring spectacular views. The St Bart’s Kids programme will be a short walk from our sessions in a newer hall with air-conditioning. Optional flying fox activities are located on site. Luther Heights is also known for having excellent food!
Stunning Beaches (there are two patrolled beaches nearby with Coolum Beach just 3-5 minutes away).
Beautiful Walks and Lookouts (including Mt Coolum and Point Arkwright just hundreds of metres away).
Great Cafes (including Compound Surf + Espresso which supports Christian Surfers Australia).
Excellent Water Park (located at Bli Bli).
We have some fun activities and options planned for our free time on Saturday Afternoon. These include:
Junior Flying Fox: 60m flights through a beautiful bushland setting (Years 4+).*
Senior Flying Fox: 200m flights over bushland with mountain and ocean views (Year 7+).*
Bli Bli Aqua Park: a fantastic waterpark for all ages.*
Beach Games: Free games down at Coolum Beach.
Swimming and Hiking: all nearby.
*Estimated cost is $25/person (we cannot confirm until minimum numbers are finalised).
We’ve got a great programme planned for all ages and lots of free time to enjoy the beautiful surroundings.
6PM Onwards: Arrive from Toowoomba (BYO dinner). Movie and board games. Wine and cheese for the adults.
Early (Optional): Some walks, Mt Coolum Climb, Cycle along the coastline, Morning Prayer.
Morning: Two Keynote Sessions with Worship and Small Groups. There will also be a concurrent St Bart’s Kids programme and crèche for younger children. Our keynote time will be followed by an all-age Q&A panel.
Afternoon: Free time with a range of optional activities*
Evening: Special Dinner
Early: Take-away breakfast and Beach time (you’ll need to pack up before our church service).
10.30AM: Worship Service (all ages) back at Luther Heights before we all leave the site.
Lunch: A BBQ at Coolum Beach Park.
2PM: Head home (or stay on and enjoy the beach!).
Speaker: The Rev’d Dr Graham Stanton
Graham is a Lecturer in Practical Theology at Ridley College, Melbourne, and the coordinator of the Ridley Centre for Children’s and Youth Ministry. He has recently completed doctoral research exploring the dynamics of Bible Engagement for the spiritual formation of teenagers in a culture of expressive individualism. Graham lives in Melbourne with his wife and three teenage children. Graham enjoys long distance running in order to compensate for his hobby of enjoying cooking good food or eating good food that other people have cooked. Apart from Jesus, his personal heroes include Bruce Springsteen and Leslie Knope.
Session 1: The Foundation - God’s Story: The Bible is the ongoing story of how God has been and continues to be at work. This session will help us to know God’s story better and how, as Disciple Makers, God enjoins us in his story and mission. We’ll particularly consider what it means as Disciple Makers to be made in the image of God.
Session 2: Unfinished work - Drawing others into God’s Story: How can we live out the biblical story in a way that other people can be drawn into it? This session will explore a variety of ways we can evangelistically engage with people on our front lines. We’ll particular focus on how we can do this by sharing stories of Jesus from the Gospels, giving others the experience of Christian community, and helping others see the challenges of the world through the lens of the Bible.
To register, simply ‘ADD TO CART’ the number of people based on age. Then ‘CHECKOUT’ to make your payment.
We’ll then email you a more extensive registration form later. Please note that your preference for the optional activities will also be completed upon paying for your registration, but we’ll confirm payment for optional activities at a later date.
Note: Once you’ve finished adding the required bookings, go to the cart to pay.
Cost (including accommodation for both nights, and all meals from Saturday breakfast to Sunday lunch) is:
$135 for Adults (including High-Schoolers),
$95 for Children (Prep to Year 6), and
Pre-Prep are free.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our FOCUS Weekend Coordinator, Amy Norman.
If you would like to support anyone coming along to FOCUS who can’t afford registration, make a donation (of any amount) below.