The Forge

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The Forge Gathering is a residential retreat for local children's, youth and families' leaders (both paid and voluntary) hosted by Rachel Turner and the Parenting for Faith team.

The next Forge gathering is:

The Forge North: 9-11 November 2020, The Mermaid Inn, Leek, ST13 8UN, £150 all inclusive

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Please note, if we have to cancel following government guidance, you will receive a full refund.

What is The Forge Gathering?

The goal of The Forge is to provide time to:

  • worship and reflect
  • hear about new developments in children's, youth and families work
  • learn from each other
  • have fun together!

It's a fantastic opportunity to meet others working in the same field as you, and you'll leave with loads of contacts and some great new friends.

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A typical day at The Forge


  • 8.00 am: Breakfast
  • 8.30 - 9.30 am: Informal breakfast seminars to inspire you, featuring stories from churches around the country and what they've been doing this year.
  • 9.30 - 10.15 am: Worship and day briefing
  • 10.30 - 11.00 am: Reflections led from the front
  • 10.15 am - 1.15 pm: Working groups: delegates meet together in small groups to chat through questions or ideas. Each delegate has one hour to spend as they want with their group - asking for help with curriculum, talking through a new idea, seeking wisdom, being prayed for - it's their time to use as they want!


  • 1.15 - 1.45 pm: Lunch
  • 1.45 - 6.00 pm: Free time, with optional activities including outdoor activities, worship, games, seminars and the mind buffet


  • 6.00 - 7.00 pm : Dinner
  • 7.00 - 8.00 pm: Worship and teaching
  • 8.00  - 8.30 pm: Reflections led from the front
  • 8.30 pm onwards: Ice cream, posh nibbles and games

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