The Gospel is good news! The Father welcomes us into His presence, the Holy Spirit has been poured out, and His sons and daughters live under an OPEN HEAVEN.  We NOW walk in partnership with the God of the impossible and are empowered to continue the ministry of Jesus on earth as Holy Spirit filled believers. We are a sent people.
We love His presence and when we encounter Him, we are transformed;  transformed people transform the world around them.
We're excited to have Paul & Sue Manwaring (Bethel Leadership) and Steve & Juliet Barber (Chroma Church, Leicester) with us for this event; they carry a passion for God’s people to be empowered, equipped and sent.

 

Catch up on all the sessions from Open Heaven 2023 HERE
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Steve & Juliet Barber //

The Senior Pastors of Chroma Church in Leicester. Steve was saved as a teenager during a mission to his small village in the 80’s, Juliet surrendered her life to Jesus in Steve's church in Southend in the 90s. At their core Steve and Juliet are missionaries and church planters, believing their lives and calling is to be the change in God’s pocket…They are passionate about pursuing the Lord’s presence and seeing people come to know Jesus. If the purpose of the church is to love God, the mission of the Church is to unashamedly proclaim the Gospel of the risen Jesus Christ to our city & nation. Their prayer is that the Church will be the continuing story of the unfolding Kingdom of God into Acts 29 and beyond.

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Paul & Sue Manwaring //

Based at Kerith Community Church UK, serve on the Leadership Team of Bethel Church Redding and feel called as missionaries to the UK & Europe. They believe it is time to cry out: “Why not here, why not now, why not us!”.  Their hearts desire is to strengthen churches and see everyone equipped to bring the Kingdom of God and know that they are sent, whoever they are, wherever they go, whatever they do. Paul & Sue believe that they will see Europe in Revival.

Duncan Lee
Duncan Lee //

Married to the amazing Jo, they have three fantastic kids and one incredible son-in-law. He has led GodFirst for 14 years and his passion is to see the church display God’s glory and His people being equipped to bring the Kingdom of God in a million different ways every day and everywhere. He believes transformed people can transform the world.   Towards this end he loves seeing people discover their identity as sons and daughters of God and live from the overwhelming love and approval of Father God. 

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Morné Smit //

Married to the beautiful Leanne. They are originally from South Africa and have been living in the UK for 20 years. Morné is the Associate Pastor and one of the elders here at GodFirst. He is passionate about seeing the culture of heaven expressed on earth and seeing people mature as disciples of Christ.
He loves to help people grow in their identity as children of God, so they are empowered to live a life of faith and freedom.

 

We look forward to seeing you there!

Programme

Friday 13th October  
09:00 to 10:00 Registration & Welcome
10:00 to 11:30 Session 1
11:30 to 12:00 Break
12:00 to 13:00 Session 2
13:00 to 14:30 Lunch Break
14:30 to 15:30 Session 3
15:30 to 15:45 Comfort Break
15:45 to 16:45 Session 4
16:45 to 19:00 Break
19:00 to 21:30 Session 5
Saturday 14th October  
09:00 to 10:00 Drink & Welcome
10:00 to 11:30 Session 6
11:30 to 12:00 Break
12:00 to 13:00 Session 7
13:00 to 14:30 Lunch Break
14:30 to 15:30 Session 8
15:30 to 15:45 Comfort Break
15:45 to 16:45 Session 9
16:45 to 19:00 Break
19:00 to 21:30 Session 10

Friday 13th October - Saturday 14th October 2023

The Runway, GodFirst Church, 15 Airfield Road, Christchurch, England, BH23 3TG. United Kingdom (map)

FAQs

Is there an early bird price?

YES! You can book in for £37 if you book in before 21st July. Full price tickets are £47 from 22nd July and bookings will close on 10th October. CLICK HERE to book in.

What time will it start?

On Friday 13th October, the day will run from 10am-9:30pm.

Saturday 14th October will be 10am-9:30pm.

Don’t worry, there will be breaks for lunch and dinner!

Are you live-streaming the event?

This is an in-person only event, we appreciate not everyone can attend in person and it has been a tough decision to make. We hope to provide a recording of the sessions to be purchased after the day; to be confirmed.

Where is the conference being held?

The conference will be held at GodFirst Church, The Runway, 15 Airfield Road, Christchurch, BH23 3TG. We are off Somerford Road. McDonalds is situated at the end of Airfield Way, as you drive down Airfield Way you will see Airfield Road on the right and we are on the right hand side. CLICK HERE for map

Where can I park?
  • There is limited parking on site, roughly 80 spaces on a first come first served basis (there will be an additional 50 spaces in an overflow car park next door to GodFirst).

  • Alternative parking is available on the residential roads behind the Airfield Road industrial estate within 5 mins walking distance. GodFirst Church can be accessed by a pedestrian entrance on Leyside.

  • We request that you do not park on the road directly outside GodFirst Church.

Can I use public transport?

Our nearest train station is Christchurch station, which is just over 2 miles away from the building; about 10 mins taxi drive, or you can catch 1a or 1b bus from Stour Road to the end of Airfield Way on Somerford Road (once you spot McDonalds hop off).

Is there accommodation nearby?

For those of you coming from further afield and looking for a hotel, the Premier Inn Christchurch (East) Hotel is closest; CLICK HERE or Christchurch Travelodge is the next closest; CLICK HERE.

Is lunch provided?

We are unable to provide lunch onsite. We plan to have an hour and a half for lunch so you can take the opportunity to pop out with friends (old or new) to grab a bite to eat. CLICK HERE for a list of various different places you can enjoy some food.

What is the accessibility like at The Runway building?

The majority of the event is situated on the ground floor and we have an accessible toilet situated in the café area. There are a limited number of accessible parking spaces at the front of the building; please add a note to your booking form if you need one of these spaces.

Do I need to bring a printed ticket

It is helpful if you have your booking details with you, even if just on a phone; this speeds up the checking in process. It may be busy at check-in, so we ask for your grace and patience as you arrive.

Can I cancel my ticket and get a refund?

We understand that the unexpected can happen and you may need to cancel. A lot of planning goes into these events and various costs do need to be covered, so we ask that you only cancel if you really need to i.e due to sickness or tested positive for Covid. In these instances, we can arrange a refund. We are unable to process any refunds after 30th September 2023.

Can I give my ticket to someone else?

Please do not give your ticket to someone else without letting us know the change of details. Lots of administration goes into these events and we are keen to check people in quickly and efficiently when they arrive. Please honour our lovely admin team and if you need to make any changes to your booking please do this before 7th October 2022. Email: office(at)godfirst.church

Is there any children's work provided?

Unfortunately, we’re not able to offer any provisions for children during the conference. Babes in arms are welcome.

Can I donate towards this event?

YES! We love spreading the love and you can donate towards our 'Pay it forward'. This enables us to bless people with a ticket who may not otherwise be able to afford to come. Please transfer your donation to:

  • Account name: GodFirst Christchurch

  • Sort Code: 30-92-02

  • Account Number: 00241625

  • Reference: CONFERENCE LOVE

I have another question...

Please do get in touch if you have any other questions: office(at)godfirst.church