The Pioneer Centre
The Pioneer Centre is located in the Shropshire countryside, bordering the Wyre Forest and near to the market town of Kidderminster.
The centre is a purpose-built conference and activity centre with excellent facilities, set within a 25 acre site. It has large meeting rooms and lounge areas, and a large dining room. There is plenty of space for adults to relax and children to play safely.
All rooms are en-suite with a mix of bunk and single beds. There are no twin, double or single rooms: most rooms sleep 4 to 5. Families will have their own room, and there are options for young people to be in dorms.
There may be options for couples to be together in their own room. However, in order to maximize the number of places we can offer, we would like adults to consider sharing with friends.
20 – 22 October 2023 Friday evening to Sunday afternoon
There will be main teaching and worship sessions throughout the weekend. Outside of these, there will be plenty of time to relax, unwind and reflect, plus the opportunity for additional activities and entertainment on Saturday.
You are welcome to join as much or as little of the programme as you wish.
Youth & Children
In addition to the main teaching and worship sessions, we are running children’s and young people’s groups during the main sessions. A crèche will also be available.
Andy Robinson was pastor of Woodstock Road Baptist Church in Oxford for 19 years, until last summer. He is now Director of the South Central Ministry Training Course, which trains leaders for a variety of ministries in churches. Andy also works as Training Director for Living Out, which helps churches and Christians talk about faith and sexuality.
Andy lives in Oxford but describes himself as a northerner in exile. He loves to play golf, umpire cricket and watch almost any sport. Most of all though, Andy enjoys speaking about Jesus from the Bible and the comfort and peace He brings into the the complexities of life.
Saturday Afternoon Activities
The choice is yours about how you spend your Saturday afternoon: you may want to relax at the Centre, or explore the nearby Medieval market town of Ludlow.
There is a golf course nearby, and the surrounding countryside is good for cycling. There will also be a group walk from the Centre to make the most of the lovely area.
The Pioneer Centre also offers an exciting package of instructed activities for anyone aged over 8 years. These proved extremely popular on our last weekend away.
For anyone aged over 8 years
Trek Course (a small 'go ape')
For anyone over 5
Inflatable assault course
Participants will rotate round the different activities during the 90-minute session. The cost is £10 per participant.
Costs and Booking
Adults (19+) £145
Under 19s (4-18) £40
Children (3 and under) FREE
(Ages on 20 Oct 2023, not at time of booking)
We require a non-refundable deposit
of £30 per person.
Please try to get your deposits to us by 28 February
2023. We have booked the whole centre and need to know if this is viable by this date. We will be asking for balance payments in 2 instalments in March and June.
To book your place, please click here
Alternatively please obtain a booking form from the church office where you will also be able to pay your deposit.
We appreciate that these are difficult times with the cost of living crisis. With that in mind, we have significantly reduced the cost for under 19s. This means that the total cost for a family of four will be less than in 2021.
If you cannot afford the full cost, then subsidised places are available. Please speak confidentially to one of the clergy.