GROWING TOGETHER IN HOPE International Gathering

September 26, 2012con_adminComments Off on GROWING TOGETHER IN HOPE International Gathering

You are invited to Coventry 26 to 30 September 2012 for our CCN International Gathering. Providing the opportunity to meet others, share stories and learn together, we will join in the Jubilee celebrations at the Cathedral, giving thanks for God’s gift of reconciliation and hope.

The Event

The International Gathering provides a unique meeting point for all our CCN partners, to worship and pray together, share our stories of hope and pain, encourage and support each other and learn together in the ongoing task of reconciliation. It is being held in Coventry during 2012 to mark the 50th Jubilee of Coventry Cathedral, the spiritual home of the Community of the Cross of Nails.

Taking place over Michaelmas, the Patronal Festival Eucharist of St Michael’s Cathedral will be the climax of the gathering on the Sunday. The programme will be set in the liturgical context of the rhythms of the Cathedral including the Friday midday Litany in the Ruins.

The tone will be one of pilgrimage, sharing together at mealtimes and in prayer. Bible Study by invited speakers followed by reflection in small groups will start each day. Workshops where CCN Partners will share their story and insights will be complimented by evening sessions where keynote speakers will help us think about the role of the CCN in today’s world. The Saturday evening will be a gala event joining with the Cathedral Community in celebrating the international ministry from Coventry Cathedral.

An outline programme is available to download as a pdf file here.

Be Part of It

The event begins with 2pm registration on Wednesday 26 September and ends with the Cathedral Patronal Eucharist on Sunday 30 (finished by 12 noon).

We want to encourage every CCN Partner to be represented at this special occassion, ideally by at least two people.

All participants will be accommodated in the Britannia Hotel, next to Coventry Cathedral, at a special conference rate available only through CCN.

Some financial assistance is available from the CCN Gathering Bursary. For details of those eligible and how to apply click here.

The cost to participate, including all meals, accommodation, visits and activities is:

Shared Room £425
Single Room £475

If you live locally or do not require accommodation the cost, including all meals, visits and activities is:

Full Event £300

If you wish to join us as a day visitor on Thursday, Friday and Saturday only, the cost is:

Day Visitor (no evening meal) £50 per day
Day Visitor (with evening meal) £75 per day

How to book

A non-refundable deposit of £50 (with accommodation) and £25 (without accommodation) is required to secure your place.

Full payment will be required by 26 June 2012 at the latest. Any bookings made after that date must be paid in in full at the time of booking. Day Visitors should pay in full at time of booking.

If you cancel before 25 August we will retain the deposit – £25 (non Residential) and £50 (Residential) for full conference, £5 for day visitors.

If you cancel after this date we will retain an additional ammount of £100 for residential bookings and £25 for non residential, in order to meet our costs for commitments made.

To book please fill in your details below before making a payment.
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International Gathering Residential


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International Gathering Day Visitor (per day)

When we receive your booking details from the form above and confirm with Paypal that your deposit has been paid you will receive an email from us confirming the booking. You will then receive updates by email which will: remind you when the full amount is payable; inform you of our cancellation policy; confirm registration and accommodation details; inform you of programme developments; give you information if you need help with UK visa applications; provide information on travel by air, rail and road; let you know of our welcome service at Birmingham International Airport.If you have any questions before booking please email us:

CCN Gathering Bursary Fund

There is financial assistance available to help CCN Partners attend our gatherings during 2012. The funds available are limited so you should apply early. To be eligible for assistance you will need to provide a reference from the CCN Partner in Africa, Asia, Cuba or Central and Eastern Europe which you are representing. Gathering Bursaries of £425 will be awarded to cover the costs of the event. In addition, if funds are available, we may cover the cost of the UK visa application and award up to 50% toward travel costs to Coventry.

To apply email us at with International Gathering Bursary in the subject line.

Travel Arrangements

We are pleased to introduce Diversity Travel as our preferred travel partner for the Youth Gathering and the International Gathering. Working specifically in the non-profit sector, Diversity Travel have staff with many years of experience looking after charities and religious organisations, and are able to offer delegates at our CCN gatherings specially negotiated discounted airfares through their access to a portfolio of discounted charity fares.

There are a number of benefits to using Diversity Travel:

  • Bookings can be held for months without financial commitment
  • Bookings can be changed free of charge or for a small fee once tickets are issued
  • Fares are available in economy or premium classes
  • Many airlines offer special rates inbound to the UK
  • Free or reduced charges for excess baggage (up to 3 pieces with BA totaling 69kgs)

To gain access to the specially negotiated airfares, please contact Diversity Travel stating that you are attending the Youth Gathering or International Gathering at Coventry Cathedral and give the following information:

  • Airport you wish to travel from (or city if there are multiple airports)
  • Arrival and departure date into the UK
  • Title, first name  and surname as per passport
  • Any other special requests for example meal requests, seating requests, any special assistance needed for the flight

The designated Groups and Conference department will be waiting to hear from you; –

Email :

Telephone : 0161 235 5410 / +44 161 235 5410

While we are pleased to recommend Diversity Travel, they operate as an independent company and thus Coventry Cathedral regret that we cannot enter into discussion over specific travel bookings. Please contact Diversity Travel directly with any queries.

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