Rev. Stewart is a missionary in the Protestant Reformed Churches, currently serving in the British Isles.
The British Reformed Fellowship (BRF) is holding its eighth biennial Family Conference at Cloverley Hall, Whitchurch, Shropshire, England, Saturday 5 to Saturday 12 August 2006. The conference theme is “The Five Points of Calvinism.” Professors Herman Hanko and David Engelsma of the Protestant Reformed Churches are the speakers. Reformed believers from the US and Canada and all over the world are heartily invited to join us for what promises to be a week of rich Christian fellowship with ample time for sightseeing and relaxation. One attendee at the last BRF Conference remarked that it was “the most edifying conference that [he had] ever had the privilege to attend.”
After an introductory lecture on “The History of Calvinism” by Prof. Hanko, the five speeches will follow the order of the five heads of doctrine in the Canons of Dordt (not the order of T-U-L-I-P): “Sovereign Predestination,” “Particular Redemption,” “Total Depravity,” “Irresistible Grace,” and “The Perseverance of the Saints.” Dr. Aza Goudriaan from Holland will deliver a special address on the history of the Synod of Dordt (1618- 1619). We will also hold two Lord’s Day services.
Two day-trips are scheduled. One is to Snowdonia National Park and Mount Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales. A Narrow Gauge Railway is available for the less energetic, affording spectacular views of mountains, lakes, and even a castle. The scenic Roman town of Chester, with its Tudor houses and quaint streets, is the destination of our second trip.
Our venue, Cloverley Hall, is a Victorian Country Home de- signed in 1868 and later remodeled. It has been used as a Christian Conference Centre since 1968. The 9-acre grounds includes areas for volleyball, soccer/football, and tennis, as well as sites for barbecues, caravans, and campers. Indoor recreational facilities include table tennis, pool, and snooker. The BRF Conference will have Cloverley Hall to itself for the whole week. Accommodation can be provided for up to 130 guests in rooms varying in size from single, to twin, family, or 6-bedded rooms; some are ensuite. These include three ground-floor bedrooms with wheelchair access and toilet facilities for the less mobile. The main meeting room can hold up to 140 people. (See www.cloverley hall.com for more details.)
The nearest airports to Cloverley Hall are Liverpool (less than an hour away) and Manchester and Birmingham (in that order). The M6 motorway and Crewe, with its excellent railway services, are within 20 miles of Cloverley. Whitchurch railway station is 5minutes away.
The prices at the 2006 BRF Conference are (despite inflation) down £50 or more on the 2004 BRF Conference (at the moment $1 is worth about £0.57). Children aged 4 and under are free, and those between 5 and 12 receive reductions. The standard adult charge for accommodation and full board is £210 (age 5-6: £50; age 7-10: £100; age 11-12: £150). A single room costs £250 for an adult (5-6: £60; 7-10: £120; 11-12: £180). Ensuite is £290 for an adult (5-6: £70; 7-10: £140; 11-12: £210). Contact Mrs. Mary Stewart, 7 Lislunnan Road, Kells, Ballymena, Northern Ireland, BT42 3NR (firstname.lastname@example.org or 01144 28 25 891851). Interested persons in North America should get in touch with Bill and Ardith Oomkes, 6299 Wing Ave. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512, USA (email@example.com or  698- 6697).
Members of the PRC will be glad to hear that the Covenant Protestant Reformed Fellowship in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, intends to bring to the PRC Synod of June 2006 a proposal to reorganize as a church. Should all be approved, we hope to become a church institute on the evening of Wednesday 2 August 2005, D.V.
Those who are planning on coming to the BRF Conference may well want to include a visit to Northern Ireland for this happy occasion as part of their trip. The CPRF has booked a coach to travel from Ballymena to Dublin, crossing by ferry to Holyhead in NW Wales, before driving to Cloverley Hall for the BRF Conference (5-12 August 2006). There are 50 places on the coach to be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
We estimate the coach trip will cost about £80, with a reduction for children. We hope that many will be able to join us for the CPRF reorganization and/or BRF Conference. But if not, please continue to pray for the witness of Jesus Christ in the British Isles.