Perhaps some of you are beginning to make vacation plans for the summer. If you are, let me encourage you to come to the biennial British Reformed Fellowship (BRF) Family Conference, which we are planning for July 2018 at Hebron Hall Christian Centre (www.hebronhall.org), just four miles from Cardiff, the capital city of Wales.
The BRF conferences are held every two years, in various parts of the British Isles. With the last three having been held in Northern Ireland or in Scotland, we are excited to return to Wales, which is not only a beautiful part of the world, but also the home country of the conference chairman, Brian Harris, whose son Joshua is well known to many of the young people who attend the PR Young People’s conventions.
Speaking of the PR Young People’s Convention (YPC), our conference will not clash with it, for it will be held from Saturday July 21 to Saturday July 28, which gives time for people to get back for the YPC (Monday August 13 to Friday August 17).
The conference promises to be a time of rich, Christian fellowship with attendees from across the world. The last conference brought together believers, young and old, from the United Kingdom, Ireland, continental Europe, the USA, Canada, Singapore, Australia, and the Philippines; at every conference the group seems to get more catholic. As an explicitly Christian and Reformed conference, we provide solid Reformed teaching from the Word of God, ably delivered by our two main speakers, Prof. D. Engelsma and Rev. A. Lanning. Last time, their speeches were on the subject of eschatology, which speeches are in the process of being made into a book. This time, the subject chosen by the BRF is “The Reformed Family—According to the Word of God.” Our two speakers plan to develop the subject in six main conference addresses: “The Divine Origin of the Family;” “The Authoritative Content of the Gospel;” “The God-Fearing Man and His Virtuous Wife;” “The Reformed Family: Parents and Children;” “It is Good to be Single;” and “Unbiblical Divorce and Adulterous Remarriage: A Scandal.”
The needs of our Lord’s Day (July 22) will also be met, for we will have two worship services (with Revs. Stewart and Lanning preaching the Word) and a presentation on Christian education in the afternoon. How many other vacations provide that?
BRF conferences do not consist only of speeches and other devotional exercises, however. There will also be a lot of time for recreation, with plenty of activities available on site—a swimming pool, sports hall, and pool, snooker, and table tennis tables. A short walk from the conference center will take you to a railway station with frequent trains to Cardiff and the coast, both only a few miles away. We will also be arranging day-trips to interesting, scenic and historical sites, including a fifteenth-century castle near the Welsh border and the site of the martyrdom of an English bishop!
Almost all rooms are en-suite, with bedding and towels provided. Accommodation is full board, so we will be well fed throughout the week. Free wifi Internet is available in designated areas of the center, and Hebron Hall has several tea/coffee areas to provide refreshments and a place to chat throughout the day.
The cost for one week full board is as low as the BRF can make it, and much cheaper than you will find in any hotel. Booking forms, including prices, are available on the BRF website (www.britishreformed.org) and will also be included with the new, special Reformation issue of the British Reformed Journal. Conference booking secretaries are Kristin Crossett (firstname.lastname@example.org) for UK/Europe, Briana Prins (email@example.com) for USA/Canada, and Lisa Ong (firstname.lastname@example.org) for Singapore. Cardiff is relatively easy to get to, with flights from the USA through Dublin or London, for example. From Cardiff airport, it is a 15-minute taxi journey to the conference center. For additional information, visit http://brfconference.weebly.com or email Mary Stewart (email@example.com).
We hope to see many of you at the sixteenth biennial BRF Conference in Wales!