Weekend Away

Time to grow in community under God’s Word.

July 23rd – 25th, 2021.

What is Weekend Away?

Grace City’s Weekend Away is all about growing in community under God’s Word.

It’s a time to get away from the distractions of our busy lives and delve deeply into the Bible, encouraging one another and building each other up.

We will build deep community over meals, cups of coffee and night events.  Through in-depth talks and discussion groups, we will learn and grow in our faith. But, there’s plenty of time to rest and relax (with lots of fun to be had!).

Weekend Away is running from 23rd to 25th of July, 2021. It’s definitely an event you don’t want to miss!

Grace City Weekend Away Group Photo

Important Information

Each year we strive to make Weekend Away a high quality event at an affordable price. Your ticket includes: accommodation, meals and snacks, activities and additional extras (eg. booklets for adults, programs for kids, etc) as well as a 2.5% booking fee. We encourage you to take advantage of our Early Bird Special which runs till May 31st.

 

Weekend Tickets

  • Adult - $225 (Early Bird: $185)
  • Child - $165 (Early Bird: $150)
  • Infant (under 3yo) - $65 (Early Bird: $50)

Day Tickets

  • Saturday Adult - $90
  • Saturday Child - $70
  • Saturday Infant (under 3yo) - $30
  • Sunday Adult - $80
  • Sunday Child - $60
  • Sunday Infant (under 3yo) - $20


DISCOUNTS

This year, our ticket costs can be offset by using your free $25 NSW Dine & Discover Vouchers. The code can be added on the payment screen.


DONATE A TICKET

Each year there are people who would love to attend Weekend Away, but are restricted by their financial circumstances. If you would like to generously provide a ticket to someone who may need it, please purchase a “Donate a Ticket” option and we will allocate it accordingly. Please note that the giver and receiver will remain anonymous.


FINANCIAL SUPPORT

Please do not let your financial circumstances prevent you from attending Weekend Away. If you require financial assistance, please contact Cornelius at cornelius.do@gracecity.com.au and we can discuss some alternative options for you.


Registrations will close on Friday, 30th June at 11.59pm (To encourage everyone to make use of the NSW Dine & Discover Vouchers). Don't miss out!

Each year we endeavour to accommodate as many people as possible at Weekend Away, while keeping costs to a minimum. For this reason we encourage sharing rooms with your friends! This not only increases our sense of community and gives us the rare opportunity to hang out in this fun, social way, it also allows us to accommodate more people without increasing ticket prices (because each room contains 5-6 beds... sharing rooms means that very few beds will go to 'waste'). With this in mind, please note our two accommodation styles:

MALE & FEMALE ROOMS

Most guests attending Weekend Away will be accommodated in either male or female rooms. Each room has an ensuite and you can choose your room and roommates upon arrival. Please note that it is first in, best dressed… so get to Weekend Away early to have your pick!

FAMILY ROOMS (for parents and children)

Families with children will be accommodated in private rooms, which are a short walk from our main session rooms. You'll also be able to request a late check out on Sunday if your infant needs to continue sleeping throughout the day. Unfortunately due to COVID precautions you'll need to bring your own cot for your infant. 

If you have questions or concerns about accommodation, please contact Cornelius at cornelius.do@gracecity.com.au 

Weekend Away is a great time for adults and kids to gather together and grow in community as a church, while also growing in our love and understanding of God and His Word. While parents are listening to the Bible being taught and discussed, City Creche, Tots and Cubs will be well looked after in their own programs, learning big Bible truths through stories, songs and activities. Throughout the weekend City Kids will be looked after by Grace City leaders and members, as well as volunteers from other churches.


Registration for City Kids

When registering your child, you will be asked to tick which sessions your children will be attending City Kids and Youth. This is to ensure we provide a safe environment with great leader to children ratios across the weekend. If your plans change after registration, please let us know via the email listed below so we know when to expect your children in City Kids and Youth.

  • Creche: 0-2 Years
  • City Tots: 3-5 Years
  • City Cubs: School Years K-4
  • City Youth: School Years 5-9


If you have questions about arrangements for families and children over the weekend, please do not hesitate to contact Emma Clemens at emma.clemens@gracecity.com.au


Two weeks before Weekend Away you will receive a Q&A link that will include the information listed below.

  • Leaders and locations for programs
  • Family cabin locations and proximity to venues
  • Food menu
  • Locations for fridges and microwaves
  • Access to baby items e.g. portacot and high chair
  • Check in and check out times

What's the theme for the Weekend?

Each year, we dig into a specific theme by looking at what the Bible has to say and spending time in discussion groups. This year's theme is yet to be revealed... so stay tuned!


How will refunds work?

You can ask for a refund up to 2 week before the event (9th of July) by emailing Cornelius at cornelius.do@gracecity.com.au.  


What happens if there's a COVID break out?

Because of the fluctuating nature of COVID restrictions in NSW, we will make the an appropriate decision closer to the date. This may include cancelling the weekend and providing a full refund.


Can I come just for the day?

Weekend Away is an incredibly important time in our church calendar. It is a true blessing that we're able to go away for a whole weekend to learn and grow and laugh and rest. While the temptation can often be to visit for the day... Weekend Away is most fruitful for those who can be there the whole time (from Friday night to Sunday afternoon). This is why we work so hard to accommodate everyone and design a program that is rich with variety. So at this stage we'd like to encourage everyone to make the most of coming for the entire weekend.


What should I bring?

Once we're closer to the date of Weekend Away, all attendees will receive an Information Pack detailing what to bring, how to get there, what to expect, etc. The short answer is that you'll need to bring your own linen, toiletries, clothing and shoes.

The program is subject to change, but you can expect something like this:

FRIDAY

7pm Arrival

Night Activities

Supper + Chill Out

SATURDAY

Breakfast

Session #1

Morning Tea

Discussion Groups

Lunch

Free Time

Session #2

Dinner

Night Activities

Supper + Chill Out

SUNDAY

Breakfast

Session #3

Morning Tea

Discussion Groups

Lunch

Session #4

3pm Back to Sydney!

*A full program (with specific times) will be included in the Weekend Away Information Pack. For now, please note that Weekend Away commences at 7pm on Friday and concludes at 3pm on Sunday.

Getting to Weekend Away

It is roughly one hour drive from church to the conference centre (although if you leave in peak hour this will be longer)

I've registered, what now?

Awesome! We’re so glad you’ll be joining us at Weekend Away 2021. You’ll receive further information as we approach the date. But for now, join us in eager expectation; it’s going to be memorable time!

From Grace City, the drive to the Tops Conference Centre will take roughly 58 minutes and involves driving down the A1 Highway.