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Alexandra Park Family Camp 2018

Monday January 1st to Sunday January 7th 2018

The 2018 family camp will be held at the Alexandra Park Conference Centre at their Banksia and Acacia Sites.

Alexandra Park Conference Centre is located on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast in the heart of picturesque Alexandra Headland, about 300 metres from the beach. Alexandra Headland is about one and a half hour’s drive north of Brisbane, the closest airport being the Sunshine Coast airport (otherwise known as Maroochydore airport).

More information on the location can be found at: alexpark.com.au

BOOKINGS

The cost of camp includes the full weeks accommodation and full catering. Rooms are either en-suite rooms or shared facilities and will be allocated dependent upon bookings. The Twin Room price below is for a guaranteed twin share room with en-suite:

Adult (18+) …………………. $615
Twin Room (with Ensuite) … $740 (per person)
Student (14-17) ……………. $540
Young People (9-13) ………. $460
Children (3-8) ………………. $307.50
Pre-School (0-2) ……………. Free

A pensioner providing a copy of a current Australian Government issued Pensioner Concession Card will be eligible for $50 off the adult or twin share rate per pensioner.

Note that the camp doesn’t provide pillows or blankets except as part of a hired linen set.

Extras and other costs are as follows:
Linen Hire (includes sheets, a towel, a blanket and a pillow) .. $29.40
Day Visitors (with no meals) ….. $25
Day Visitors (with 1 meal) ……. $40
Day Visitors (with 2 meals) …… $60
Day Visitors (with 3 meals) …… $80

The deposit required to secure a booking for the Camp is:

$100 per person
$300 for a family group

The booking form can be found here.

The day visitor booking form can be found here.

An expression of interest form is here.

Each camper with a specific dietary requirement will need to complete a Dietary Requirements Form, which can be found here.

If any of the campers on your booking suffer from anaphylaxis you need to email through their action plan to Chris Kendrick at kendrickau@hotmail.com in addition to completing the dietary requirements form.

To confirm your booking a deposit should be sent either by cheque made payable to THE NEW CHURCH IN AUSTRALIA or by Bank Transfer to:

ANZ Bank
Chifley Square
Sydney

BSB: 012-019
Account no: 2264 17589
Please note our branch and BSB number have changed.

*** If electronically sending the deposit you need to fill in SURNAME and CAMP DEPOSIT in the reference.***

Deposit and final numbers are required by 1st September 2017.

Final payment will be required by 1st December 2017 and can be paid by the same method as the deposit.

If you have any booking queries please contact Chris Kendrick at:

Chris Kendrick
PO Box 3074
Alice Springs NT 0871
Email: kendrickau@hotmail.com
Phone: 0427 397 701

SUBSIDIES

Some are available and the amount will be offset against the total cost. To get a subsidy you need to apply by 1st September 2017 to either:

NEW CHURCH IN AUSTRALIA
NCIA Board
c/o Chris Kendrick
PO Box 3074, ALICE SPRINGS, NT, 0871
Email: kendrickau@hotmail.com
Phone: 0427 397 701

GENERAL CHURCH
Mr Murray Heldon
35 O’Brien’s Rd, HURSTVILLE, NSW, 2220
Email: murrayheldon@optusnet.com.au
Phone: (02) 9579 5428

GETTING TO CAMP

You should aim to arrive at camp after 3.00pm, if you are before that time the site may not be open or ready for us.

Camp will conclude with a closing service, possibly on the beach, on Sunday 7th January, lunch is not provided on the last day.

If you are arriving by car, directions will be included within the camp booklet.

If you are traveling by public transport travel then there are some alternative suggestions by clicking on this page: travel & activity suggestions

OTHER INFORMATION

The Alexandra Park Conference Centre is a nut free site and so campers need to be aware that any supplementary foods they decide to bring to camp must not contain nuts.

If you have any other queries about camp please contact:

Carolyn Heldon
30 Sea Foam Avenue
Thirroul NSW 2515
Email: carolynheldon@gmail.com
Phone: 0434 581 994

ACTIVITIES AROUND AND ABOUT

There is a list of suggested afternoon and outing day activities on this page: travel & activity suggestions

THE CAMP PROGRAM

If you have been at a camp before you will know the general run of the program of our camps.

We gather in the mornings and divide into age groups after morning tea.

Our camp sessions are generally led by the ministers at the camp.

In the late afternoons, there are optional sessions which anyone can offer and lead.

We usually have the middle day – Thursday – of camp as the outing day and offer a choice of things to do.

Onsite or offsite activities are available in the afternoons and we offer a range of activities in the evenings.

Each day begins and ends with a time of devotion.

There is free time to mix and mingle with each other.

A Camp Book is sent out to people who are coming, about a month before the start of the camp. All the essential information is given in the Camp Booklet, but we can also answer your questions if you contact us.

Alexandra Park Family Camp 2018 – Travel & Activity Suggestions

GETTING TO CAMP

Travel by public transport from either Brisbane or the closer Sunshine Coast (Maroochydore) Airport is easily achieved as noted below.

Further details, including times of trains etc can be found easily on the Translink website at: jp.translink.com.au/plan-your-journey/journey-planner.

or by downloading their app, see the details at: translink.com/plan-your-journey/mytranslink. This app can also alert you on your journey when you are close to getting off!!

Domestic Airport in Brisbane to Alexandra Headland Beach

This is a 6 zone plus Airtrain journey. Cost approx $40 for an adult and $30 for a concession.

TRAIN – from Airport to Eagle Junction Station. Travel time about 11 minutes.
TRAIN – change at Eagle Junction Station to Sunshine Coast (Ipswich via Brisbane) to Landsborough Station. Travel time about 1 hour, 12 minutes.
BUS – Landsborough Route 615 to Alexandra Headland Beach. Get off at stop 301506 which is on Alexandra Parade just south of Mari St. Right near Alex Surf Supporters Club and Mandolin Seafoods.

Sunshine Coast Airport (Maroochydore) to Alexandra Headlands Beach

It is probably would be easier to just get a taxi. Quicker and not really that much dearer, especially if it’s for 2 or more people.

TAXI – takes around 15 minutes and will cost between $20-$30.
If you comfortable using it, there are also UBER services that suggest a cost of approx $21.

Otherwise by Bus, the cost is about $11

BUS – Route 622 towards Maroochydore Station. Travel time about 21 minutes.
BUS – Route 616 to stop 301507 on Alexandra Parade. Closest to Mari St, just to the south.

Brisbane CBD to Alexandra Headlands Beach
Perhaps you are staying for NYE in Brisbane.

Adult fare around $20, concession $10

TRAIN – from Central Station on the Sunshine Coast Line to Landsborough Station. Travel time about 1 hour, 21 minutes.
BUS – ROUTE 615 – same as above if coming from the airport.

ACTIVITIES AROUND AND ABOUT

For afternoons and the outing day in the middle of the camp, the following activities are available within a reasonable distance from the campsite, some being reachable by the stated public transport. Further information can be found at the websites quoted, check them for up to date details for all prices and opening times, you may also find prices online are cheaper for some:

Laserzone
laserzone.com.au

Open 7 days: 9am to late
3 Main Drive, Warana
9.6kms from camp – about 14 minutes drive

Bus: Translink 600 – takes about 31 minutes

Missions go every 12 minutes. There is a games arcade and also a laser web room (laser grid to get through)

Prices (per person)
Single mission $12.00
Fri & Sat night 5.30pm – 9pm – $28.00
Tues groups of 5+ $20.00

Sunshine Castle
sunshinecastle.com

Open 7 days: 9.30pm to 4.30pm
292 David Low Way, Bli Bli (enter cross Bli Bli Rd)
13.4km from camp – 13 minutes drive

Bus: Translink 600 & 612 – takes about 32 minutes

Australia’s largest castle, medieval museum and tourist attaction. Café available.

Prices (per person)
Adult $18.00
Senior/Student $12.00
Family 2 adults/1 child $38.00, 2 adults/2 children $48.00, 2 adults/3 children $56.00, 2 adults/4 children $63.00
extra kids $7.00

Big Kart Track
bigkart.com.au

Open Sunday-Thursday: 9am to 5pm
Open Friday-Sunday: 9am to 10pm (junior track closes at 5pm)
2310 Steve Irwin Way, Landsborough
25.1km from camp – 24 minutes drive

Largest go-Kart track in Australia

152cm plus and 12 years for large track
7 year plus for junior track
3-6 year olds plus adult in double car
Under 18’s need to be with at least one over 18

Prices (per person)
Adult track
15 minutes $45.00
30 minutes $70.00
extra 15 minutes $30.00
Junior track
10 minutes $20.00
10 minutes double kart (small kid/adult) $25.00

Ginger Factory
gingerfactory.com.au

Open 7 days: 9am to 5pm
50 Pioneer Rd, Yandina
27.8kms from camp – 24 minutes drive

Rides, bee/honey tour, ginger factory tour, café

Prices
Free admission to park but then additional costs depending on what you want to do
Rides pass starts at $17.00

Aussie World
aussieworld.com.au

Open 7 days: 9.30am, rides open 10.00am, closes at 4pm
73 Frizzo Rd, Palmview
15.5kms from camp – 15 minutes drive

Bus: Translink 615 – about 35 minutes

19 rides plus 9 other attractions, mazes and mini golf

Prices (cheaper online)
Adult $40.00
Senior/pensioner $33.00
Family of 4 (2 adults/2 children or 1 adult/3 children) $144.00
Family of 5 (2 adults/3 children or 1 adult/4 children) $175.00

Bellingham Maze
bellmaze.com

Open 7 days: 9.30am to 4.30pm
274 Tanawha Tourist Drive, Tanawha
13.2kms from camp – 13 minutes drive

80m x 80m star maze
Dwarf quiz
Harry Potter quiz
Rope maze
Tyre maze
Wooden maze
Scrabble game
2 par mini golf
café with brain teasers and puzzles

Prices (per person – mazes and mini golf)
Adult $20.00
Child $18.15
Concession $19.05
Check website for various options

Top Shots Fun Park
topshotsfunpark.com.au

Open Monday–Thursday: 9am to 5pm
Open Friday & Saturday & School Holidays: 9am to 9pm
Rides open at 10am
2 Allora Drive, Maroochydore
6.1km from camp – 10 minutes drive

Variety of rides and 18 hole golf course

Prices
18 hole golf
Under 16 $7.90
Student $10.90
Adult $11.90
Combo – 2x rides plus golf – $20.00
Combo – 5x rides plus golf – $25.00
Combo – unlimited rides and golf – $30.00

The Many Children of the Manse

This article grew out of a remark that we now have two daughters of the Manse heading up major European powers. The Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel’s father was a Lutheran Minister and the newly elected British PM, Theresa May’s father was a vicar. Incidentally it is reported that they both attend Church regularly.

The full article can be read in the September 2016 edition of The New Age, click here.

2017 Family Camp Activities

Following are details about the outdoor activities that will be available at camp. Most are minimum age of 9 (year 4).

We are in the process of organising some of these outdoor activities which are led by the camp at The Tops.

We can do four of these options, they are included in the price of camp.

Let’s put it to a vote!

Abseiling
Archery
Climbing tower
Giant swing
High ropes

To provide your preference please either visit the camp Facebook event here or contact Carolyn Heldon at carolynheldon@gmail.com.

Abseiling
Archery
Climbing Tower
Giant Swing
High Ropes

Stanwell Tops Family Camp 2017

Sunday January 1st to Saturday January 7th 2017

Stanwell Tops is in New South Wales, about one hour’s drive south of Sydney. The 2017 family camp will be held at The Tops Conference Centre on the Grevillea Site.

The Tops Conference Centre is set on 200 acres of pristine bushland, nestled above Stanwell Park Beach.

More information on the location can be found at: thetops.com.au

BOOKINGS

The cost of camp includes the full weeks accommodation, full catering and four outdoor activities:

Adult (18+) ……………. $550
Student (14-17) ………. $480
Young People (9-13) ….. $415
Children (3-8) …………. $275
Pre-School (0-2) ……….. Free

The deposit required to secure a booking for the Camp is:

$100 per person
$300 for a family group

The booking form can be found here.

An expression of interest form is here.

Each camper with a specific dietary requirement will need to complete a Dietary Requirements Form, which can be found here.

To confirm your booking a deposit should be sent either by cheque made payable to THE NEW CHURCH IN AUSTRALIA or by Bank Transfer to:

ANZ Bank
Cnr Pitt & Hunter Streets
Sydney

BSB: 012-003
Account no: 2264 17589

*** If electronically sending the deposit you need to fill in SURNAME and CAMP DEPOSIT in the reference.***

Deposit and final numbers are required by 1st September 2016.

Final payment will be required by 1st December 2016 and can be paid by the same method as the deposit.

If you have any booking queries please contact Chris Kendrick at:

Chris Kendrick
PO Box 3074
Alice Springs NT 0871
Email: kendrickau@hotmail.com
Phone: 0427 397 701

SUBSIDIES

Some are available and the amount will be offset against the total cost. To get a subsidy you need to apply to either:

NEW CHURCH IN AUSTRALIA
Rev. Julian Duckworth
4 Shirley Rd, ROSEVILLE, NSW, 2069
Email: julian@duckworth.me
Phone: (02) 9416 7026

GENERAL CHURCH
Mr Murray Heldon
35 O’Brien’s Rd, HURSTVILLE, NSW, 2220
Email: murrayheldon@optusnet.com.au
Phone: (02) 9579 5428

OTHER INFORMATION

If you have any other queries about camp please contact:

Carolyn Heldon
30 Sea Foam Avenue
Thirroul NSW 2515
Email: carolynheldon@gmail.com
Phone: 0434 581 994

THE CAMP PROGRAM

If you have been at a camp before you will know the general run of the program of our camps.

We gather in the mornings and divide into age groups after morning tea.

Our camp sessions are generally led by the ministers at the camp.

In the late afternoons, there are optional sessions which anyone can offer and lead.

We usually have the middle day – Thursday – of camp as the outing day and offer a choice of things to do.

Onsite or offsite activities are available in the afternoons and we offer a range of activities in the evenings.

Each day begins and ends with a time of devotion.

There is free time to mix and mingle with each other.

A Camp Book is sent out to people who are coming, about a month before the start of the camp. All the essential information is given in the Camp Booklet, but we can also answer your questions if you contact us.

NCIA 2016 Assembly

NCIA Assembly on 6-7 May 2016 at Greenhills Centre, Canberra.

We will have the Annual General Meeting followed by the Assembly where members can share thoughts and concerns about the future of the organised New Church in Australia and New Zealand.

The following sermon and paper is provided to give attendees some thought provoking material to read and reflect on prior to the assembly:

Church and The Human Form

Spiritual Currents: Theistic Science, Scientific Materialism, And The New Jerusalem Come Down To Earth