Whether this will be your first Word Alive or you're starting to feel like Prestatyn is your second home, you're in for a treat!
It's a fantastic week, where we come together as a part of God's wider family, bond with with the rest of our CUs and receive teaching that will grow us in Christ's likeness.
Unsure of what to expect? Want to make the most of your time there? Here’s a handy guide to make your time there one to remember…
Whether you’re driving or looking for a lift, make your journey cheaper and make new friends by joining our Facebook group. Here you can offer or ask for car spaces. If you’re travelling via train you can also use the Facebook group to find travel buddies to meet at the station, or to give a lift at the other end.
Flex your culinary skills, put your chef’s hat on and create a meal plan for the week. Think about the size of your group, dietary requirements, and the best way to cater for everyone (why not get one chalet or a couple of people to cook for everyone each night? Or pair chalets up each day to eat together?). There are supermarkets a short drive away or you could get a grocery shop delivered – and don’t forget there are on-site food vans to give you a break from the kitchen.
As well as the obvious essentials such as your Bible, a hoodie to protect you from the ocean breeze, and earplugs in case of snoring roomies, here are some things you’ll want to consider packing:
You’ve arrived! You might want to transform your chalets into vibey living spaces. Is it even a CU event without fairy lights? How about some lamps? Maybe even a houseplant if you can fit one in your luggage.
If you’re group is spread across a few chalets, why not transform one into the ultimate hangout space and/or a designated cooking space. You could even rearrange your furniture and make the other chalets just for sleeping to avoid cutting social time short – you might want to bring airbeds for this.
There are so many great seminars, main meetings and afterhours events on, so make a rough plan so you don’t miss something. Grab a programme or download the Word Alive 2023 app for all the essential info, including the full timetable with times and locations.
You can also divide and conquer. Why not suggest members of your group go to different seminars and then you can feedback as a group at a later time.
As well as the scheduled content, there’s lots of other things on. Why not go offsite to stroll along the beach or visit the local town? Hop on down to the Hub to see all the exhibitors, and would it be a Christian conference without visiting and spending a copious amount at the 10ofthose bookstall? I think not…
Student Night: Don’t miss the Student Night in the Hub on Tuesday 4 April. You can chat with exhibitors, enter competitions, get freebies and drinks at half-price, and meet other students!
Make sure to pace yourself well and take time out, whether that’s just to have a nap, a walk along the beach, or a coffee catch up with a friend. There is lots of amazing content to digest, but don’t leave the week feeling burned out from trying to get to everything.
Left something behind? Got home and realised your house keys are sat on the windowsill of the chalet? Contact Pontins for lost property: 0871 222 0201.
Go over the notes you’ve made or catch up with people you went with and chat about your reflections. Anything you’ve learned that’s particularly struck you, challenged you, encouraged you? Anything you’ve learned that will impact CU life?
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