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Practical Details to help your Planning for REAL

Well, we took lots of extra bookings for REAL yesterday at Kerith, which was great - and lovely to meet all you ladies! I thought it would just be helpful to post some practical details on this blog about REAL.
I like to start a new "To-Do" list on Mondays, perhaps you do too? In any case, I know many of us women do like to plan and prepare for events...and REAL is no exception!
So here's some information from Sue Ranger, our wonderful Kerith Events Manager. You may have already received this in an email, but it's worth a repeat! Let us know if you have any questions we haven't covered - we really want to serve you well and help you to fully take hold of all that God's got for you and all that we're preparing for you at REAL!

Hello Lovely Real2012 Ladies,
We are now into the final week of preparations for REAL2012, from our initial plans last year to the practical elements we are now finalising we have had so much fun creating a wonderful event to bless you all with.  We have a facebook page http://www.facebook.com/KerithREAL and a twitter account @KerithREAL2012 which will keep you up to date as we countdown these final days. 

When you arrive at the Conference you will get your REAL 2012 bag and Programme with all the practical information you will need to make the most of your time with us.  The programme also has personal stories from some women in our community to encourage and inspire you.

For now I want to give some pertinent points in advance to help you plan your day. This is a long email but please read all the way through so that you have all the information to hand.

Friday Night runs from 7:30pm to 9:30pm and we will open for Registration 6:30pm so you have time to meet your friends, grab a drink and treat before finding your seat for a prompt 7:30pm start.   One really important thing for you to know is that the Auditorium doors will shut at 7:30pm  for the opening sequence and if you are not inside at that point you will need to wait until that sequence completes before you can enter.

On Saturday we will be opening the doors at 9:00am for Registration and the first session will start at 9:30am.  We plan to end at 4:30pm on Saturday.  All the timings are now on the Kerith Website.

Secondly Getting Here - if you are coming by car, parking at The Kerith Centre on both the Friday and the Saturday will be limited to disabled badge holders only.  We simply do not have the capacity to fit everyone in. I hope that by giving you this information in advance you can plan accordingly and add a little bit into your journey time to park at one of the town centre car parks and make the short (5-10 min) walk to The Kerith Centre.  The nearest Car Park is Charles Square Multi-Storey Car Park on The Ring and more information about parking, including directions and charges can be found here on the Bracknell Forest Website. There are additional directions to us on our website www.kerith.co.uk under the “about us” tab.

If you are coming by train the nearest station is Bracknell Station and is just a 10 minute walk to The Kerith Centre.

Lunch Arrangements - We will be providing hot drinks and refreshments during breaks on both Friday and Saturday. Please make sure that you have told us if you have any dietary requirements as we don’t want anyone to miss out on a sweet treat. You will need to make your own arrangements for lunch. Your REAL Bag will contain details of places to eat or buy food in the town centre which is just a short 5-10 minute walk. Or you can bring a packed lunch and remain at The Kerith Centre, just chatting and relaxing with your friends old and new.

I hope that having some of this practical information will help you with your planning and enable your journey and arrival to be smooth and trouble free.

Social Justice @ REAL2012
This year at Real we are delighted to support Kerith Social Justice, as we “fill a handbag”.

We all have our own “handbag essentials” – perhaps yours include a mirror; some hand cream and a pretty notebook? We’ve compiled a list of 10 items to fill a handbag and would love you join with us by bringing along one or more of these to gift to another woman.   All the gifts will then be presented beautifully and given to those women connected with our community that we feel really need blessing. Women are renowned for putting their families before themselves, and buying things for themselves last, if at all. The lovely handbag treats that you bring to REAL 2012 will help us to show love to women who are facing struggles, communicating to them that they are not on their own.  The items we would like
  • Emery Boards
  • Compact Mirror
  • Hand Cream
  • Notebook
  • Pens
  • Lip Balm
  • Body Spray
  • Trolley coin (on key ring)
  • Small Umbrella
  • Folding Shopping Bag
Please don’t let this be a pressure for you, just bring along whatever you can afford to REAL2012 and hand it in when you arrive.

Finally at every REAL conference we've had the privilege of women coming not only from all around the UK, but also from a number of other nations. During the conference you're going to get to hear from a number of those women, and the impact past conferences have had on them both personally and in the churches and communities they represent.

Many of those women have come from under-resourced nations, where without help from us they'd struggle to afford the cost of attending REAL. We'd love for more people from other nations to be able to attend both REAL, and other Kerith conferences, so we're going to be taking up an offering after lunch on Saturday to help make that happen. Paul wrote to the church in Corinth "Our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard pressed, but that there might be equality. At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need” (2 Corinthians 8:13-14). Please join us as we seek to be a blessing to as many women from around the world as possible. 

We are really excited to be welcoming you here, to listen to some fantastic speakers together and to hear messages that are for every woman.  Remember if you have a friend who has not yet booked in it’s not too late – they can book online at www.kerith.co.uk , or via Kerith Reception in person (9:30am to 5:00pm during the week)  or at a 9am, 11am or 7pm  Sunday meeting or over the phone on 01344 862699.

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