2019 Convention

“Then Jesus called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it.”
Mark 8:34-35

What does the way of the cross look like in the life of a believer?

Join us this August as we look at Mark’s gospel and discover what it truely means to follow Jesus.

Session 1                            9:00 – 10:45

Morning Tea (provided)   10:45 – 11.15

Session 2                            11:15 – 12:45

Lunch (options)                  12:45 – 2:00

Session 3                             2:00 – 3:15


Lunch Options

With a long lunchtime we have 3 options for you to choose from to unwind & catch up with friends. If you choose to make use of our great Food Trucks you must pre-order this option when you buy your ticket, to save time on the day.

Food Trucks at La Vida

Stay at La Vida or picnic in the park at the entrance with the salad bowl options from the Vagabond Chefs at $15 per head.

You will need to pre-order a Food Truck Voucher when you buy your ticket for this option.

You can make your choice on the day from the menu below. Their salad bowls are full of amazing flavour and super fresh ingredients. Gluten Free & Vegetarian options are included.


Vagabond Salad Bowls

a delicious mix of brown rice, beansprouts, shredded chinese cabbage, coriander
and pickled vegetables topped with your choice of…

charsui style BBQ pulled pork
with szechuan salt + sesame

Korean fried chicken
with gochuchang mayo + bulldog sauce

marinated tofu w- peanut sauce, beansprouts
+ spring onion

Notes on the menu…..
Char sui – mild Chinese style BBQ sauce
Szechuan – fragrant Asian style seasoning pepper
Gochuchang – mild Korean style chilli, tangy and delicious
Bulldog sauce – Japanese equivalent to ketchup (not made from bulldogs)

Bring your own

Stay at La Vida or picnic in the park at the entrance with your own nutritious homemade creation.


Walk to Church Corner 

Head down with some friends and buy from one of the many eateries down the road, including Sushi, Chinese, Burger Places, Subway, Cafés, Noodle houses, Mediterranean & Restaurants. The walk takes about 6 minutes.

We will provide you with a map and options in your booklet on the day.


Carrie Sandom – associate minister for women and pastoral care at St. John Church, Tunbridge Wells, U.K. 

Carrie has been the Associate Minister for Women and Pastoral Care at St. John’s Church in the UK. She has served in women’s and student ministry for almost 20 years. Carrie is currently the Director of Women’s Ministry at Cornhill, a course equipping people to understand and teach God’s word, she both teaches and tutors on the course. She speaks often at conferences around the world. She is also the author of ‘Different by Design: God’s Blueprint for Men and Women’. 

La Vida Centre, Christchurch

A créche room is available for mums with babies.

Wednesday 28th August         Discipling  Women           

How do we disciple one another and love one another? How can we encourage each other and be intentional in our conversations with each other? What does one to one ministry involve and how can we speak the truth to one another in love?


Monday 2nd September          Biblical Womanhood        

What does Biblical womanhood look like in the 21st century? Why is it so important and what impact will it have on our own growth, our families and our churches?