Norway

This programme is focused on growing you as a disciple and includes elements of input, output, service and debrief. This programme will stretch you and offers a great opportunity to grow in relational disciple-making.

Programme
Outline

The Norway trip is 2 weeks (with an optrional extra of a third week) and combines elements of output, input and elements of rest, work & debrief. For most of the time the team will be helping to run the International Discipleship Week in Skjolden. There will also be some days at the front end of the trip in Bergen. Through this programme we aim to grow you as disciples and help you to develop in drawing alongside and helping others.

Deadline: 31 March 2019

When

The team will initially spend some days in Bergen on the Mon 22 July. This is something of an orientation to Norway as well as a chance to interact with people from the local Nav ministries. The team will then travel to Skjolden early on Fri 27 Jul to plan and run Discipleship Week which runs from Sat 27 July to Sat 3 August. The programme will finish with a few days debrief and evaluation before leaving through Bergen on Tues 6 August. There is another programme (a God Seeking Week) at Elvheim from 7-14 August which participants can also attend for an additional week (not covered in costs). Tickets should not be purchased without direction from the programme leader.

At least one month prior to the trip there will be an Orientation Day which successful applicants must attend; the day and the venue will be announced in due course by e-mail.

Where

The trip will be mostly based at Elvheim Skjolden except for the first few days which will most likely be in Bergen.

In Skjolden participants will be staying at “Elvheim” which is a privately owned guest house and former hostel (www.elvheim.no). In Bergen expect to be staying either in Hostels or student flats

Who

Team size: 4-6 team members, plus 2 team leaders.  

Team Suitability: This trip is open and suitable for all students, recent graduates and Connect Workers. Over 18’s only.

Before and After

Before the trip there will be an orientation ideally face to face but failing that online. Attendance at Orientation is compulsory.

At the end of the trip there will be a team debrief we on site where we will ensure that there is space for personal and group reflection to process all that God has been teaching you during the trip.

After the trip it is also expected that you will attend a post-trip debrief session. This will be 2 to 3 weeks after you return from the trip, and is an essential component of the overseas experience.

Cost

The cost of the two week Norway programme will be £550. The optional third week is an additional £160.A detailed cost breakdown, and finalised price will be available shortly.

HOW TO PAY: Payment is upfront and payable to the Navigator Office. This price includes all accommodation, food, internal transportation, programme materials and activities. Once accepted a £150 deposit is required and payable to the Navigator Office.

EXCLUDED COSTS: Please be aware that this does not include flights to and from the UK to Norway, travel insurance and any necessary pre-departure travel (i.e. getting to the airport in the UK).

Expectations
Environment and conditions

Spending a significant proportion of time outdoors

Sleeping in a variety of different conditions (Youth Hostels, Camping, student accommodation)

This is not by any means a hiking holiday but team/group hiking will be part of the programme in Norway (if this is a problem for you please ask)

Personal and pastoral

Spending extended time alone with God, scripture memory and digging deep

Spending time in personal reflection, debrief and evaluation at the end of the trip

Being “fully present” as part of close community (limited opportunities for e-mail, internet & social media etc)

Teamwork and Leadership

Living in close, intentional community as part of an international team

Listening and learning from spiritual mentors

Respecting authority of team / programme leadership

Stepping out

Initiating relationships with different cultures

Using gifting to serve others in evangelism and discipleship

Stepping far, far out of your comfort zone!

Practicalities

This programme is run and advertised through the Navigators, Turner House, 54 The Avenue, Southampton, SO17 1XQ.

DBS Checks: Not Required

Travel Insurance: All participants are required to have suitable travel and medical insurance to cover their participation in the programme. This must include provision for medical repatriation, trip cancellation and trip disruption (e.g. due to civil unrest or volcanic ash affecting air travel). You are responsible also for supplying accurate information as required by the insurer, and communicating details of your insurance arrangements to your team leader. In the UK insurers who offer suitable insurance include Bluefin, Salt Insurance and Banner Insurance. 

Passport and Visas: UK citizens with a valid UK passport with at least 6 months remaining on it.

Applications: The deadline for applying to the programme is 31st March 2019 and we will let you know if you have been accepted within two weeks (assuming all documentation and references all received). Application is no guarantee of acceptance. Contact us for more info or complete the application form below if you’ve already made up your mind.

Emma

From Glasgow

I saw God at work powerfully as I participated in the 2018 Norway trip. During our cold-contact evangelism in Bergen a few people gave us prayer requests and it gave us the opportunity to get help one particular woman who was looking for Christian community get connected with other Christians in Bergen. In the discipleship conference around 40 people from a variety of cultures gathered together to learn about eternity and we saw God cultivating our imaginations and desires for eternity with him!

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