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Forthcoming Events

Sat 2 Sep 2017, Life Discovery Event, event details

Sat 7 Oct 2017, Life Discovery Event, event details

Sat 11 Nov 2017, Discovery First Saturday, event details

Sat 2 Dec 2017, Life Discovery Event, event details


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Frequently Asked Questions

Who Are Life Discovery? What church or denomination do you represent?

All this sounds very expensive. How can everyone afford to attend?

Are there any basic rules of attendance?

What kind of response have you had to your work so far?

How can I send guests?

How many people are involved in this work?

Do you give guests the opportunity to make up their own minds?

Can people get practically involved?

What if we can't get a group of people together?

How many people 'get saved' on your days?

Aren't programmes like this already available elsewhere?

Isn't this a youth programme?

Will our guests be 'preached at' & what will you be telling them?

Who Are Life Discovery? What church or denomination do you represent? top

Life Discovery doesn't represent any particular church or Christian denomination, nor does it seek to convert or push people towards any church or denomination. It's simply a Christian charity made up of volunteers from Christian churches all around the South East who want to do something about the way their faith is communicated and give ordinary people 'space to think' about the real issues that go with having a relationship with God. Life Discovery team members are unpaid and all give their time and their own money to make these days possible. Many would agree that a day spent karting, jet skiing, mud buggy driving, paintballing or even kayaking would represent life lived to the full. Most would also agree however, that really being able to live life to the full is about something much deeper. Being able perhaps to properly answer life's key questions - Why Do I Exist?, What's My Purpose & Does My Life Matter? So on a Life Discovery day, we try and enable our guests to look at - and live - life to the full on both levels. They won't be preached at: we just want to offer some answers for guests to consider to some of life's key questions.

All this sounds very expensive. How can everyone afford to attend? top

Very simply because we do everything we can cost-wise to enable people to come. We have a low suggested donation figure of £38 a head (whether the guest attending is Christian or non-Christian) which, given that it includes lunch, dinner, drinks, kit and all activities, is less than it actually costs us to run the day (one reason why we give people an additional opportunity to contribute at the end). If a host or a guest can't afford this, then we can discuss with them a number of ways of subsidising attendance so that money need never be a barrier to someone being able to attend a day. Many Christians bringing guests pay on behalf of those non-Christian guests to make the day free of charge to them. Others feel it's important to place a monetary value on the event.

What kind of response have you had to your work so far? top

Our vision for this work has now been tested over a number of years, first with the Karting For Life programme launched in 1992, followed with a sister programme, Watersports For Life, established in 1997. Then came the Xtreme Mudsports For Life programme in 2002 followed by the Paintballing For Life programme that was launched in 2006. We have seen some wonderful results from the work. Many people have become Christians on the day themselves, but many more have gone away with the friend, relative or work colleague who brought them, their prejudices about Christianity shattered.

Are there any basic rules of attendance? top

Only two. We only subsidise guest attendance for those prepared to stay for the entire event, including the evening talk. We cannot accept guest bookings or guest attendance on the day for any not able to do this, so hosts need to ensure that the people they bring are properly briefed before the event. The second rule is that guests must obviously comply with the various safety rules that will be made clear by instructors during the day.

How can I send guests? top

It's easy: just call us on 01293 823823 (weekday mornings - booking line & general inquiries) or better still email us on lynne@lifediscovery.co.uk. Or you can view and book all our events online in our events section. All guests must be eighteen years of age or over. Though we'll happily accept individual bookings from anybody, our preferred approach is to establish a working relationships with a church, individual or Christian organisations. This will enable us to allocate in advance a set number of places on each event, reducing the possibility of disappointment and allowing us to budget for numbers in advance. We ask a suggested donation figure of £35 per head [whether the guest is Christian or not], 50% of which is payable in advance to guarantee the booking (cheques payable to 'Life Discovery'). No booking can be guaranteed without a deposit.

Please note: Once a deposit is placed to guarantee a set number of guests, the remaining donation fee is payable for that number, regardless of the number groups actually arrive with on the day.

How many people are involved in this work? top

It takes many men and women to operate each activity programme. They're all volunteers, giving up their spare time to make these days possible. Our guests just can't believe the amount of effort that is put in or how exited the team is about doing it.

Do you give guests the opportunity to make up their own minds? top

Absolutely. At the beginning of each day we show a video which presents the ministry and our motivation for doing what we do. We are totally honest with our guests right from the word go and we make it clear that the only reason we go to such expense and lengths to run the days is because of faith and our desire to communicate it in a relevant way.

Many would agree that a day spent karting, jet skiing, mud buggy driving, paintballing or kayaking would represent life lived to the full. Most would also agree however, that really being able to live life to the full is about something much deeper. Being able perhaps to properly answer life's key questions - Why Do I Exist?, What's My Purpose & Does My Life Matter? So on a Life Discovery day, we try and enable our guests to look at - and live - life to the full on both levels. They won't be preached at: we just want to offer some answers for guests to consider to some of life's key questions.

We address those life questions throughout a day that finishes with a Gospel message from an Evangelist who all the guests will have had fun with throughout the event. We try and make sure that the Gospel message is clear, challenging and relevant and we have our own booklet for guests to take away - 'Exploding The Myths' - that answers common questions people have about the Christian faith. This is part of our 'Life Changing Stuff' pack which also includes 'stuff' to view (a DVD with some short films) and 'stuff' to listen to (the Gospel of John on CD). We have our own pool of speakers from various strong Christian backgrounds and are happy to put potential guest hosts in touch with them prior to the event to discuss the message being communicated. We do ask our speakers not to 'water down' the message but simply to speak as the Bible tells it. To get an idea of the kind of presentation we give, drop us a note and we'll send you an audio CD of a typical talk. Apart from that, if people want to ask about our faith, they can. Otherwise they are free to enjoy the activities we offer them.

Can people get practically involved? top

Yes of course. Our programmes are run entirely due to efforts and giving of Christians who have been led to an involvement in this work.

We run the ministry in faith that the Lord will continue to bring us the people we need. People who can instruct. People who can administrate and project manage. People who can cook. People who can provide the proper clothing. People who have caravans or hospitality units or who can provide transport. People who simply want to support us with financial gifts.

Certainly, those who've been involved with us so far, either practically or financially, have found this ministry an exciting opportunity for reaching people with the Gospel - often people they never thought it possible to reach.

What if we can't get a group of people together? top

You don't have to book a whole day or a large chunk of places. In fact, we'd rather people use our ministry on an ongoing basis for smaller numbers of people.

How many people 'get saved' on your days? top

To be honest, this indicates a misconception of what we're doing. People who are ready to 'get saved' really shouldn't be on one of our days - the local church can deal with them.

Our days are geared towards the needs of hard-core non-Christians who need the ice broken before they will be receptive to the gospel. They also need a relationship with a Christian that's stronger than on a surface level: our days are about relationship-building.

Aren't programmes like this already available elsewhere? top

Not to our knowledge. The way we do our activities, it's a once-in-a-lifetime day out with a secular cost that would normally be several hundred pounds a head. Even where a church or group does organise a day out along these lines, it won't be with a Christian organisation all of whose staff are Christian and ready to share the Gospel. Nor will the equipment, the standard of instruction or the time available be anything like as good.

Isn't this a youth programme? top

No, it isn't. This is an adult ministry with a minimum age limit of 18 (but no upper age limit!).

Will our guests be 'preached at' & what will you be telling them? top

That's not our intention in any way.

Many would agree that a day spent karting, jet skiing, mud buggy driving, paintballing or kayaking would represent life lived to the full. Most would also agree however, that really being able to live life to the full is about something much deeper. Being able perhaps to properly answer life's key questions - Why Do I Exist?, What's My Purpose & Does My Life Matter? So on a Life Discovery day, we try and enable our guests to look at - and live - life to the full on both levels. They won't be preached at: we just want to offer some answers for guests to consider to some of life's key questions.

We address these questions briefly in the morning, as part of explaining what we're about, then in more detail at lunchtime (where there's also a discussion time). We then bring all the strands of our presentation together in the evening talk before the main meal, after which guests will get our booklet 'Exploding The Myths' to take away and read.

Thoughout it all, we hope that the Gospel will be briefly presented in a challenging way. We're not trying to communicate an A-Z of Christianity: just to give people a chance to think about key life issues as part of a day during which they build relationships with Christian people as a part of discovering exciting activities.

If you've more questions on this or would like to know the specific nature of the talks given, contact us here and we will send you further details.

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