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This blog brings you short updates about the people and ministries associated with Calvary Chapel Scandinavia (CCS). Tip us about good stories at csu@calvarychapel.dk or via Facebook or Twitter (twitter.com/ccscandinavia).

Friday, September 14, 2018

Stream or download Bible teachings from 2018 conference

All teachings from this summer's Calvary Chapel Scandinavia conference are available in audio format. Here's where to go to download or stream.

In the last week of July 2018, the 20th consecutive Calvary Chapel (CC) Scandinavia conference took place in Sweden, gathering believers from CC-related ministries from all over the region (click here to read more).

If you missed the conference or want to re-visit the Bible teachings from that conference, where a number of invited guest speakers and local pastors taught through the Book of Nehemiah, then look no further.

Click here to access links to the audio recordings of all main sessions and workshops from the 2018 CC Scandinavia conference, which took place in Sweden in July.


Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Uplifting lessons from Nehemiah for churches of the North

In what will go down as the hottest CC Scandinavia conference ever, 160+ people with invested hearts in Bible-teaching ministry in Scandinavia defied 33C/90F degree temperatures in central Sweden to meet for four and a half days of fellowship, worship, prayer and a Bible study through the Book of Nehemiah.

For the third consecutive year the lakeside conference venue Hjälmargaarden near Vingåker, Sweden provided the setting for this year's annual Calvary Chapel Scandinavia Conference. Guest speakers were pastors Miles DeBenedictis, Stan Marinussen, Darrel Wilmoth and Kurt Ibbotson, who were joined by local speakers Bob Pecoraro and Joel Wickström to teach through the Book of Nehemiah from Wednesday to Sunday.

Record-high attendance was matched by record-high temperatures at this conference, which was the 20th consecutive regional conference for Calvary Chapel-related ministries in Scandinavia.

"This really was a hot conference - not just weather-wise. Hearts were fired up as God ministered to people individually and 'congregationally'. For us as organizers, it always warms our hearts to see so many people get together with one shared vision and burden for God's Word being taught in Scandinavia. As we studied through Nehemiah, we were reminded of how God is building something robust here in this region year by year in spite of lots of opposition," says member of the conference organizer team, Daniel Jacobsen.

Teachings available soon
Among the attendees this year were members of Calvary fellowships and ministries in Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Norway as well as visiting missionaries and supporters from other parts of Europe as well as the U.S.

As in recent years, the worship sessions were led by Mark Walsh from CC Bible Institute in New Zealand, while Kurt Ibbotson from CC Leipzig in Germany had once again brought a team of children's ministry helpers to teach and serve the ever-growing number of kids in the Scandinavian Calvary-community. A team of helpers from Front Range, Colorado supported the conference through practical service as in recent years, much to the blessing and edification of the organizers and attendees.

Soon all the conference Bible studies and most of the workshop teachings will be published online, so stay tuned on this blog for an update when they are ready for download or streaming.

Reactions and interviews with this year's guest speakers will be published on this blog in the coming week.

Click here or scroll down to watch a short video from this year's conference.







 
2018 Conference from Calvary Chapel Scandinavia on Vimeo.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Sign up for 2018 Scandinavian conference

The Calvary Chapel Scandinavia conference 2018 will take place on July 25th-29th near the Swedish town of Vingåker, and registration for all available types of accommodation is now open. Sign up now to secure your accommodation of choice.

The Calvary Chapel Scandinavia conference will celebrate its 20th anniversary this summer as it continues to bring people together from across the Nordic region who share a passion for seeing Jesus and the Scriptures spread to as many people as possible in Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway. Here are some important pieces of information about this year's conference - and how to sign up:

THE VENUE
For the third year in a row, the venue is a campsite called Hjälmargården not far from the Swedish town of Vingåker.

The conference site is located by a lake and offers plenty of outdoor space for activities, incl. canoeing, ball games, miniature golf, playgrounds for kids, etc.

THE TEACHING
A line-up of invited guest pastors and local speakers will teach through the Book of Nehemiah. The conference will also offer specific workshops on topics that are highly relevant to our daily lives as Christians. All teaching will be in English.

THE TEACHERS
This year we welcome four guest speakers to teach alongside local ministry leaders from Scandinavia. These guest speakers are pastors Miles DeBenedictis (Cross Connection Church in California, USA), Mark Walsh (CC New Zealand), Stan Marinussen (CC Cross Culture in the Netherlands) and Darrel Wilmoth (Front Range Calvary Chapel in Colorado, USA).

THE TIMING
Please note that the "Arrival and registration" takes place on Wednesday (July 25th) between 4pm and 7pm. The first worship and teaching session starts at 7:30pm.

IMPORTANT: Please note that due to people's differing arrival times, the Wednesday evening dinner is NOT included in the attendance prices listed below. Nor will there be lunch served on Sunday after the last morning session.

THE PRICE
At this summer's conference, your attendance price will depend on what type of accommodation you choose. You can find more information about available accommodation options by clicking the sign up link below, but the overall price structure is as follows:

All children aged 0 to 12 (both ages included) attend free of charge, regardless of your choice of accommodation.

The following prices apply to all attendees aged 13 or older, covering all cost for accommodation, access to all conference facilities, as well as breakfast, lunch, dinner and refreshments ("fika") throughout the conference (except Wednesday dinner and Sunday lunch):

Tent - 800 SEK pr adult
Bring your own tent or camper, we provide you with a camp spot and access to toilets and showers)

Bed in dorm room - 1100 SEK pr person
Children aged 0 to 12 cannot be signed up for dorm rooms. Rooms are gender divided and contain two bunk beds, so you will be bunking with up to three other people. Limited living space, but a roof over your head, and a bed to sleep in. Access to toilets and showers, which are located in a separate building.

Private room without bathroom - 1500 SEK pr adult
Available for single occupants, married couples, friends (of same gender) who wish to share a room, single parents with their kid(s), or similar. Room size varies depending on how many people you are. Toilets and showers are in a separate building.

Private room with bathroom - 1800 SEK pr adult
Available for two or more occupants, not for single occupants. These rooms usually have two bunk beds and its own private bathroom. These rooms come with access to a shared kitchen with a fridge and microwave. Also, suitably for families with up to 2 children.

Family cabin - 2000 SEK pr adult
Available for families of four or more. These are small cabins with 2-4 bunk beds (holds a total of 4-8 people) and a little more floor space for the kids to play on. Most of them come with a kitchenette including a fridge and microwave. At the outset, these cabins are available only to families with two or more children. Should any cabins still be available to book at the time of the conference, these will be offered to smaller families (based on date of registration).

NEW: When signing up, an additional fee of 250 SEK will be required (for every person over 13 years of age that you want to sign up) to complete your registration. More info on pricing when you click the sign up link below.

HOW TO SIGN UP
If you want to attend this conference, please CLICK HERE to fill out the official registration form and click the "submit registration" link afterwards to complete your registration.

IMPORTANT: Please note that the deadline for paying your attendance fee is June 15th. When you register, we will send you a confirmation email with payment details. It is not possible to pay in cash when you arrive.

MORE INFO
All who sign up will receive an email with specific transport directions and the official conference program. Until then, if you have questions that aren't answered on this page, please feel free to email us at conf@calvarychapel.dk or look us up on Facebook (Calvary Chapel Scandinavia).

We hope to see you at the conference this summer!

Please note that the Calvary Chapel Scandinavia Team cannot assist or vouch for any participants in any visa application process (if you require special visas to enter Sweden due to your citizenship you must provide this on your own).

Saturday, January 20, 2018

The Calvary Scandinavia women's retreat is back!

Any and all women connected to the Bible-teaching ministries here in Scandinavia are welcome to join us as we revive the Calvary Scandinavia women's retreat on May 4th-6th 2018.

Guest speakers are Inga-Lill Guzik and Kathy Morales, who will teach through Ephesians 3. The retreat will take place at the venue STF Hjo Hostel in the town of Hjo, Sweden from Friday May 4th to Sunday May 6th.

The attendance price is 1000 SEK pr. person, which includes food and lodging for the weekend.

Sign up as early as possible and no later than April 6th by sending an email including your full name, age, nationality (and potential food sensitivities and/or allergies) to roxanne@calvaryskovde.se

"We are looking forward to a blessed time of fellowship and Bible teaching with a bunch of likeminded ladies. We are excited that Inga-Lill and Kathy are able to come and spend time us, and we hope as many women as possible will be able to find the time and means to go to this," says co-organizer of this year's women's retreat, Roxanne Fuchs.

The title of the retreat is "Rooted & Grounded". Click thumbnail on right-hand side for more info.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Passion for Christ revitalized at Scandinavian conference

The 19th annual Calvary Chapel Scandinavia conference took place this past week at a venue in central Sweden as 120+ people from CC-related ministries in Finland, Denmark, Sweden and Norway got together to strengthen and refresh each other through prayer, worship, Bible studies and like-minded fellowship, fun and ferver. 

Through a close look at the passion of Christ, the passion for Christ was revived in attendees from across the Nordic region as a tight-knit regional congregation studied through John 12-21 at the Calvary Chapel Scandinavia conference 2017.

For the second year running, the conference was held at the Swedish lakeside camp and conference venue Hjälmargaarden, located 2 hours southwest of Stockholm. Running from Wednesday to Sunday (July 26th-30th), the conference continued a series of studies from John’s Gospel as taught by guest pastors David Guzik, Mark Walsh and Darrel Wilmoth along with a few local speakers, having taken attendees through the first half of that gospel account at the previous year’s conference.

As with all previous Scandinavian conferences, God was at work both in and between the sanctuary sessions, every day of the conference included sermons, worship sessions, prayer meetings, mealtime fellowship, and the famous Swedish “fika” (coffee and/or refreshments). The atmosphere throughout the conference was one of friends reuniting for a short, intense and much-treasured window of time. 

“Many of us only meet once a year. But when we do, something special happens. God is present in a strong way and never fails to refill us with a real sense of His love, vision and protection. I think many of the people who keep coming back to these conference do so because these gatherings are essential to us carrying on in ministry on such spiritually hostile soil as the Scandinavian. We are re-charged in a special way by huddling with like-minded, on-mission peers in Christ. The friendships up here in the Nordic region are strong, and this conference always reflects that. It sends us back with heads high, hearts honed and hungry,” says Bob Pecoraro, pastor of Calvary Chapel Turku and one of the conference organizers.

Familiar pastors return to serve
The conference was organized by a group of voluntary local ministry leaders with on-the-ground support from missions’ teams from Front Range, Colorado and Leipzig, Germany - respectively led by pastors Darrel Wilmoth and Kurt Ibbotson.

It was the 19th consecutive annual Scandinavian conference, initially started back in the late 1990's by a small group of pastors with a heart for the region, including David Guzik, who this year returned as a guest speaker after a rare 3-year absence, along with his wife Inga-Lill.

The worship sessions at the conference this year were led by Mark Walsh from Calvary Chapel Bible Institute in New Zealand, who served at his sixth Scandinavian conference.

This year's conference also included two baby dedications, a series of topical workshops, and the fun CCS conference tradition of the Viking Games (see video here).

You can download or stream the teachings from this year's conference at www.calvarychapel.dk

Click here or scroll down to see the official video of the 2017 Calvary Chapel Scandinavia conference.







2017 Conference from Calvary Chapel Scandinavia on Vimeo.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Sign up for the 2017 CC Scandinavia conference

The Calvary Chapel Scandinavia conference will return to its usual timing of late July but will remain at its new venue near the Swedish town of Vingåker in 2017. The dates are July 26th-30th, and attendees are encouraged to SIGN UP SOON before all bedrooms are booked.

After a three-year absence, pastor David Guzik is already confirmed as one of the guest speakers at this summer's Calvary Chapel Scandinavia conference, which is set to take place on July 26th to 30th (Wednesday to Sunday) near Vingåker, Sweden. He will be joined by other familiar faces behind the pulpit, as the Calvary Scandinavia family unites for its annual summer gathering.

THE VENUE
The 2017 venue is a campsite called Hjälmergården not far from the Swedish town of Vingåker and is located by a lake and offers bedroom cabins, dorm rooms as well as available outdoor space for tents and camping trailers.

THE TEACHING
At the 2017 conference a line-up of invited guest pastors and local speakers will teach through the second half of the Gospel According to John. The conference will also offer specific workshops on topics that are highly relevant to our daily lives as Christians. All teaching will be in English.

THE TEACHERS
This year we welcome three guest speakers to teach alongside local ministry leaders from Scandinavia. These guest speakers are pastors David Guzik (CC Santa Barbara in California, USA), Mark Walsh (CC New Zealand) and Darrel Wilmoth (Front Range Calvary Chapel in Colorado, USA).

THE TIMING
Please note that the "Arrival and registration" takes place on Wednesday (July 26th) between 4pm and 7pm. The first worship and teaching session starts at 7:30pm.

IMPORTANT: Please note that due to people's differing arrival times, the Wednesday evening dinner is NOT included in the attendance prices listed below.

THE PRICE
At this summer's conference, you can choose between a private bedroom (married couples, families or people with physical disabilities have first priority in case of simultaneous overbooking), same-gender dorm rooms or outdoor space to set up self-brought tent.

The attendance price covers accommodation, access to all conference activities and all meals throughout the conference for each person.

If you sign up no later than May 1st, the attendance prices are:

Private bedroom - 1800 SEK pr adult (children aged 12 or less attend for free)
Bed in dorm room - 1200 SEK pr adult (kids not an option in dorm rooms)
Tent - 1200 SEK pr adult (children aged 12 or less attend for free)

If you sign up after May 1st, the attendance prices are:

Private bedroom - 2000 SEK pr adult (children aged 12 or less attend for free)
Bed in dorm room - 1400 SEK pr adult (kids not an option in dorm rooms)
Tent - 1400 SEK pr adult (children aged 12 or less attend for free)


HOW TO SIGN UP
If you want to attend this conference, please CLICK HERE to fill out the official registration form and click the "submit registration" link afterwards to complete your registration.

IMPORTANT: Please note that the deadline for paying your attendance fee is June 15th. When you register, we will send you a confirmation email with payment details. It is not possible to pay in cash when you arrive.

MORE INFO
All who sign up will receive an email with specific transport directions and the official conference program. Until then, if you have questions that aren't answered on this page, please feel free to email us at conf@calvarychapel.dk.

We hope to see you there!

Please note that the Calvary Chapel Scandinavia Team cannot assist or vouch for any participants in any visa application process (if you require special visas to enter Sweden due to your citizenship you must provide this on your own).

Monday, November 23, 2015

New venue chosen for Scandinavian conference in 2016

There will be a change of both venue and timing for the 2016 Calvary Chapel Scandinavia conference, which will move from early August to mid-July and from Stockholm to a campsite near the Swedish town of Vingåker. New dates are July 13th-17th.

After 7 consecutive years with the Scandinavian conferences being held at a castle-turned-boarding-school in Ekebyholm an hour's drive north of Stockholm, the organizers of the annual event is announcing a change of venue that marks the end of an era.

Following further restrictions in the availability of the Ekebyholm facilities, a decision has been made to move the 2016 conference to the pre-arranged back-up location, a campsite called Hjälmergården two and a half hour's drive southwest of Stockholm.

"We have had a great time while having the conference at Ekebyholm, which is why we've stayed there for 7 years in a row. But now more and more parts of that venue are being reserved for permanent tennants, thereby limiting the size of the venue available to us to a degree that no longer matches our needs. We have therefore had to look for another place to stage the next conference," says Joel Wickström, pastor of Calvary Stockholm and a member of the team of organizers behind the annual Scandinavian conferences.

"We are thankful for all that God has done at our conferences while at Ekebyholm, but it's time to move on and thankfully we know that God's work is not limited to certain locations," he adds.

A great place for adults and kids
The 2016 venue of Hjälmergården (we wish all our non-Scandinavian participants good luck pronouncing that name) contains many of the same facilities that were available at Ekebyholm. The campsite is not far from the Swedish town of Vingåker and is located by a lake and offers bedroom cabins as well as available outdoor space for tents and camping trailers. The conference will take place on July 13th - 17th (Wednesday evening to Sunday noon, as usual).

"It remains to be seen whether this will be a new long-term venue for us, but for now our decision is just to have the 2016 conference there. We are always considering our options and looking for alternative venues near the international hubs of Stockholm and Copenhagen, so at the moment only God knows where we'll be in 2017 and onwards," says Joel Wickström.

"I think it will be a lot of fun for all of us to gather at a new location. I've visited Hjälmergården myself, and it is a really nice place with great space for both adults and kids. The sleeping accommodations, bathrooms and shower facilities are all of high standard, and the general surroundings should create a great environment for our conference," Joel adds.

Sign up process opens in January
At the moment the organizers expect to open the sign up process by early January, and as in recent years there will be advantages to signing up early.

More specific details will be shared at that time about the venue and how to get there. For now you can read more about Hjälmergården at www.hjalmargarden.se

If anyone has questions about the 2016 conference you are welcome to contact Calvary Chapel Scandinavia on Facebook, Twitter or send an email to conf@calvarychapel.dk