Raising Expectations Conference 2018

Raising Expectations
Encouraging families to live for Christ

Raising Expectations is our annual conference for the whole church. It takes place this year on Saturday 20 October, and we'll be exploring the theme of Home.

Longing for home: Many people today are lost, rootless, and experience a fragmented existence - a longing for home that goes right back to our alienation from God at the Fall. Ever since Adam and Eve, fallen men and women have been wanderers, and our longing for home is only satisfied in Christ. So how should Christian homes enable us to experience and share this blessing?

A Christ-like home: Is your home a place where Christ is honoured, a haven of laughter and hospitality? Or does it feel at times like a prison of stress and anxiety? Scripture teaches a great deal about what home should be like. So how can we cultivate the kind of homes that we love, and that others love to share with us?

The home under siege: How should we respond to the increasing threats to the integrity of Christian homes from the secular world around us?


9:30 Coffee and registration
10:00 Session 1
11:00 Coffee
11:30 Session 2
12:30 Lunch (see below)
1:30 Session 3
2:30 Tea
3:00 Session 4
4:00 Conference ends


David Field is a former Elder at Emmanuel, now living in Oxford. He has previously served as a Pastor and a theological educator, besides working for a number of years in the executive search industry. More recently he has been working in a dementia home while studying psychology and counselling. David is married to Sue, and has three adult daughters.

Steve Hayhow is an Elder at Emmanuel. He previously served as a Minister, and now works in the telecommunications industry. His interests include music, books, and classical and Christian education. A voracious reader, Steve and his wife Kris have seven children.

Steve Jeffery is the Minister at Emmanuel. He co-authored Pierced for Our Transgressions (IVP, 2007), has lectured and debated in a variety of settings, and has appeared on Premier Christian Radio and BBC Radio 4’s Beyond Belief. He and his wife Nicole have three children. In his spare time you'll find him listening to jazz, playing cricket, drinking coffee (in the morning) or scotch whisky (in the evening), and (occasionally) making tables.

Other details

Date: Saturday 20 October 2018

Venue: The Welsh Chapel, Freston Gardens, Cockfosters, London, EN4 9LY (view map). Plenty of on-street car parking is available. Nearest tube station is Cockfosters (Piccadilly Line), about 7 minutes away on foot. Step-free access is available at the venue; please contact us for details.

Cost: Families £25, Individuals £15, Concessions £10. Please pay in cash on the door.

Food: Tea and coffee will be provided before the conference and during the morning and afternoon breaks. Lunch is not provided; please bring your own or purchase it from shops nearby.

Childcare: Children of all ages are welcome at Raising Expectations, and we encourage them to participate in the sessions to whatever degree their age and maturity allows. Unfortunately we are unable to provide supervised childcare, but there is a large room adjacent to the main auditorium where parents may take small children for a break if necessary.

Booking: To book, fill in the form below. Any questions, please email .

Booking form: Raising Expectations 2018

Booking form: Raising Expectations 2018

  • Please enter the name of the person responsible for making the booking.

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  • Please enter the number of adult tickets required.

  • Please enter the number of concessionary tickets required. Students, retired and unwaged people are eligible for these reduced price tickets.

  • Please enter the number of family tickets required. One family ticket gives access for a couple and all their dependent children.

  • Please enter the names of all people included in this booking, including children.

  • Please give details of any special requirements, such as wheelchair access, access for guide dogs, etc. We will contact you to discuss any issues raised here.

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