Joel's Bar is the youth conference of Celebrate - Catholic Charismatic events that happen throughout the year. Joel's Bar is held in the extraordinarily beautiful setting of the Sussex countryside.
Our passion at JB is for relationship, fellowship and faith coming to life. Through our timetable of speakers, worship, Mass, prayer with the monks and times of ministry, we set the space for this. We’re also excited to have evenings of entertainment, a daytime café and evening bar throughout the week and loads more opportunities to meet new people. The age range of Joel's Bar is from Year 12 - 25 years old so if you fall into that bracket, book up quickly!
Whether you’ve been to JB before or not, part of a Cathsoc or CU, coming with friends, family or coming alone, we can't wait to see you!
Why are we called 'Joel's Bar'?
We're often asked why we're called Joel's Bar so if you're wondering too you're in good company!
Joel's Bar is a part of the Celebrate Conferences - we're now our own standalone event, but for around 20 years Joel's Bar was the top stream of a huge family conference in Devon. The people that started this stream prayed about what God was saying to the young people and received the awesome prophecy of Joel. This promises that God will pour His spirit out upon ALL flesh and young and old alike will have dreams and visions full of God's glory. (Joel 2:28-29) This powerful promise is also mentioned in Acts 2 when Peter is preaching at Pentecost. JB has therefore always been marked by the power of the Holy Spirit and we know that we are called to be set apart as His people with His vision.
So why the 'bar'? Quite simply the first JB was held in a bar! Whilst we're now based in a monastery we still have our bar in the evening in keeping with our name!
What to expect.
At Joel's Bar we want to go on a journey together. A journey set out for us by the Father, our creator. A journey of encounter with Jesus, our saviour. A journey where we can come alive in the Spirit.
Throughout the week at Joel's Bar we unpack the theme of the conference with speakers, and allow a time to reflect and pray into what God is speaking to us about, both individually and as a JB family.
Whether it be through daily mass or extended periods of worship and praise, through the creativity of art and dance, through a bake-a-cake workshop or a football tournament, we aim to build relationship with God and with others.
Fellowship and conversation is really important at Joel's Bar so we make sure there is plenty of opportunity for socialising and discussion. The JB Café is open most of the day for coffee catch ups, whilst in the evening the Bar opens up and The Fringe social evenings begin. We also are proud to have partnered with Alpha and use the Alpha Film Series for our small group sessions. Discussions are hosted in the beautiful grounds at Worth over a cuppa!
So if you've never been before you are warmly welcomed to come on the journey with us for the first time this April. If you've been to JB - we'd love for you to come again! Everybody is welcome to join us and be renewed and empowered so that we might return to help transform our towns and villages, our communities, our place of study and work for the glory of Jesus.
Our 2019 theme.
Every year at Joel's Bar we unpack a theme taken from Scripture. This year we are going to be exploring Joshua 1:9 ‘Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go’.
We believe that this scripture calls us to be courageous in our faith and in our desire for bringing the kingdom into our everyday lives and we are excited to unpack this together.
Worth Abbey is easily accessible by road, rail, and air. Located close to Crawley and the M23, in the heart of the Sussex countryside, it is 32 miles from London, and 22 miles from Brighton, while London Gatwick Airport is only 6 miles away.
Join the southbound M23 and leave it at Junction 10A (the second exit after Gatwick). Take the first exit marked Balcombe B2036. Keep on this road until you reach a pub on the left called the Cowdray Arms. Once there, take a very sharp left onto the B2110 (Paddockhurst Road), signposted to Worth Abbey, Turners Hill and East Grinstead. The Abbey is ¾ of a mile along this road on the right hand side, beyond the gates to the School.
From East Grinstead
Take the B2110 to Turners Hill. At the crossroads, go straight over and within a few hundred yards the road forks left towards Handcross and Worth Abbey. The Abbey is 2 miles down this road on the left hand side signposted Worth Abbey.
Follow the A23 for approximately 15 miles, leaving it at the sign marked Handcross and East Grinstead. Turn right at the mini-roundabout and follow for about 5 miles the signs for East Grinstead (B2110). At the junction with the B2036, turn left and fork rightalmost immediately at the Cowdray Arms pub. The Abbey is ¾ of a mile along this road on the right hand side, beyond the gates to the School.
Take the A281 to Lower Beeding and then the B2110 to Handcross. At Handcross the 'From Brighton' instructions above apply.
The nearest main line station is Three Bridges which is only 4 miles away and is on the London to Brighton Railway line.
Booking for Joel's Bar 2020 will be open soon!
More info for next year’s conference coming soon.