Jesus invites you to step into the water


The RIVER is a 4-day retreat centred around the moment when Jesus walked into the water to be baptised by his cousin John.

After his baptism, as Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending life a dove and settling on him. And a voice from heaven said, "This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy." (Matt 3:16-17)

This moment marked the beginning of the most amazing three years that anyone has ever lived on this earth - three years that has literally turned the world upside down.

We have been invited to step deeper into God's river:

  • Surrender our lives to Jesus

  • Hear the voice of the Father

  • Become a landing place for the Holy Spirit

We would love to stand with you to see your city transformed by the love of the Father, the life of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit. But before the river of God can flow through our cities, we need to have a fresh experience of the river of God flowing through us. We invite you to join with us, as together we venture out deeper into God's river and have a fresh encounter with the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.


Anyone can apply for a place on the RIVER retreat. We will however ask you to provide a reference (usually a church leader or church youth leader) to ensure that this is the right experience for you at this time. We are specifically keen to invite young people, intercessors and people who are heading up cross church initiatives that demonstrate God's love and power in your community.


The 4-day retreat will include lunch each day and a main meal together on one of the evenings.​ If you are coming in from outside the area you will be responsible for arranging your own accommodation.

Each day will include a variety of experiences including worship, teaching, opportunities to respond for prayer, small group discipleship and time to just soak in God's river. There will also be a number of practical experience during the four days including, a prayer walk along the river that runs through your city, going underground, walking out onto a rooftop, taking your place at the Father's banquet and demonstrating God's love and power in the community.


The cost for you to attend the RIVER retreat is free of charge, as everything has already been fully paid for. There will however be an opportunity for you to give a gift towards us being able to take the River retreat to another city. To enable this we will take up a collection at some stage during your retreat and we will ask you to prayerfully consider what you should give.


Below is a list of dates and locations where the RIVER will be running over the coming year. If you would like to explore the possibility of booking onto one of the these retreats, please use the online booking form by clicking HERE

  • CANTERBURY - April 2019


If you would like to explore the possibility of hosting the RIVER in your town or city we would love to hear from you. We recommend that you attend the RIVER in a different city prior to hosting the experience in your own town or city.

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The following quotes are from people who have attended the RIVER retreat.

Inspiring, insightful teaching which has openned the way for deep encounters with God, authentic fellowship and fresh impetus to see other's lives touched with His tender love.

A wonderful way to spend 4 days. The RIVER will lead to bigger things than expected.

The RIVER has had such depth, both in teaching and experiencially. Powerful, life-changing and enriching.

The retreat provided space and a focus and an opportunity to hear from the Lord and think through stuff. Well done. Brilliant.

Paddling, wading, swimming - an amazing time of bathing in God's presence with his people.

Spirit inspired, gentle, informative and equipping time spent in the RIVER


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