2019 Summer Conference




Karuizawa Union Church Conference 2019
August 4-11



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Everyone welcome!

Karuizawa is a beautiful place to retreat and escape the heat of Summer.  Our prayer is that the conference will be a week of spiritual refreshment as we drink in God's Word, worship, fellowship and relax together.

Our first gathering for prayer begins at 9:30am on Sunday morning, followed by the first main session at 10:00am. 


Participation in the conference is FREE but each day you have the opportunity to make an offering that will go directly to cover the expenses of the conference.



Speaker:  Rev Simon Gillham

Simon is the head of the Department of Mission at Moore Theological College in Sydney, Australia.  Prior to this appointment he served with CMS as Principal of Namibia Evangelical Theological Seminary.
Simon brings to the conference experience in pastoral ministry, church planting and theological education in a cross-cultural context. He is passionate about cross cultural gospel ministry; including international mission work, ministries among Australian Aborigines, reaching people from ethnic minorities in Australia, ministries in remote and rural areas of Australia and ministries for working class men. He is married to Margie and they have two children at university, Maddie and Noah.
He has two significant research projects at the moment.  One involves understanding what the Bible says about how people come to know God, and thinking about how that should shape the way that we train people for Christian ministry.  The second research project is to find the best hamburger in Sydney that is served with water views.  Margie and Simon engage in this important research together most weekends, riding their motorbike around the harbour and along the coast and enjoying the city God has placed them in.

Margie now works for CMS, interviewing people applying to be missionaries and providing advice about ministry options.  They have been in ministry together for 20 years now and feel blessed to have the opportunity to join us here in Japan.


Youth and Children’s Programs

For middle school and high school students.  Enjoy growing deeper into God, fun activities, and hanging out with friends. 

Kathy and Deanna Covert will again be leading the children's activities.  As adults meet for Bible teaching the children will enjoy a week of creative Bible studies, games, drama and activities.


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Conference Musicians

Dene and Rachel Hughes will be leading us in daily worship.  The Hughes are from Newcastle, Australia. They are missionaries of CMS-Australia and live in Hyogo where Dene is on staff with the KGK ministering to university students.



Accommodation in Karuizawa

Conference participants are required to arrange their own accommodation.  We recommend staying at the beautiful Karuizawa Retreat Center operated by TEAM.  KRC is a convenient short walk to the Union Church.  Many conference events like the family BBQ and campfire are conducted at KRC.  The self contained cabins are perfect for accomodating families or groups.  Retreat facilities include:

  • Wi-Fi Internet
  • laundry room
  • ample parking
  • basketball court
  • tennis court
  • outdoor children's play area


Go to the reservation page of the KRC website to make a booking.  The website will indicate that the center is fully booked but it is not.  It appears that way because TEAM missionaries are given priority by the center.  After you submit a reservation request KRC will contact you by email and later confirm your cabin reservation in April.  WHEN BOOKING AT KRC STATE THAT YOU WILL BE ATTENDING THE KUC CONFERENCE, THEN THEY WILL PRIORITISE YOUR RESERVATION.


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