Calendar of Events

Upcoming events at the House of the Open Door Community

The Community hosts many events throughout the year, using some of the facilities in our Retreat Centre; we list those coming up in a calendar below.  

Our Tithe Barn is sometimes reserved for guest groups but is at other times is an ideal event space for meetings or conferences hosted by the community such as our Friday night Fellowship meetings, or those visiting for discipleship.  Smaller meetings such as craft retreats take place in our Craft Studio.

If you are visiting for one of the events it may be possible for us to cater for you in our Dining Room; during your visit you are welcome to spend any spare time in our Retreat Centre Gardens

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Gateway Youth Summer Conference 2024 – 22 July to 4 August
Jul 22 – Aug 4 all-day

The Gateway Summer Youth Conference at HOD takes place from Monday 22nd July – Sunday 4th August 2024, as part of the wider Discipleship Course running from February to December 2024 in three terms.

The theme of the conference is ‘the Joy of Salvation.’

With joy you will drink deeply from the fountain of salvation!
(Isaiah 12, 3)

For more details see Gateway Summer Youth Conference 2024

Jamie Price – speaker for Gateway 2024
Jul 24 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Jamie Price from Elim Limitless will be our speaker on 24th July 2024, as part of our Gateway Summer Youth Conference 2024.  Jamie spoke last year and we had to have him back!

Jamie is the Director of Ministries for Limitless (Elim’s National Youth and Children’s ministry) and on the Limitless Pioneers team, helping churches with no youth ministries, start new youth ministries. He lives in Birmingham with his wife Debs and sons Jude and Ezekiel. In his spare time, he loves to run and read.

Join us if you can – 8pm in the Tithe Barn at HOD for worship, the talk, prayer and fellowship – All welcome.
For those who can’t come in person on the night, we sometimes upload recordings of talks after our meetings to our YouTube channel.  
See the Diary for Friday night speakers on other dates: Calendar of Events
HOD Friday Night: “When we have been clothed” led by Andy Swinford
Sep 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

‘When we have been clothed…’

(2 Corinthians 5.3)

On Friday September 27 2024 our Friday Night Fellowship Meeting speaker will be Andy Swinford who will speak on the theme “When we have been clothed

Andy will lead us in a deep dive into the fascinating subject of clothing in scripture. It is an important and inspiring topic running right through the Bible, from God’s clothing of Adam and Eve at the beginning, to the wedding garment of the Bride at the end of time. Sometimes we all need a change of clothes and this might be the night!

We look forward to Andy sharing with us.  Our fellowship meeting will be in the Tithe Barn at HOD for those who live locally.  All welcome.

We sometimes post recordings of our Friday night speakers afterwards on our YouTube channel.

See the Calendar of Events for Friday night speakers on other dates.


Andy formerly taught English Literature and is the author of 14 essays in ‘The Christian Tradition in English Literature’. He is about to publish ‘The Practice of Joy: insights from the stories of C S Lewis’. He also delivers multimedia presentations and on-line classes about the authors C S Lewis and Tolkien.

Andy Swinford

Walking in the countryside and beekeeping are among his chief pleasures. He is a long-standing friend of The House of the Open Door, and has spoken before at our Friday Night Fellowship Meetings.





Tim Alford from Limitless – October Fellowship Friday
Oct 11 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

On Friday October 11 2024 our Friday Night Fellowship Meeting speaker will be Tim Alford from Limitless.

Our fellowship meeting will be in the Tithe Barn at HOD for those who live locally.  All welcome.  We sometimes post recordings of our Friday night speakers afterwards on our YouTube channel.

See the Calendar of Events for Friday night speakers on other dates.


Tim lives in Malvern, England, with his wife Jen, and two kids, Tobijah and Aria. He is the National Director of Limitless, a Youth Ministry Specialist Lecturer at Regents Theological College, and author of Leadership 101: Your go-to guide to leading youth and children’s ministries into a brighter future.

Tim is passionate about equipping leaders and communicating the gospel, having spoken at conferences, churches, schools and events all over the world. He is an enthusiastic runner, a frustrated supporter of Arsenal, and has on more than one occasion been to the cinema in Star Wars fancy dress.