Understanding Yourself weekend

 Step One, 10th - 12th June 2022, Cratfield, Suffolk


Julie Gorton: 


Friday 10th June 2022 at 7.00 PM 
Sunday 12th June 2022 at 5:00 PM 

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School Farm Cottages
Church Road
Suffolk IP19 0BU
United Kingdom  

We are very pleased to invite you to our ‘Understanding Yourself’ weekend in Suffolk. This weekend will be of interest to everyone – whatever your age or background.

Why this course?

God wants the whole of who we are. We can only relate properly to each other and to the Lord when we are able to give ourselves away. But many people are strangers to themselves and will live and die without ever experiencing as much as 50% of who they are.

Unfortunately, what we don’t understand and live in tends to disproportionately influence our attitudes and behaviour. We can feel powerless to break patterns and make necessary changes and our relationships suffer as a result – with the attendant stress and frustration.

It doesn’t have to be this way – that is why we have developed this course that enables us to understand ourselves and others significantly better.

During the weekend we will discover:

  •       why it is important to understand ourselves
  •       the richness of our particular temperaments
  •       how those temperaments interact within us
  •       how that interaction affects the way we feel about ourselves and how we          relate to others
  •       how our identity is formed
  •       the influence of our past on our temperaments
  •       the importance of affirmation
  •       key concepts essential to meaningful relationships

Who will present the weekend?

John has been in Christian work for over forty years. During that time he has been involved in many aspects of church life but has always had a desire to help people understand themselves and equip them to build meaningful relationships.   

He has counselled hundreds of people over the years and developed courses that provide help with and insights into the practical challenges that people face in everyday life.

John has been active in his local community as Chair of Governors of a local school and as a magistrate. With others, he currently leads Halesworth Community Church.  He is married to Merle and they have six children – four boys and two girls – and eight grandchildren.


The course starts on Friday 10th June at 7.00pm with a fish and chip supper and introductions. The weekend concludes by 5.00pm on the Sunday afternoon. We will enjoy farmhouse cooking during the weekend. The Saturday afternoon will provide an opportunity to walk in the lovely countryside and an invitation is given to attend Halesworth Community Church on Sunday morning.

 A full programme will be given to you at the start of the course.


School Farm

You will be staying in comfortable holiday cottages at School Farm. As it is a residential weekend guests will be sharing the cottages. Please let us know if you have any mobility requirements. If you wish to take a closer look at the accommodation click the photograph to take you to the School Farm Cottages website.


The cost is 130 per person; 220 per married couple. A non-refundable deposit of 40 per person or 60 per married couple secures your place on the course, with the balance being payable two weeks before the weekend. If you prefer to pay in full now please do so and, if you are unable to attend and give us adequate notice, we will refund the balance minus the deposit. The non-residential course fee is 80.00.

Please use the 'register now' link to make payment or, if you prefer to pay by cheque, please contact me using the email address at the top left of this page. Residential prices are inclusive of heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and all meals as well as course notes. The non-residential fee includes all meals and course notes.

If you would like to attend and your financial situation would prevent this, please write to me at the address above before giving up on the idea of coming.


These weekends have proved to be immensely helpful to many people. Here are a few of the comments received:

‘There has been no concept of time; I have never known a weekend to go so fast.’

‘Mind blowing - I would like to continue what has been started.’

‘A great help in developing my understanding of myself and others.’

‘An incredibly valuable experience.’

‘Most interesting, very relevant and helpful to my specific situation.’

Places are limited so we can give personal attention to everyone so please book soon. It is first come, first served. 

I do hope we will be seeing you in Suffolk.

Every blessing,

John Sparkes

PS - if you wish to look at some of our resources, please visit: www.halesworthcommunitychurch.org