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  • Katoomba Christian Convention 119 Cliff Drive Katoomba, NSW, 2780 Australia (map)


Essential details for CMS Summer School 2020

Date: 4–10 January, 2020

APPLY HERE for CMS Summer School 2020

What do I need to know?

Who organises CMS Summer School?

CMS Summer School is organised by the NSW & ACT branch of CMS. CMS (Church Missionary Society) is a fellowship of Bible-believing individuals and churches committed to gospel proclamation. Together we send missionaries across cultures to proclaim the gospel of Jesus and to encourage his people. Our vision is to see a world that knows Jesus.

Why you’ll love Summer School

Challenging and uplifting Bible teaching
Begin your year built up and rooted in God’s word.

Unplugged stories from CMS missionaries
Hear how God has been seeking the lost around the world.

Refreshment with fellow believers
See how you and your church are partners
in God’s global mission.

Who is Summer School for?

CMS Summer School is for you! At CMS Summer School, you’ll find engaging Bible teaching from world-class speakers, diverse and topical missionary sessions, great music, focused prayer and fellowship with friends. We’d love to see you there!

What should I bring to Summer School? What do I need to organise?

You will need to organise your own accommodation and your own food. Many visitors to Summer School rent accommodation in the local area. One thing to remember is your Bible!  CMS provides a book for taking notes, a pen and some other goodies!

Where is Summer School held?

CMS Summer School is held at the Katoomba Conference Centre in the Blue Mountains, corner of Cliff Drive and Violet Street, Katoomba. The Youth and Children’s program is held at various locations around the site with some programs at the CMS Conference Centre and others at Katoomba Primary and Katoomba High School.


Simon Manchester - Simon originally trained in ministry in southern Sydney, moved to London to continue training, and then came back to Australia to minister to workers and families. Simon serves as the senior pastor at St Thomas’ Anglican Church in North Sydney. He is married to Kathy with three adult children. Simon will be opening up the book of 1 Timothy at Summer School.

 Grishma Parajuli - Grishma is the senior pastor of Nayagaun church in Nepal, where he has been serving for more than 30 years with his wife Laxmi. Originally from a high-caste Hindu background, Grishma became a Christian after investigating Christianity closely in an attempt to disprove it. At Summer School Grishma will challenge us with the gospel needs and opportunities for God’s church in Nepal.

Tim Swan - Tim served as a CMS missionary in Chile from 2004-2013, where he helped to establish the Centre for Pastoral Studies (CEP), a college to train church leaders. After returning to Sydney, Tim and his wife Sally led a church plant congregation which has become Willoughby Park Anglican Church. Tim will give three evening talks from Luke 6 on Jesus’ response to rising opposition.

What happens at CMS Summer School?

CMS Summer School 2020 will be held at KCC, Cliff Drive, Katoomba. The opening session begins at 7pm, Saturday 4 January 2019.

What does a day at CMS Summer School look like?

8.45am – Parents drop off children for Youth and Children’s programs 
 – Morning Bible study sessions with Simon Manchester
10.45am – Morning tea
11.15am – Missionary sessions (seven to choose from each day on different topics)
12.15pm – Parents collect children from Youth and Children’s programs
12.15 – 7pm – Free time – explore the mountains, spend time with friends and enjoy a rest
7 – 9.30pm – Evening sessions with Grishma Parajuli and Tim Swan, featuring missionaries from a different region each night
9.30-10.15pm – Missionary supper sessions

Youth & Children’s program

There are nine age-based programs for your children that run alongside the morning sessions. This year the Youth and Children’s program will also focus on Jeremiah. We will provide family Bible studies so you can grow and learn from God’s word together.

You must apply for children’s places online. You cannot register for the Youth & Children’s program on site.

Adult program

We will upload a detailed program here closer to the date.

For many Christians, CMS Summer School is one of the best loved events of the year. We’ve been holding this annual conference for over 100 years. And while some things have changed – electricity, plumbing, caffeine – the heart of Summer School is the same: faithful and challenging Bible teaching, inspiring first-hand insights into cross-cultural ministry, and plenty of time to catch up with friends in the afternoons.

Held from the first Saturday in January through to the following Friday, CMS Summer School is a time of renewal and reflection. It’s a week of immense value for all believers as we live out our lives for Christ. If you’ve never been, join us this January in Katoomba. We’d love to have your company.


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