Explore is a series of weekend courses designed to train and equip God’s people through a journey of learning, understanding and personal transformation. Ellel Scotland offers each Explore series in three longer events rather than weekends.
Together we will find that there is hope and help for the issues we struggle with in everyday life – issues of anxiety, stress, physical pain, emotional distress, problems in relationships, addictive behaviour and depression to name just a few.
Those who journey through Explore will grow in their personal relationship with the Lord but also become better equipped to help others as they learn how to minister in the love and power of God to those in need.
Each of the events in the series will include time for worship, biblical teaching, group discussion, activities and opportunity for prayer.
Explore courses are run from each of our four UK centres and are held at different times of the year. Choose the centre closest to you for convenient travel. Courses are available at Ellel Grange (Lancashire), Ellel Glyndley Manor (East Sussex), Ellel Pierrepont (Surrey), and Ellel Scotland (Aberdeenshire).
As the course progresses, these weekends become increasingly more special to guests as times of learning, fellowship, worship and prayer. Each centre has their own teaching team, but the Explore teaching content is the same.
Explore offers the opportunity to briefly get away from your every day world, to enjoy the beautiful grounds and surroundings of our centres, and reconnect with God. We have an amazing team that wants to make your stay with us a deeply blessed one.
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Explore is friendly, and is at a pace that suited me. It showed me the way to connect with people in deeper fellowship.
Explore courses are split into three main sections starting with Explore A (made up of 10 weekend events). This is the place to start and through Explore A some essential foundations are laid early on which then lead to significant teachings on key issues we face in life such as rejection, forgiveness, fear, inner healing and finding freedom from the strongholds of the enemy.
For those who want to continue the journey, Explore B (made up of a further 10 weekend events) builds on the teaching of Explore A and introduces some more important topics. The final part of the journey is Explore + which is designed specifically for those who feel a heart to minister to others.
Explore is designed to be completed systematically and guests that have gone through Explore A see the life-changing effect it has on them and usually can’t wait for Explore B to start! It’s a journey both with God and with likeminded Christians resulting in precious friendships as the course progresses.
All of us are born with questions about life and eternity etched deep in our hearts. We have a God-given need to find out why we are here on earth and what life is meant to be all about. In today’s fast-changing world, full of confusing voices, this need for solid truth to build our lives on is even more necessary than ever.
This course answers life’s foundational questions from a solid biblical perspective – perhaps in a way that you have never heard God’s story explained before. We will look at the sweep of history from the early days in Genesis until the Lord’s return in Revelation. You will understand better where we come from, how humankind got to be in this mess and perhaps most importantly, you will understand more of God’s amazing rescue plan for humankind. Not only has God saved you, He also wants to heal you and set you on the right course to fulfil His destiny purpose for our lives! The Big Picture will help you lay hold of God’s plan for your life and we trust it will be a catalyst for you to start being released with ‘strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow!’
For many of us there can be a disconnect between knowing about God and truly knowing God in our hearts. We read the scriptures and see that God wants us to know Him but we are not sure how to enter into that deeper place of knowing and relationship.
This course is all about helping us come to know more of God and connect to Him in a deeper way. It is designed to provide an opportunity to look deeper at His character and nature and explore how we can have an intimate relationship with Him – how we can experience Him and know more of Him in our lives. It will also seek to deal with the
blockages we have in knowing God the way He really is and to understand the reasons why some of those blockages exist. There will also be an opportunity to receive more of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
When Jesus spoke from the Cross, “Father forgive them”, He released to humankind an immensely powerful key for restoration from the bondage of pain from the past. For true freedom we need not only to receive God’s forgiveness for our own sinful actions but we need to extend forgiveness to all those who have hurt us, however difficult this may be.
Forgiveness is a Kingdom principle which is pivotal to the healing ministry of Jesus, so in this course we will explore the damage caused when there is unforgiveness and judgement of others, we will investigate the many challenges of applying this key, and there will be opportunity to receive God’s healing for areas of unresolved inner wounding. Without doubt, countless lives have been totally transformed by God as people have lived out the consequences of applying the key of forgiveness
If there is one thing that would really change our sense of well-being it is to know that we are unconditionally loved and accepted. The scriptures tell us that God loves all He has created and that when we accept Jesus as our Saviour we are fully part of God’s family again. So why do we find it so hard to personally accept this truth? Even when we are Christians, why do we sometimes feel as if we are still lost sheep who desperately desire and need to be found and embraced by the Good Shepherd?
This course will explore how the first rejection came into the world and how in a Fallen world we can become fixed in our false beliefs about our own acceptability. If we can grasp the truth of who God is and who we really are then our lives will undoubtedly be transformed.
The Bible tell us not to be ignorant of the enemy’s devices. God’s word sheds light on who our enemy – God’s enemy- really is and how he seeks to work in this world and in our lives. In this very real spiritual battle we need to know how God wants to help us live in freedom and victory, something which is only possible because of Jesus’ work on the cross.
In this course we look in detail at what the Bible explains about Satan and the demonic. It brings a fundamental understanding of spiritual warfare and of possible enemy strongholds in a person’s life. Jesus came to set the captives free and this course helps with learning how to start stepping into the spiritual freedom through deliverance that Jesus wants to bring to all of us.
God is our Creator and Designer. He knows each person individually and loves each one unconditionally. But despite His great love, living in a Fallen world has often led to circumstances which have damaged and distorted the working of our inner being. When we are affected in this way we will often reflect, in our lifestyle, the turmoil on the inside.
In this course we will investigate how God made each person and how the various parts of our being work together to develop the whole personhood. Together we will explore how the inner being is adversely affected by past experiences and consider some of the possible outworking of inner damage and the associated pain.
As our Maker, God has the perfect restoration plan for each precious one of His children. This course will explain both how to untangle some of the causes and effects of inner damage and how to apply God’s truth and His restorative love and power into the lives of those who need inner healing.
This course follows on from Inside Out and takes us deeper into understanding the functions of the human spirit. The starting point of this course is the understanding that the human spirit is our life source and the core of our identity, so if I want to truly know myself, as God knows me, then my human spirit is the key to this understanding.
Our human spirit is formed in us by God. However, life in a less than perfect world has starved our spirit of the nourishment it was created to receive and often this causes disorder between spirit and soul. Exploring the scriptures together we will discover how the functions of the human spirit can be distorted and limited by the circumstances of our past, and how the outworking of these inner conflicts can affect our life today.
Jesus is the human spirit Healer so understanding how to open ourselves to His healing touch is an essential element of God’s restorative plan for each of us. He has the healing power for our restoration but we need to grasp the truth of, and enter into, our part in that process.
Life consists of relationships! When God made us in His image, He made us relational human beings, created to live in dynamic relationship with both Himself as well as one another. Whilst relationships are intended for mutual blessings, we all know that they also have the potential to bring pain and hurt. Sometimes relationships can get so mixed up that we even lose sight of God’s original purpose for them. How can we find the way back?
Jesus modelled perfect relationship to us – both in terms of His relationship with the Father as well as with fellow human beings. But even more so, He provides us with healing for the pain resulting from wrong relationships as well as freedom from entanglement that wrong relationships can bring. The Lord wants to teach us how to find joy and freedom in healthy relationships and how to approach the restoration of shattered ones. This course will help you in finding God’s way forward for your relationships and in receiving healing from wounds inflicted through relationships in the past.
For many of us fear and anxiety are regular companions along our life journey. For some there is a specific fear or anxiety that grips our heart, often linked into a specific trauma or memory. For others anxiety lies at a deeper place of our being, having become entwined into our hearts at an early stage. We often have a misconception of how God views us in our struggles and instead of finding the Lord in our place of need, we find our own ways of coping and controlling our lives to avoid the discomfort and weakness of fear.
This course will share how the Lord longs to show us the freedom that is in Him when we can learn to fully trust Him and bring the worries of our heart to Him. Perhaps we have lacked security and safety in our lives and our Father God longs to show us the truth of who He is – our strong shelter, our safe tower, the anchor for our hearts.
Exploring Ministry Practice. A practical workshop where those who attend have an opportunity to both give and receive ministry from fellow guests on EXPLORE alongside our Ministry Team. Please note that to attend the Healing Workshop you must have completed 6 or more of the Explore A courses.
God ordained the design of His family to be an oasis of security, strength and healing.
Understanding the divine principles of God’s family is essential to understanding our place within our own family, our church and as well our broader Christian journey with one another.
The parents of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, were in great distress when they thought they’d lost Jesus aged 12 years. When they found Him in the temple He simply replied, ‘Did you not know I must be about my Father’s business?’
Since we have been ‘born-again’ into God’s family, then regardless of our background, skills or qualifications, we are destined to be a full and active member in His family – and also to play our part in His family business! But what does that really mean, and do we believe we have a part to play?
This course will uncover what it means to be in God’s family and how we can grow and flourish in that place of belonging and rest. It will look at what it means to share in His work, pray His family prayer and draw strength from the family for our everyday lives. We will consider what the hallmarks of being in the family business are and what we can offer in our service of Him. The course will also give an eternal perspective on this great privilege we have, will draw us closer to the heart of God, show us our place in God’s plan and inspire us to play our part in God’s Kingdom purposes.
Do you ever feel that your life is full of crossed wires? Tangled thoughts and beliefs that have no grounding, but which feel so real, and therefore motivate and form our behaviour?
Many of us struggle to fully receive God’s truth into our hearts because it clashes with another ‘truth’ within us. We hear that God will take care of all of our needs, but because of an often subconscious and deeply hidden belief that we are on our own, we live a life believing that we have to provide for ourselves. Maybe our beliefs are more related to ourselves or to others and that impacts our ability to find deep and meaningful relationships.
This course will explore the ways in which our beliefs about God, others and ourselves are formed and how these beliefs, when out of sync with God’s truth, cause behaviour in our lives which is destructive. It will share God’s heart to ‘rewire’ our beliefs with His truth, and His desire to free us from the power of lies that we’ve believed and break us out of wrong behaviour cycles so that we can find freedom and new life in Him.
The feeling of being held back in our life, but not knowing by what, is seemingly very common. We live in a spiritual as well as physical world which constantly influences us, whether knowingly or unknowingly. Christians are not immune from falling into the hidden traps of the enemy, not least in the pursuit of spiritual well-being and healing. This course seeks to shed light on the subtle deceptions of the Evil One, and how our endeavours to find victory in healing or grow in our discipleship can be tripped up constantly.
We will explore the deceptive nature of the enemy and how he seeks to entrap us through various strategies. This may be previous false religious practices and covenants. We identify harmful alternative healing remedies and exercise regimes, exposing the root of spiritual dangers that will inflame a problem more than cure it. The course will bring vital teaching on the subject of discernment, signposting safe practices. It will also explain how God’s precious deliverance ministry can help believers. There will be teaching on God’s way of bringing cleansing to spiritually defiled ground, removing the grip of the enemy so you can be free to grow unhindered.
This course builds on the teaching of ‘God’s Enemy Exposed’ (an Explore A course) and it is therefore recommended that this course is attended prior to ‘Deliver us from Evil’.
From the ups to the downs, emotions are an essential part of being human. Without them our relationships are empty and mechanical. Robots can be amazingly useful, but you can’t have a real relationship with an un-feeling machine or an object with no spirit or soul.
Yet many of us struggle with our emotions, often trying to deny and even crush them because they seem to be the cause of our problems. The reality is that some emotions seem very hard to handle; emotions that feel overwhelming, emotions that seem unacceptable and even emotions that feel destructive. We probably all need God’s help to understand which of our emotions are truly good, what are bad emotions and how they can turn ugly.
This course will consider some of our difficult emotions, e.g. anger and grief, and how God has purposed for us to find release and His comfort, so we can move safely through the turmoil and find a new place of rest.
Like many Christians, you might be searching for answers to the forceful challenges of secular opinion towards sexuality. What is the Christian framework that the church as the Body ought to be reinforcing, as well as applying to our own lives and our children?
Human sexuality and its expression is a central part of God’s design for His creation – something intended to bring joy, blessing and life. However, in a world of shifting ‘norms’, there is much confusion about this vital subject and this course aims to bring clarity from the perspective of the traditional Christian understanding of the Bible.
This course will explore the foundation for human sexuality as God intended it to be. It will look at the importance and significance of the biblical covenant of marriage, the power of boundaries and will explain how sexual expression outside of this is sinful and has consequences not just on our lives, but all those connected to us.
The good news is that damaged sexuality may be restored to God’s good order and so the course will also share how, through Jesus Christ, we can find bondage breaking forgiveness and cleansing for sexual sin and learn how to walk in purity.
Doctors recognise that those who experience a sudden accident or trauma are not just damaged in their physical bodies but frequently experience a deeper heartfelt problem that can affect them long after the event.
This can be post stress mental issues, or it can even be an injury and symptom that persists despite the doctors best efforts. When there is nothing else the medical profession can do, many are left wondering if there is an answer to their ongoing struggles with the consequences of what they experienced. The answer is yes, there are ways to pray into these moments of trauma, to go back to the source of the pain and bring release.
These moments may be physical accidents or receiving news of the unexpected loss of a loved one, financial tragedy, horrific abuse, or some devastating shock that rips into your core and shatters trust. The response and outworking of this shock inside our soul and spirit can cause untold inner person damage.
This course will explore what it really means to be broken in soul and spirit by accidents and traumas, and how the promise of Jesus to ‘bind up broken hearts’ can bring wonderful restoration and healing to the whole of our being. As a ministry, we have seen many people healed physically as well as finding freedom from the inner consequences of things like fear and anxiety which have resulted from accidents and traumas.
Creative does not mean artistic! We’re all creative, made in the image of our Creator God. Discover the joy of being creative in a non-threatening way and allow God to help you rediscover you!
Many of us have lost ourselves in the busy-ness of life, and time to ‘be’ rather than ‘do’ is rare. Come and taste for yourself from a variety of different workshops, which could range from pottery and woodwork to dance, textiles and flying paper aeroplanes! There will be plenty of differing experiences to taste and have a go! At the same time there is great fellowship as the family of God, breaking down isolation, fears and loneliness, and time to find God in a new and fresh way.
This is not so much a course as an experience! Join with us over this special time and experience for yourself God’s healing heart through creativity.
Who am I? This unspoken question is rooted deep in the heart of many of us, but searching for an answer may have taken us down wrong paths. God says He made us and knows us personally and intimately, so how is it that we don’t truly know ourselves.
We live in days when the world makes demands on us. Demands that we conform, that we fit in, that we bend our self to fit into a relationship or that we fulfil what is needed. We may feel we are totally unacceptable as we are. In the midst of these pressures it is easy for us to acquis to demands and to subconsciously hide something of our own unique personhood.
God made each of us different, we are unique and He loves and affirms each one of us. But, who we think we are, is it really the truth? Have we lost our true identity by capitulating to others ideas?
With God’s help, this course seeks to help us find the truth of who He made us to be, discard our false identities and find an abiding, confident and personal certainty that we are loved, forgiven and accepted by God.
There is need to have a standard by which truth, behaviour and belief are measured and the plumbine of God’s Word provides this standard.
However, we live in times of much turmoil and confusion. As people have increasingly let go of God’s truth, insecurity and chaos has pervaded our society. Even within the church we can get conflicting and muddled messages, unhealthy extremes and wrong teaching.
So how can we know what is truth, what is real and what is right? How can we steer our lives safely through today’s world and avoid the deceptive traps of Satan – the father of lies?
Jesus told us clearly that deception would increase towards the end, and He commanded us to be wise and discerning. He is the One who is truth and leads us into truth. He wants to help us with growing in discernment.
This course will give you tools to help you build your life on God’s Word, grow in discernment to avoid and, where necessary, be set free from deception. It will tackle common deceptions within the church using 1 Timothy 4:16 as a key scripture… ‘Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.’.
There will be opportunities for practicing prayer ministry.
Explore + is held over a 10-day period rather than over weekends and is the purely training aspect of Explore. Whereby Explore A and B look at training and equipping alongside personal reflection and encounter, Explore + is primarily for those who want to now take what they have learnt during Explore and learn more about how to use the keys, insights and teaching to help others.
The aim is that Explore + will enable guests to understand to a deeper level how to pray for others; either friends, family members or under the covering of their local church.
The programme will include many practical elements such as group discussions, case studies, Q&A and practical ministry opportunities. There will be time to look again at key concepts covered in Explore A and B but also to introduce some new teaching topics including depression, stress and addictions.
You can either register for the Full Explore Tour experience, by registering for all the weekend courses (seen as bus stops), or you can just hop on and off during the programme’s Explore journey, taking a course that interests you most. The final stop, the Healing Workshop, is only available to those on the full Explore Tour “tickets”.
I have done various bible and theology courses but the teaching was such that it rooted out things I hadn’t realised I was bound up in. It touched deep in my soul. I’m now helping others who are bound.
Choose from two Explore course options:
WEEKEND EVENTS: A series of weekend events at our 3 centres based in England.
5-DAY EVENTS: Or if longer events suit you better, there is a 3-part Explore Course exclusively available from Ellel Scotland. Each part is run over 5 days.
The following centres run Explore A and B over a series of weekend courses:
Ellel Grange (Lancashire), Glyndley Manor (East Sussex) and Pierrepont (Surrey).
Each Explore weekend will start at 6.00pm with a meal together on Friday evening followed by an evening session of worship and teaching.
There will be a mix of worship and challenging and inspiring teaching sessions alongside opportunity for personal reflection and group discussion time. There will also be an ‘encounter’ session where there will be an opportunity to respond personally to the teaching and to receive prayer ministry from our Ministry Team.
Although the formal programme finishes around 9.00pm on Saturday evening, we highly recommend guests stay until Sunday. This provides a rare and valuable opportunity for rest, personal reflection with the Lord and fellowship. The day will start with a full-English cooked breakfast where a member of our team will share a short devotional message. There will then be time for fellowship or to reflect on the weekend’s teaching with all guests leaving by 11.30am. Please note that there will be an additional cost of just £20 per person to stay overnight. Lunch on Sunday is not provided.
If longer events suit you better, consider joining Explore at Ellel Scotland where they run each Explore series (A and B) over three consolidated events.
Explore A and B are each respectively run over three events:
Event 1 (5-days): Explore A or B 1-3
Event 2 (5-days): Explore A or B 4-6
Event 3 (7-days): Explore A or B 7-10
I have a peace to replace the decades of anger and I have a wonderful growing closeness to God replacing the lost and hurting years. I love and cherish the fellowship of the team and my fellow explorers. I don’t know what else to say but “Thank You”!
Those who register for the Explore programme will receive a £20 discount on each event in Explore A and B. Once you are registered your discount will be applied at checkout on all Explore courses. Including the £20 discount, residential prices begin at £130 per person per course which includes accommodation, all meals and refreshments and teaching notes.
For those wanting to stay overnight on Saturday to enjoy a cooked breakfast and time for personal reflection on Sunday morning, there will be an additional cost of £20 per person, per event.
Residential prices begin at £445 per person per event which includes accommodation, all meals and refreshments and teaching notes. Please note that each event includes the teaching content of 3 weekend courses.
Explore A (September 2022 – July 2023)
You can register for this Explore programme up to and including the third course (God’s Master Key) on 4-5 November 2022.
Explore A (March 2022 – January 2023)
You can register for this Explore programme up to and including the third course (God’s Master Key) on 27-28 May 2022.
Explore A (October 2022 – 2023)
You can register for this Explore programme up to and including the third course (God’s Master Key) on 9-10 December 2022.
Explore A (April – October 2022)