Veterinary Christian Fellowship

Date :  27th-29th March 2020

Location:  - The Retreat Centre, St.Cuthbert’s, The Old Convent, Wigton, Cumbria CA7 9HU The retreat centre is located within walking distance from Wigton Train station and a short drive from Mike and Marcia Christian’s house (Woodside Farmhouse).

Speaker :Revd. Michael Healy

Michael was born in Southern Ireland in the last millennium! After a number of adventures God graciously grabbed hold of him and brought him to saving faith. Michael soon realised the call to follow Christ. He studied in Belfast Bible College where he met Anne. Both Michael and Anne were able to spend some time in West Africa with SIM International as students. There was born a desire to serve God in Africa. God however had other plans and Michael moved into pastoral ministry in a Church in Bangor, Northern Ireland. From there he moved to Suffolk East Anglia in England where he and Anne spent eight years ministering in a rural setting. 25 years ago Michael and Anne were called to serve a Church in Glasgow, Scotland until retirement at the end of March 2017. Michael has preached in Africa, India, Germany, Romania, Brazil and the US. He has just spent two months ministering in Tenerife. Michael is passionately committed to explaining and applying the Word of God wherever he can. Michael and Anne have three sons and five grandsons!

Topic: “You will have trouble, but take heart” John 16:33



  • Arrival from 6:00pm onwards- (Please note there is no evening meal provided)
  • 8:30pm Tea and Coffee
  • 9:00pm Introductions and Session 1


  • 8.30am: Breakfast
  • 9.30am: Session starts
  • Evening: Ceilidh!!


  • 8.30am: Breakfast
  • Depart 3:30pm

We will be running a family/crèche programme for those with children.


There is limited accommodation at the venue and this will be provided on a first come first served basis. 

There is very limited floor space at Woodside Farmhouse. -  Please bring a sleeping bag, pillow, towel etc.

There is space to camp at Woodside

There are a number of local B&B and holiday cottages located nearby. You will need to arrange and pay for these yourself independently of VCF.

Conference Rates:

  • Adults £120 for the whole weekend, (including accommodation)
  • £75 - excluding accommodation but includes registration, lunch, dinner, teas and coffees
  • Students and Vet Nurses £50. This is subsidised to encourage attendance and is based on sharing accommodation / floors / dormitories.
  • Children 11+ £50.
  • Children under 11 free.

The VCF subsidises families, students and overseas workers so that cost does not prevent anyone being able to come along. If you are able to make a donation to help towards folk who struggle to pay, that would be a huge blessing.

The Conference will qualify for 8 hours CPD.

More details:

Feel free to contact Ali Budgell This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Or Mike Christian This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have additional questions or queries.

Veterinary Christian Fellowship