Truth is found in Jesus Christ
From the Bible’s books of Genesis to Revelation, God has carefully explained the truth about His Son, Jesus, and how we might come to have a living relationship with Him. At Capernwray Harbour, we expect that students will discover this Truth, so that they in turn will be able to introduce others to a vital relationship with Christ.
The Capernwray Harbour Bible School Curriculum covers roughly 75% of the books of the Bible and although students are required to prepare some written assignments, the emphasis is placed on personal discovery through discipleship rather than on scholarship or academic achievement in Bible study courses. We can’t place a grade on the work that Christ is doing in a person’s heart!
We find that students discover so much during the Lectures that it becomes difficult to remember it all! Our goal in having Journal course assignments is to help students think through what they’re learning, as well as provide a valuable reminder of the Truth in God’s Word for years to come long after graduation.
Journals are essentially a 2-4 page summary of the most important principles taught in the classroom. The Journals are then turned in to faculty for accountability, but are not graded since God always stresses relationship over religious achievements. In this way, we aim to encourage our students in their relationship with Christ through personal discipleship and an emphasis on practical application.
Study Projects in Homegroups
It’s one thing to sit in a classroom and absorb good teaching, it’s quite another thing to graduate from that level by learning to study the Bible and begin to teach others. Bible Study Projects enable students to do just that!
Each student receives personal training (from a staff member or Leadership Training Student) in how to properly study the Bible so that they might learn to hear God’s instructions in His Word and in turn, teach others. These student Study Projects are then presented in a small home Bible Study group, hosted by staff, with about 12 other students present. Each year students are surprised to discover that it doesn’t matter what their academic abilities are, God is able to reveal Himself in a profound degree to anyone who is humble enough to listen to Him!
Seminars in Homegroups
Seminar discussion groups are another great opportunity for students to process the Truth about Jesus Christ. Each Seminar group is hosted by staff, facilitated by Leadership Training Students, and attended by about 12 other students. The discussion is based in the Gospel of John, and the small group dynamic allows each person to ask any questions that arise from the text. The goal is not merely scholarship or knowledge, but a deeper understanding of the Lord Jesus so that each student might grow profoundly in their personal relationship with Him.
Nothing is more memorable than first-hand experience. We have built two exciting opportunities for travel right into the course curriculum.
i) Missions Fest, a weekend conference held in Vancouver each January, draws about 200 mission organizations from around the world, as well as about 33,000 participants over the course of the weekend. Our students have the opportunity to serve behind the scenes during the course of the Conference, as well as take the time to talk with missionaries from around the world to get a better idea of in what manner, and to what degree, they, too, could become involved in missions.
ii) Temple Tours in April of each year, are another unique learning opportunity for our student body. Vancouver is a cosmopolitan city centre with every major world religion represented. Our students, accompanied by our full-time staff, are toured through a Hindu Temple, Buddhist Temple, Sikh Temple and Muslim Mosque, in order to become better acquainted with these religions for the purpose of personal evangelism in the future, after they graduate.
Ventures are an invitation to explore some of the world’s most beautiful land and sea scapes…unparalleled when it comes to ecological variety and diversity. From the mountaintops to the rain forests to the open sea, there is something for everyone! That’s an understatement!
Venture trips vary in intensity from rigorous to purely relaxational. Transportation, food, equipment, and instructor/guides are included; all you may need to bring (or borrow) is a backpack, sleeping bag and personal items. Devotionals and discussions will be led each day by your guide for the purpose of “Directing your heart toward Jesus”…the focal point of the Bible School year! Each student will have the opportunity to choose one of these weekend trips at Registration. First come first serve!
The Intent of the Ventures
The first priority is that Jesus Christ be acknowledged and responded to in faith and obedience as He is revealed in creation, in the written Word and fellowship and relationship with one another.
Secondly, the Venture trips provide an excellent opportunity to get to know fellow students, and enter into “life in the body” in the context of Bible School at Capernwray Harbour. Meaningful relationships are formed as individuals discover unity in Christ and begin to appreciate the promised harmony in Him.
Thirdly, these trips offer the incredible invitation to explore some of the world’s most beautiful land and seascapes. British Columbia and particularly Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands are unparalleled in the degree of ecological variety and diversity. From the mountaintops to the rain forests to the open sea, there is something for everyone!
“For many, the Ventures trips serve as a milestone in the year, a reference point of sorts. These trips are definitely one of the many highlights of the year at Capernwray Harbour! Opportunities like these don’t come along every day.” – Chris Fordham
Venture Trip Options
Venture Day Trips
This previous Bible School year (during the COVID-19 Pandemic) we were pleased to offer students the chance to participate in Day Ventures at the beginning and the end of the school year. Day Venture options vary but some examples are Sombrio Beach, Ocean Kayaking, Mountain Hikes, and Bungy Jumping / TreeGO Adventure.
Long Beach Surfing
Canada’s extreme West Coast awaits you. Here you will have the opportunity to enjoy board and body surfing, walks through nature, camping and just hanging out.
Paddle up to 100 km over 3 days through these rare gems of the Pacific known internationally as “The Gulf Islands.” See sights and wildlife most people could only dream of while paddling in a sturdy double sea kayak.
Mount Albert Edward
If you don’t mind a good sweat, this backpacking expedition will lead you across rock and ice fields to the summit of Strathcona Park. Before the rigorous final ascent, camp by a lake and check out the view! (Of course, not for the faint of heart!)
Horne Lake Caves
Slip into the underground world of Vancouver Island’s premier cave network. Waterfalls, stalagmites and bats await you under the surface. Camp in authentic Tipis on the shores of the Pacific Ocean and enjoy a caving adventure!
Just one hour from Capernwray Harbour is the first licensed Bungy Bridge in North America. Camping, BBQs, beach volleyball, Bungy Jumping and The Primal Swing await you! Includes a time on the zipline adventure course, all in a pristine setting second to none. Go for it!
The Sombrio Beach venture is a fantastic west coast experience as we explore some unique aspects of the Sombrio Beach area which is part of the Juan De Fuca trail. We will see towering trees, lush forest, waterfalls, sandy and rocky beaches, crashing waves along the rugged shoreline and wildlife including unique sea life, sea lions and perhaps even a whale.
Mt. Washington Trek and Veg
Nothing too strenuous. Stay in a comfortable mountainside condo, which you will use as a base from which day treks will be taken. Later, graduate to Forbidden Plateau and Paradise Meadows where pristine mountain lakes make for an unforgettable scenic walking tour. In the evening, hang out back at the condo. Enjoy group meals and activities with newly made friends…the other students!