Men's Breakfast

A great opportunity for men to gather together, network with others and be inspired by our guest speakers at Mulberry House Hotel, Chelmsford Road (A414), High Ongar, CM5 9NL.

Trusting God, no matter what

Saturday 27th January 2024 - 8.45am to 10.30am Grant Smith, CEO, Hand in Hand Group at Mulberry House Hotel, Chelmsford Road, High Ongar, CM5 9NL

Grant has been involved in charitable work and commercial property development for over 30 years. He is a Quantity Surveyor and in the year 2000, recognised an opportunity to undertake construction work in Kenya, commercially creating fairer pay and apprenticeship opportunities. He committed himself to finding sustainable solutions to help transform individuals and societies. When confronted with the desperate problems of poverty he witnessed in Africa, he did the only thing he knew how – business. Business that would provide jobs and pay people enough so that they would not have to rely on charity to send their kids to school, so that none would be forced to live in a tin shed without water, electricity, sewerage, or dignity, fighting off the threat of pneumonia every time it rained. He has since been involved in Kenya; building affordable homes, employing local builders at a proper wage and with good conditions.

God’s leading has undergirded all that has been achieved. Grant says “God can be trusted, but He doesn’t half make it hard at times”.

For those who dream of making a difference for communities affected by poverty, Grant’s story is inspiring and thought-provoking. It shows how ordinary people have been created for a purpose and have the potential to facilitate miracles. Grant’s recent book The Accidental Social Entrepreneur is a real challenge to consider how we might use the gifts and resources we have been given to change lives.

Grant is the chair of Hand in Hand Foundation and is married to Sue and has three grown-up children.

Grant Smith is a passionate man who in line with his faith combines risk taking and natural gifting and skills to change lives. His desire to do the will of God is evident, as are the fruits of his kingdom building life.” Paul Szkilder, CEO Truestone Impact Investment Management

Full English Breakfast, tea/coffee, juice, toast and an inspiring speaker. £15.00.

To book please ring 01277 367124 or email

Phil Knox: The Best of Friends

FRIDAY 6TH OCTOBER 2023 - 8.45am to 10.30am at Mulberry House Hotel, Chelmsford Road, High Ongar, CM5 9NL

This event will include tea/coffee, fruit juice, Full English breakfast and toast. £15.00 per person.

1 in 3 men say they have no close friends. 40% of young adults say they always or often feel lonely. We are in a loneliness epidemic. And yet this is not how we were created to be. Friendship is one of God’s greatest gifts to us, we are relationally wired, crafted for connection and studies have consistently shown that you can live very unhealthily and yet if you have friends, you will live longer than someone who keeps themselves in shape but is socially isolated. It really is better to eat kebabs with friends than salad on your own.

Phil Knox believes Jesus is the answer, in more ways than one. The secret of eternal life is not what you know, but who you know. Wherever we are at in the state of our friendships, we can all strengthen our relational muscles and play a part in helping others grow their relational connections. Discover what the Bible has to teach us about this vital subject matter and learn from The Best of Friends about how we can be the best of friends. His book on the subject, The Best of Friends, was published in February 2023.

Phil Knox is an evangelist and missiologist at the Evangelical Alliance. He is passionate about making Jesus known and the power of friendship. He loves learning and has degrees in law and mission and evangelism. Phil is married to Dani and they have two sons, Caleb and Jos. He is an avid runner, enthusiastic waterskier and once broke the world record for the longest five-a-side football match. He is also an award winning performance poet and author of Story Bearer and The Best of Friends.

Stay on if you can for prayer, to chat or relax in the Hotel/grounds.


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To book please ring 01277 367124 or email