Xcellr8 is an annual residential weekend for 8-11 year olds which seeks to help children meet with God, as they join with others from around the region.

Fun, friendship and faith are all on the agenda.


Our 2023 Xcellr8 weekend was Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 February (non-residential).

The theme was ‘Anticip8’ exploring what Christians are looking forward to.

Our 4 main sessions focussed on what it means to be part of God’s Kingdom both now and in the future.

Feedback from the 2022 weekend,  ‘Illumin8’, where we looked at Jesus as Light of the World:

“Thank you also to all of you involved in planning the weekend. (My daughter) had a wonderful time, made new friends, learnt new things, and is desperate to come again next year.”

Please note that children must be 8 years old by the time of the weekend; 11 year olds must be in Year 6.

You can contact Steve Whyatt with general enquiries by email stevew@genr8.org or telephone: 01223 237874.


"I’m pretty sure all our stuff came home (amazingly!), but just wanted to say a big thank you to the whole team for making it such a wonderful weekend for the children. Despite lack of sleep, […] had an amazing time. Thank you all for all your hard work and inspiration! Our children are now too old to come again but […] said he wanted to come back as part of the Youth team in a few years time…."

"I would like to thank you and your team so very much for having […] for the weekend. She had a wonderful time and was full of stories! Your care and attention to detail was wonderful. I can imagine how much time and planning goes into these events and we really appreciate all your hard work. Many thanks again and she is already looking forward to next year!!"

"Thank you, […] had a wonderful weekend at XcellR8. Thank you for your hard work and please pass on our thanks to all the team of organisers/helpers. I’m afraid we didn’t get to meet/personally thank her small group leaders."

"It is such a precious thing to have others input into our children in this way and to see that they have received so abundantly is a huge blessing. Thank you so much and please pass it on to the team too."

"… thanks so much for all effort, vision and energy that went into making the weekend such a success. […] has already requested I sign her up for next year!"

"Thank you very much for this weekend. My son […] had a wonderful time and it was great to see him engaged with the worship on the Sunday. Thanks for all of your hard work, the late nights and the organisation of everything for our kids. We really do appreciate it!"