QLD & NNSW Branch

For now we really live, since you are standing firm in the Lord.
1 Thessalonians 3:8

How are you living for Christ’s return?

Throughout 1 Thessalonians we see Paul encourage the Christians of Thessalonica for the way they turned from their idols and were living for Jesus as their true king. He sets them a challenge to grow in faith, love and holiness and prepare for Jesus’ return.

Paul’s challenge is just as relevant to us today. We live in a society focussed on the here and now. How do we prepare for what is to come?

Join us at CMS Summer School 2020 for a week of encouragement as we explore 1 Thessalonians and focus ourselves on living for Christ’s return.



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What can you expect at CMS Summer School?

  • Solid and biblical bible teaching for all
  • A place for community, opportunity to connect with others and build new friendships
  • To grow in your knowledge and understanding of cross-cultural mission
  • Electives run by missionaries and bible teachers
  • Lots of opportunities to worship and pray to our great God!
  • Time to connect with God’s beautiful creation at Mt Tamborine
  • A fun, bible-based children & youth program.

Key Dates

Registrations will open by the end of September 2019. 

Monday 2 December: Accommodation, food and children & youth program registrations close. After this date we can only take bookings for day visitors. If you want to book your children into the children & youth program, please register ASAP. The children & youth program may close earlier depending on the number of bookings.

Come for the day, the weekend or the whole six days. We’d love to have you!


Gary Millar worked as a pastor for 17 years in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland before becoming Principal of Queensland Theological College in 2012. He teaches Old Testament, Biblical Theology and Preaching at the College and is the author of several Christian books including a theology of prayer. Gary is married to Fiona and they have three daughters.

Grishma Parajuli is the senior pastor of Nayagaun church in Nepal, where he has been serving for more than 30 years with his wife Laxmi. Originally from a high-caste Hindu background, Grishma became a Christian after investigating Christianity closely in an attempt to disprove it. At Summer School Grishma will challenge us with the gospel needs and opportunities for God’s church in Nepal.


The Hughes partner with Kirisutosha Gakusei Kai (KGK) and serve in Amagasaki, Japan. Dene ministers to university students through Bible studies, prayer meetings, camps and social gatherings. Rachel serves with Mukonoso Megumi Church in Bible studies, music classes and outreach programs.

Andrew and Margie Newman will be learning language and culture. They plan to build relationships with the people of the Diocese of North Kigezi, Uganda, before they start teaching at the Canon Ndimbirwe Bible College.

K and ML are on their final home assignment after serving in South Asia. K taught mathematics at a local study centre and was involved with the church. ML helped to train and encourage leaders in their area.

L and C are preparing to serve in the Middle East starting in 2020. Initially they will focus on learning the language and culture. They will also be involved in community and health projects.

Gillian Law is a GBU staff worker in Rome, where she trains and equips Christian students, working alongside them to share the message of Jesus with other students.  Gillian will join us for a few days at Summer School while she’s on personal leave.

Children & Youth

Children & Youth Program

Our focus for the children & youth program is to give all kids and teens a fun-filled, bible teaching program with a mission focus. The program runs for all ages during the morning session. A special night program also runs for primary school aged children and high schoolers.

All Summer School leaders have Blue Cards and completed safe ministry training.

Many leaders have grown up attending Summer School and can’t wait to share their passion for Jesus and mission with your children. Through interaction with our leaders and missionaries, everyone in our children & youth program will find out what it’s like to live in a different culture and why cross-cultural mission is important.

What your children can expect:

  • Fun with Quiz Worx in the Primary School ages
  • Bible teaching/ stories
  • Singing
  • Meeting our missionaries and hearing about their personal experiences
  • Praying together with their peers
  • Messy nights and movies
  • Making friends.

Year level programs (based on the school year they will be going into in 2020):

  • 0-2 year olds
  • 3-4 year olds
  • Prep-Grade 1
  • Grades 2-3
  • Grades 4-6
  • Grades 7-9
  • Grades 10-12.

Please book early!

Our goal is to provide a place for every child but we also need to make sure that we continue to provide a safe and child friendly event for everyone by:

  • Ensuring we have a good ratio of children to leaders. This means that all children are well supervised and have a safe space to learn and meet other children.
  • Caring for our volunteer leaders throughout the week so that they don’t burn-out.
  • Meeting in appropriately-sized, well equipped, clean and safe spaces.

In the event that the maximum numbers for each age range are reached and the program is closed before 2 December, the option is to join the wait list:

  • In order to do this you will need to complete the online booking form, completing what you can and filling in as much detail as possible. You will have to pay for what you are able to book.
  • CMS staff will inform you if a place becomes available and will manually update your booking. Then the new invoice will then have to be paid, promptly.
  • If you cannot be offered a place for your child/children, you can decide if you want to come along anyway and share child care with your family or friends and hope that a place may become available during Summer School OR if you want to cancel your booking a full refund will be given.

Back by popular demand this year is the waterslide on Saturday and Monday afternoon.

Parents can sit in the shade and watch the kids have fun. Young-at-heart adults are also welcome to join in!


Accommodation, Food & Costs

Have we got some options for you! There are four different onsite accommodation venues to choose from.

Entire rooms can be booked (which will incur an extra fee), otherwise you will be allocated to share a single-sex room. There is also a large range of accommodation in the local area, which you can arrange yourself.


You can book a powered or unpowered sites. Standard sites are 6m x 7m and oversized sites are 6m x 9m, for the larger camping vehicles. There is a toilet and shower block and portaloos. You can cook your own meals or pre-book breakfast, lunch and/or dinner. There is no camp kitchen, so please bring all your own kitchen equipment and cooking utensils. If you want to camp next to a friend or as part of a church group, there will be the opportunity to select this as part of the booking. Although we cannot guarantee your request, we will try to allocate you with your friends or church group. Camp Site Map


CMS Centre (fully catered, eating at WEC)

CMS Centre is a short walk away from the main auditorium. It accommodates 80 guests in 13 rooms of either 5 or 8 people. Toilet and shower facilities are located in a separate block across the lawn area. All meals are included in the booking.

If needed, you can bring a small electric fan to use in CMS room.

*NEW* Reduced pricing for staying at CMS and there will be more accommodation available at CMS, as our Youth Leaders are being accommodated at the Tamborine Life Centre (TLC).


Camp Tamborine (self catered or meals option)

Camp Tamborine is a five-minute walk to the auditorium. It accommodates up to 88 people, in rooms of either 4 beds or 8 beds, with shared toilet and shower facilities. The kitchen and dining area is well equipped with a water boiler, large gas range, cold room, freezer, food mixer, crockery and cutlery.

It is our only self-catered site so no meals are provided here. This makes it a flexible option as you can choose to eat out in the local area or book in for breakfast, lunch & dinner.


Camp Panorama (fully catered)

Camp Panorama is opposite the main auditorium and provides comfortable accommodation for 54 people. There are shared shower and toilet facilities. There are also three cabins and an amenities block behind the main building. Access in and out of the cabins is via steps.

All meals will be eaten at Camp Panorama and so are included in the booking. 

Please note there are only a few single and double rooms and these are allocated on a first booked (fully paid) basis for people who have selected the own room option on the booking.

WEC (fully catered, eating at WEC)

WEC Centre is a five to ten minute walk to the auditorium. The rooms have 3 bunk beds with an ensuite. There is also a laundry room and a washing line. All meals are eaten in the WEC dining room and are included in the booking. There are only a few rooms left available at WEC, booked on a first paid basis. If you are a couple or family and do not want to share the room with others, you will need to select the ‘Own Room’ booking option for an additional fee. Bring your own single sheets & bedding.


Follow these three steps to calculate your costs.

Step 1 – Program Registration

Decide how many days you wish to attend. The full-time rate is for Friday afternoon to Wednesday midday. Part time rates are calculated depending on the day/s attending. All age brackets are calculated as of 2020.

Concession card holder/ Uni students$185$37$18.5
Child (Pre-Grade 1 - Grade 12)$130$26$13
Child (aged 3-4)$65$13$13
Child (aged 0-2)Free
Family rate$700

The family rate covers only two generations of one family.

Example 1: Audrey is a pensioner who wants to attend Summer School on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Her registration costs would be $18.5 (Friday) + $37 (Saturday) + $37 (Sunday) = $92.5

Example 2: Nick and Caroline want to attend Summer School full time and bring their three school-aged children. Instead of paying $790 ($200 (Adult) + $200 (Adult) + $130 (Child Pre-Grade 1 – Grade 12) + $130 (Child Pre-Grade 1 – Grade 12) + $130 (Child Pre-Grade 1 – Grade 12)), they are eligible for the Family Rate and will only pay $700 for their entire family’s registration.

Step 2 – Accommodation

Next, decide if you are staying on-site or if you will organise your own off-site accommodation. If you are staying on-site, choose your preferred accommodation location. If you wish to book an entire room, you will have to pay an extra fee. Other than the full time rate, prices shown below are per person per night.

Accommodation options - no meals providedAdultChild Pre-Grade 1 - Grade 12Child aged 0-4
Camp Tamborine - No meals provided (self catering option)$20$20Free
Unpowered camping - no meals provided$15$7Free
Powered camping - no meals provided$18$8Free
Accommodation options - meals includedChild Grade 7 - adultChild Pre-Grade 1 - Grade 6Child aged 0-4
CMS (bed plus breakfast, lunch & dinner)$55$43Free
Camp Panorama (bed plus breakfast, lunch & dinner)$65$53Free
WEC (bed plus breakfast, lunch & dinner)$60$48Free

Example 1: Audrey wants to stay at Camp Tamborine on Friday and Saturday night and have a whole room to herself. Her accommodation costs would be $20 (Friday) + $20 (Saturday) + $100 (own room fee) = $140.

Example 2: Nick and Caroline with their three school-aged children want to have a whole room to themselves at WEC Centre for the entirety of the conference. Their costs would be $60 + $60 + $48 + $48 + $48 = $264 per night for 5 nights + $100 (own room fee) = $1420.

Step 3 – Meals

Finally, if you are staying at an uncatered site (camping and Camp Tamborine) or off-site, you need to pre-book any meals you wish to eat on-site.
If you are staying at WEC, CMS or Camp Panorama, meal prices are already included in your accommodation price.

MealChild Grade 7 - AdultChild Pre-Grade 1 - Grade 6Child aged 0-4


Example 1: Audrey wants to have lunch on Saturday and dinner on Friday and Saturday. Her meal costs are $13 (lunch) + $17 (dinner) + $17 (dinner) = $47

Example 2: Nick and Caroline are staying at WEC Centre, so all their meals are paid for in their accommodation fee.



Other Information

 Where and when is Summer School and how to get there.

CMS Summer School is held at the Mt Tamborine Convention Centre, 237 Beacon Rd, North Tamborine, QLD, 4272

Friday 3rd January until Wednesday 8th January. Check in for onsite accommodation is Friday from 3pm or 12pm if camping. The first evening session starts at 7pm. QNNSW Summer School operates on Brisbane time not AEST.

Most people drive to Summer School as there is no public transport. However, the nearest train stations are either Beenleigh, followed by a 40-minute taxi/Uber or Helensvale, followed by a 30-minute taxi/Uber. People who do not drive arrange their own transport with friends or family or others in their church who are also attending.

A typical day at Summer School.

9.00  Bible talk (children & youth program)
10.30  Morning tea
11.00  International speaker or Mission session (children & youth program)
12.30  Lunch
2.30  Electives or Activities & Free time – Explore the beautiful surrounds, catch up with friends or just have a rest!
5.30  Dinner
7.00  Evening program (children & youth program)
8.30  Supper, fellowship & book look


There will be a bookstore available filled with great Christian books and resources about mission, Christian living, ministry, and more.

What to bring

  • Casual clothes, (weather on the mountain is changeable & red volcanic soil also has a special attraction to children’s clothes)
  • Hat, closed toe shoes and water bottle for the children’s program
  • Sunscreen (parents to apply on children prior to children’s program sign in)
  • Pillow and pillow slip, sheets and blankets (for single beds) or sleeping bags.
  • For additional comfort bring a single bed sized mattress topper
  • Towel and toiletries
  • Bible, notebook, pen/pencils & your CMS prayer diary
  • Torch
  • Insect repellent
  • Swimmers / togs (waterslide or local swimming pool)
  • Keep cup / re-usable mug and water bottle
  • Campers need to bring all cooking equipment as there is none on site
  • No alcohol or smoking is allowed on site.
  • Mobile connection is patchy. Any urgent emails for guests may be sent to qld@cms.org.au. This will be checked intermittently during the day; however we cannot guarantee we are able to pass on any messages.

While we know it can be hard to leave man’s best friend at home, unfortunately no animals are allowed on site.

You can also download this Information Sheet to view check-in details, a ‘what to bring’ list, and a map of the site.

Chill out zone

For the first time at Summer School there will be a chill out zone. Located near the auditorium, on the outside it looks like a humble marquee, but on the inside it’s a place of relaxation, fun and community.

Photo courtesy of MTCC.


Annual Summer School Volleyball Championship

It’s time to start training! Get your team together for our annual volleyball championship. Players can be any age for this once a year experience. In 2020 the championship will be held on the Sunday afternoon.




Summer School cannot operate without the support and service of approximately 150 volunteers and youth leaders. As part of the registration process people are able to select an area where they might like to help. All our volunteers are expected to have a Blue Card and agree to our Code of Conduct. After registration closes and rosters are put together, volunteers are contacted with further details. Please contact Sarah Smith for further information (07 3171 3026 / ssmith@cms.org.au)

For information about being a Youth Leader, please contact Paul Vandersee (07 3171 3027 / pvandersee@cms.org.au )

We need you

Car park attendants, first aiders, morning & afternoon tea helpers, tech team, door hosts/welcomers.





We’ve got some resources for you to download below. We’d love if you could please promote Summer School in your church and encourage your family to come along.