An A-Z guide to all the UK's Christian festivals and conventions, large and small.

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Date/s: A 26 July-1 August; B 3-9 August
Title/Theme: In Pursuit Of God: Worship, teaching and ministry in the power of the Holy Spirit
Location: Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset
Cost: From £78 per adult
Target: Families ­ all age programmes. Special stream for 20-35yr olds
Confirmed speakers/artists: Jim Wallis, Mark Stibbe, Matt Redman, Eoghan Heaslip, Neil Bennetts
Vision: ³We seek to draw deeper into relationship with God through passionate worship, inspirational teaching and ministry in the power of the Holy Spirit. New Wine is a family conference with full programmes for all ages. All the children¹s and youth work is run by experienced practitioners and seminar speakers are active at the heart of their local communities. The conferences exist to grow the local church through modeling and encouraging effective ministry to all age groups, and through allowing church groups to have a shared experience of renewal.²

Date/s: 17 May 2003
Title/Theme: Evangelism and young people
Location: Soul Survivor Watford Warehouse, Watford
Cost: £5
Target: Youth leaders
Confirmed speakers/artists: Andy Hawthorne, Rachel Shorey, Pete Hughes
Vision: ³Soul Survivor's youth leaders, supporting, encouraging and resourcing church youth leaders through conferences, training, resources, email bulletins and web pages.²

Date/s: SSA 11-15 August 2003; SSB 16-20 August 2003
Title/Theme: Led To The Lost II: Live The Life Beyond
Location: Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset
Cost: £75
Target: Young people
Confirmed speakers/artists: Tim Hughes, Mike Pilavachi, Matt Redman
Vision: ³Because God works beyond the boundaries of our lives and our churches, let's find him there too: on the fringe, where Jesus lived. We're getting ready to Live the Life Beyond, the life of adventure, racing across the boundaries, Led to the Lost.²

Date/s: 21-24 August 2003
Title/Theme: Passion For Your Name
Location: Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset
Cost: £60
Target: For anyone, including young people, who wants to go deeper in worship
Confirmed speakers/artists: Mike Pilavachi, Louis Giglio, David Ruis, Matt Redman, Tim Hughes, Martin Layzell, Viola
Vision: ³A festival to equip worship leaders, musicians, songwriters and all who love to worship. A Passion For Your Name will have all the ingredients of Soul Survivor ­ the Cafes, the gigs, Lift skate venue, sports programme, etc.²


Date/s: Week 1 12-17 April 2003; Week 2 17-22 April 2003; Week 3 22-27 April 2003
Title/Theme: Shepherds Bush to Kings Cross: Your connection to the mission of God
Location: Skegness, Lincolnshire and Minehead, Devon
Cost: A range of prices are available depending on accommodation type chosen
Confirmed speakers: Ian Coffey, Ajith Fernando, Steve Gaukroger, Dr RT Kendall, Jeff Lucas, Elaine Storkey, Bebo Norman, LCGC, The Tribe
Vision: ³Spring Harvest: The Main Event is a conference held every Easter, attracting some 60,000 Christians of all ages and from a wide range of Church backgrounds. The event offers something for everyone - whatever your age or experience. As an individual or as part of a family or Church group, you'll find a blend of teaching, worship and relaxation to give you refreshment. Spring Harvest also offers a range of events, conferences, courses and resources to equip Christians to impact in their local communities and the wider world.

Date/s: 4-8 July and 8-11 July for StreetReach programme on Lower Shankill Rd, Belfast
Title/Theme: On The Journey
Location: Kings Hall, Belfast
Cost: From £46
Target: 12
Confirmed speakers/artists: Jeff Lucas, Gordon McDade
Vision: ³Summer Madness is Ireland's largest Christian youth festival and seeks to deepen young people's faith and help them to engage effectively with the wider community and culture in which they live. It offers a broadly based programme of music, dance, drama, workshops, seminars, debates, outdoor activities, worship and ministry.²

Date/s: 2-9 August 2003
Title/Theme: Legacy Of Jesus
Location: Taunton Racecourse, Somerset
Cost: From £60
Target: All ages
Confirmed speakers/artists: Don Double, Dan Sneed, Drummond Thom, Steve Double
Vision: ³Our vision for these camps is to equip people to go and be Church in their community. To live for Jesus wherever their ¼mission field¹ is. We are all in ¼full time¹ ministry if we belong to the family of God. The legacy of Jesus is living in all that Jesus has done for us - he has already equipped us with everything we need. During this event we want to show people how you can live everyday for Jesus - not just ¼survive¹ waiting for the next Christian event."

Date/s: 21-26 July 2003
Title/Theme: Prophetic prayer and worship encounter
Location: Ashburnham Place, Ashburnham, East Sussex
Cost: From £45
Target: All ages
Confirmed speakers/artists: Rick Joyner & the Morning Star Band, John Mulinde, Rod & Julie Anderson, Chris & Kerry Cole, Dave Markee, Mahesh Chavda
Vision: ³Rod and Julie Anderson have a mandate from God to train up the next generation of intercessors. The Turning - Prayer Camp 2003 is a prophetic prayer and worship encounter that joins the forces of Prayer For The Nations and Cross Rhythms, to bring a model of young and old together in prayer and worship, which will help those with a heart for intercession to learn more about prayer and fasting and experience release and empowerment for change in their lives and in this nation.²

Heaven on Earth
Heaven on Earth

Date/s: 10 May 2003
Location: Alton Towers, Alton, Staffordshire
Cost: £24.50
Target: Young people
Confirmed speakers/artists: Audio Adrenaline, thebandwithnoname, Parachute Band, Superhero, Supervision
Vision: ³Ultimate Events have three driving forces behind them. Firstly, and probably most essentially, is the Evangelistic emphasis. We seek not just to entertain, but create a non-cringe day so that young people can invite their non-Christian friends with credibility and confidence in a great day out. We believe the Event is like a stick of rock. Wherever you break into it we should be able to see the name of Jesus written through the core. We do this first and foremost because we long to see changed lives. Secondly, we are committed to excellence. The church has had a reputation over years of doing things cap in hand with dare I say a jumble sale mentality. People¹s seconds will do to help God provide!! We firmly believe our nation and our young people deserve the best we can give not just to impress but also to potentially change a generation. We long to see a new move of God in Christian music through British bands. Through mechanisms like the Ultimate Music Showcase we want to encourage and give opportunities to the vast talent out there among British Christian bands.²

Date/s: 16-18 May 2003
Location: Whitby Pavilion, Yorkshire
Cost: Weekend £27
Target: Gospel music lovers
Confirmed speakers/artists: Helen Shapiro, Dave Bilbrough, Paul Wheater, Inheritance, Calvary Quartet, Voices Of Faroe, New Dawn, Amy Roberts, Janis English, Paul and Sharon Gardiner, Stockton Citadel Salvation Army Band, Fred Page¹s House Band
Vision: "The vision in a nutshell is threefold. It is to evangelise, build up believers and encourage believers to worship and serve God wholeheartedly. I believe that Christ has no plans for us to fail in our vision. Rather, he wants us to triumphantly inherit the promises of our vision. The cost will be our whole-hearted dedication. Anything half-hearted will not do or we miss a great opportunity. We in Whitby need to cherish God's vision, make it our vision and fulfil the vision! The secret of our success will be our faith!"

Date/s: 14-16 November 2003
Location: Devonshire Park Complex, Eastbourne
Cost: From £60
Target: All people involved in worship
Confirmed speakers/artists: TBC
Vision: ³Our hope is that this weekend will be filled to overflowing with a sense of the reality of God. That our worship times will be restorative and inspired. That the training seminars will be informative and helpful. And that our time together will be marked by an overriding sense of peace and fun.²

Date/s: 21-25 August 2003
Location: Gorsley Baptist Church (and surrounding fields!) nr Ross-on-Wye,
Cost: TBC
Target: All ages
Confirmed speakers: TBC
Vision: The Wye Valley Christian Festival has grown in recent years to incorporate great Christian ministry, teaching and outreach with a time for families and people from all walks of life (Christian and non-Christian) to relax and enjoy the tranquility of the Herefordshire countryside. Children and young people have their own ministry throughout the weekend. The Gorsley Flower Festival remains at the heart of the weekend and always portrays the message of the Gospel in most amazing and captivating ways. CR

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