Summer of spirituality

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The Christian Resources Exhibition International is one of the major Christian events this summer

The Big Church Day Out this year features ‘Jesus Culture’, the ‘Kingdom Come Collective’ worship music leader, Matt Redman and rock, hip hop, pop fusion singer, Toby Mac.

The line up across the weekend festival (28/29 May) is extensive, with a music focus, and has something for every taste. Try Salvation Army band, ‘Salvation Brass’, John Archer in the Comedy Tent, MOBO award-winning Urban Christian artists, Guvna B or ‘An Evening with CS Lewis’, a one-man theatrical performance starring British actor David Payne. The play sheds light on the author’s friendship with JRR Tolkien, among other life-shaping events.

Camping is welcome on the Wiston House, West Sussex, site and the weekend is family friendly.

‘One Event’ is the family-inclusive Grapevine festival in Lincolnshire Showground. You can expect hosted guest worshippers, ‘The Big Celebration’ praise party, twice daily meetings for ‘Youth’ and ‘Seminar Streams’, such as the Holy Spirit Stream, led by Jarrod & Vicky Cooper, New Life Hull, the Leadership Stream, led by Paul & Priscilla Reid of Christian Fellowship Church, Belfast, and the ‘Word’ stream led by Dave Smith of the UK’s KingsGate Community Church.

Guests this year include evangelist J John, senior leader of Alive Church, Stuart Bell and chair of HOPE together, Steve Clifford, among others. The event runs from 26-30 August.

Meanwhile, the Keswick Convention runs over three weeks. The first running from 16-22 July features senior minister at St Thomas’ Anglican Church North Sydney, Simon Manchester, as the Bible Reading speaker, followed by Principal of Moorlands College, Steve Brady, in week two (23-29 July) and founder-director of the Cornhill Training Course, David Jackman in the final week from 30 July-5 August.

Other speakers include the Rev Calisto Odede, Senior Pastor of Nairobi Pentecostal Church and the Rev Dr James Robson, Senior Tutor and Tutor in Old Testament and Hebrew at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford among many others.

The timetable includes Bible Readings, which this year focus on studies from Matthew with Liam Goligher and five sessions on Mark.

There will be a live recording of the Songs of Praise and Seminars including Mission with Flora Davies; School of Apologetics with Michael Ramsden; Families & Discipleship with Mel Lacy & David McKie; How the Bible fits Together with Alasdair Paine; and School of Biblical Studies with Matthew Sleeman.

All age groups are welcome, and a campsite, guesthouse and hotel facilities are on offer.

The Christian Resources Exhibition International runs this year from the 17-20 May at Excel, London. Seminars, art performances as well as Europe’s biggest selection of Church resources under one roof.

The exhibition features an ‘Education and RE zone’, and a new addition is the London Christian Book Fair including author signings and ‘Worship Zone’. Everything from furniture to Bible Colleges can be found exhibiting here.

Exhibitors include the Bible Society, St Andrews Bookshop, the Lantern Theatre Company, the London School of Theology and Alpha furniture.

Bible by the Beach, Eastbourne’s big event on 29 May will feature speakers including Mike Ovey, Principal of Oak Hill and David Cook, former principal and Director of the School of Preaching at Sydney Missionary and Bible College. The team of speakers will also lead services at local Eastbourne churches on Sunday.

The team led by Mike Pilavachi, Ali Martin and Andy Croft, hosts Soul Survivor Week A at the Stafford Showground from 27-31 July. Worship leaders such as the Northern Irish Rend Collective and Tom Smith will lead the worship. Speakers will talk on topics including Ordination, Anorexia, self-harm and addiction, Worship and Social Media. The team will also host Soul Survivor at Lendrick Muir in Kinross from 6-10 August.

Founders of Ichthus, Roger and Faith Forster, host Revive! from 30 July-6 August at Ashburnham Place, East Sussex. Speakers this year include founder of Iris Global, Heidi Baker and Les Isaac, CEO of Ascension Trust. The festival features three youth programmes, ‘Jesus Generation’, ‘Spirit Anointed Servants’ and ‘Positive’.

Cliff College has chosen the theme ‘Holy Ground’ for its festival, running from 27-30 May. Speakers this year include Steve Chalke and Mark Dunn-Wilson. Entertainment and worship events include a Prayer Mountain session led by festival pastor, Ashley Cooper. ‘Ignite’ in the youth zone, as well as a Festival Sing-a-long and kids activities are headed up by Scripture Union. The festival will also be heading up a big fundraiser for the local homeless charity and Food Bank.

Christian Music Festival and Bible Week ‘Creation Fest’ at the Royal Cornwall Showground in Wadebridge, has a line up of speakers including general director of the Evangelical Alliance, Steve Clifford, and author of ‘The Delusion of Evolution’, Professor Andy McIntosh. Seminars have yet to be announced, though 2015 featured talks included ‘Has Science buried God?’ morning teaching sessions centred on ‘The Baptism of Christ’, a ’Faith in the workplace’ seminar and an extended study of Philippians in ‘Worship and the Word’.

Ablaze UK, (30 July – 3 August) is host to a list of conference speakers including leader of the Acts Churches New Zealand, Bruce Monk and Senior Pastor at Glasgow City Church, as well as the next chairman of the Council of the Evangelical Alliance, John Glass, leading ‘The Celebration Services’ — the main event of each day.