Our family have just come back from an excellent time at Spring Harvest. Here are the 5 highlights for me of the event.
1. Confidence in the Gospel
The theme of the event this year was “The Source: encountering Jesus Today” at the heart of this was a need for us to recover Jesus at the centre of our identity (BE) our words (SAY) and our actions (DO). It was great to be at an event that made sure evangelism was at the centre of the churches mission alongside doing justice. So many events manage to exclude one or the other – but to be thinking about genuinely holistic mission was excellent. As someone passionate about evangelism – one of the highlights of my week was running a seminar on evangelism in which we ran out of seats! You can read more about the theme in my new book Back to the Source.
2. All Age
I love the fact that Spring Harvest is such a genuinely all age event. From the Big start where children and adults are encouraged to worship together and get introduced to the theme of the day then there are groups for children and adults to explore the same material but in ways that take seriously learning styles and age differences. It was exciting to be having lunch together as a family and hear how my 6 year old and my teenagers were engaging with the same topics.
3. Accessibility and Diversity
We had the privilege of being at Spring Harvest with lots of friends including someone who has had a serious brain injury that has meant he has mobility, communication and learning challenges. We experienced first hand that the team at Spring Harvest do a brilliant job of making sure people with disabilities are extremely well catered for. I was so pleased to feel a real connection with African and Black majority churches thanks to a racially diverse speaking and worship leading line up including: Les Isaacs, Kate Coleman, Noel Robinson and Mark Beswick and many others. There’s still a long way to go – but it was a great step forward.
4. Adoption and Fostering
The Spring Harvest team gave an excellent amount of profile to the Home for Good campaign and we had hundreds of foster carers, adoptive parents, social workers and those wanting to help the church get involved join us for some inspiring times together.Find out more Home for Good.
Regular folowers of my blog will know that I love experimenting with new technologies. The new plasma screen, use of twitter, instagram, live video feed to chalets, phone ins etc were great fun and helped people to connect in new and exciting ways to the theme.
As a bonus extra – my kid have all become huge Tim Vine fans – he was on sparkling form in the afterhours programme.