Outlook Issue 16 Spring 2012
News and Views from St. Mary's Woodbridge
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Alive and growing
Spiritual Life Alive and growing Only a few weeks until the fifth Alive Festival which takes place from the 5th-7th May at St John’s Church. Dave Gardner, who hosts the event with his wife Karen says, “we look forward to offering another exciting programme for all the family (eg pictured right, entertaining the young) with top national and regional speakers. Although the remit for each speaker is the same, to encourage and inspire the festival delegates, the subject matter will vary enormously. Reverend Dr Malcolm Guite - priest, poet, singer-songwriter and lecturer on theology and literature at Girton College Cambridge will talk about faith, hope and poetry, whilst former member of Tearfund’s disaster team Ed Walker will draw on his experiences in Africa at the YMCA and setting up a charity for the homeless.” Dave Gardner adds: “We are delighted to see steady growth in delegate numbers as Alive Festival becomes more widely known in East Anglia. An enormous amount of work goes into the event and we are indebted to our army of hard-working volunteers and the other local ministers for use of their buildings. The title of this year’s festival is Equipped for the Kingdom and aims to prepare us to surrender our lives to God and become the people he intends us to be. Empowered by the Holy Spirit we can then help move the Church from a time of decline into one of growth in depth, number and impact in local communities. This year’s dates for Alive have moved forward because of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations over the newly formed Bank Holiday weekend in June. Visit the Alive website for up to date details www.alivefestival.org Nicola Lumley