St Johns Festival, Alive 09, attracted over 400 people from far and wide again this year, with everyone enjoying a variety of activities, religious study and lively entertainment.
Speakers from other churches shared their ministries: Simon Ponsonby from St Aldates, Oxford and author of God inside out and More spoke to a packed church on how to receive more of God, while Steve Campbell from the Three Cs Church, Cambridge led daily Bible teaching and an evening celebration. Elaine and Alan Storkey were welcomed back for a second year, speaking on Women in Africa and Banking on God respectively. The wide-ranging seminars were challenging and thought-provoking, and creativity was high on the agenda with a creative writing session, an African dance workshop and an opportunity to try wheelie-bin drumming.
The 50 delegates in the youth venue experienced three mornings of inspiring talks on how to cope when you dont feel alive to God. Afternoon sessions included hip-hop dance and drama workshops, and guidance on how to reach your friends for Christ. Spontaneous Frisbee games and a chance to cool down on Playstations and Xbox were hugely enjoyed. Freerunners, a team from the West Midlands, provided the well-attended childrens ministry. Puppets told Bible stories and there was an abundance of craft activities for all ages. A hog roast and barbeque were just two of the options for sharing a picnic on the grass in the evening, and the festival ended on a high note with worship led by Mick Woodhead from St Thomas Crookes, Sheffield.
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