Why secularists hate Christian youth festivals

For a few years I’ve been proud to have played a small part in Newday a growing Christian youth festival. It’s nowhere near the size and scale of Soul Survivor but we share a similar passion to bring the Gospel to young people. It was no surprise to read something like this in the Guardian online (I share many of the Guardian’s views on the environment, economics, development, politics but definitely not faith). While this idea is probably in the realms of fantasy, it doesn’t hurt us to know what…

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Newday: Roundup *updated*

I might update this one if I find more stuff. Andy has his reflections and Luke who led the ministry team at Newday gives his thoughts. Luke really doesn’t like camping. *Update* Nicholas Ferguson from Catford adds his review of Newday and Adrian Warnock has his daughters report on her first time there. CCK have an interview with Mike Pilavachi. *Update 23.08.09* Matt Hosiers posts a video from the young people of Gateway at Newday Here’s another video for you:

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Newday: The final day

Interesting, interesting. I nearly had a BBC TV crew on site, pulled away at the last minute because of this story. We worshipped, we prayed, we gave £67,000, we climbed walls, we fought in sumo suits, raced on a bungee run. The weather has been great but now everyone is tired. It’s time to go home. But God has been good and for some of our young people it has indeed been a new day.

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Newday: Wednesday

Today was a quiet day for me, not much to do on the media front and the kids occupied themselves most of the time. I had a good chat with another elder from a church near ours, and caught up with a chap who I helped get a book contract. Both really encouraging and its great to catch up with people from around the country. The highlight of the day was the evening meeting – hundreds healed, hundreds giving their life to Jesus and hundreds more recommitting themselves to His…

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Newday: Tuesday

OK this is Tuesday and I’m getting ahead. 6.15am: I’m not supposed to wake up for another 45 minutes but I am so I get a warm shower for the first time since Saturday morning7.00am: Time for a snooze8.15am: Head into the centre of Norwich for an hour long feature on BBC Radio Norfolk (starts about 2hr 41 min in)10am: Think it went quite well. Then get a tour around the impressive facilities of Kings Church11am: Back on site but then spend 2 hours with SNYA1pm: Boss some kids around…

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Newday: Monday

I know its Tuesday when I’m writing this but, well, tough…but Monday went a bit like this 7am: A sleep in today. Amen, hallelujah. Hmm…can’t really remember the timings of things but the rest of my morning involves working on getting some media things sorted out as Chloe Smith MP was planning on visiting the projects, reading the Bible and other important things (probably). 2pm: I find myself in a tug-of-war competition. I’m in the surprising position of anchor man. we make it to the final but lose 4-23pm: I…

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