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9th September 2011
So another year gone by and Newday 2011 has come and gone. Newday (for the unfortunate majority who didn't have the privilege of attending) is an annual Christian youth camp gathering around 7,000 young people aged 12-19.
For the last three years it has been held at Norfolk Showground, where youth groups from various Newfrontiers churches nationally and abroad gather in tents and marquees to praise God. Meetings are held twice daily, comprising of an inspiring talk from one of the Newday team and some brilliant worship either side of it. This year guest speaker Steve Chong led the morning meetings for the 15s to 19s and Adrian Holloway and Joel Virgo stirred hundreds to respond to God during Adrian's preach. The worship was led by Jordan Dillon, Simon Brading and Jules Burt, all of whom (and the rest of the Newday team) were fantastic at leading us and an absolute blessing.
Looking around during the meetings, the reaction to God was totally unreserved and many of our own Soul and D.voted youth committed or recommitted their lives to Jesus. God's presence throughout the week was overwhelming, and the power of the Spirit had a vivid effect on many young people's lives.
Christian band Phatfish visited for one of the late-night gigs that ran throughout the week; and the seminars that took place in the mornings and afternoons offered something for everyone.
Mercifully, the weather was beautiful for most of the week, but what's Newday without a bit of rain? It typically poured down relentlessly on the Wednesday night which continued as a drizzle throughout most of Thursday, although thankfully it cleared up for outreach the next day, where youth groups spread out through the local community to serve the Norwich residents by gardening and painting fences. Hastings youth were a great help to local residents, clearing neglected gardens for those who did not have the time or were unable to tend to them. The response was incredible, it was wonderful to see everyone's hard work appreciated and the group's voluntary kindness sparked an interest among the residents about why we were helping. This opened up conversations about Newday and Christianity, which sowed seeds in those people's lives.
Back in Hastings, Newday has re-kindled our passion for God and both Soul and D.voted groups are fired up and ready to spread His word.
Posted by Kristina Thurlow