#NGConnect | Three Days In Sidcup, One Incredible Weekend!
When students, 20s & 30s gather together to connect with each other and with God, something powerful happens!
Over the weekend of 18 – 20 November 2016, New Ground ran ‘CONNECT’; a conference aimed specifically at the next generation of New Ground, looking at the issue of sharing truth in love. Three days packed full of powerful worship, inspirational and challenging teaching, great coffee and time to connect with other churches from across New Ground.
The weekend kicked off on Friday night; and with almost 300 attending over the three days, the room was packed with hearts ready to encounter God. After a time of worship, Chris Taylor encouraged us to live for truth, and if that wasn’t enough, the remainder of the evening was filled with time to socialise and have fun. We were joined by Sidcup’s very own local micropub, The Hoppers Hut, who served up some delicious drinks; a perfect companion for the Connect Pub Quiz. Several rounds of general knowledge, team selfies, newspaper superstructures and tinfoil animal sculptures commenced and the competition heated up.
A sunny Saturday morning brought with it day two of the conference and another great opportunity to worship together. Miriam Swaffield brought an incredible message about sharing the good news of Jesus and how our comfort zones are moveable, inspiring us to take more steps of faith. The weekend had something for everyone, and an interview with Jonathan Le Tocq gave us confidence to share the truth in the workplace. Saturday afternoon was given over to seminars, but with four incredible speakers to choose from, it was hard to pick just two. Andrew Bunt’s seminar on ‘A Community of Love’ was very practical and reminded us how important it is to share life together. The Fusion student team led a session on ‘Discovering Your Mission Style’, teaching us how to share the truth well. Akhtar Shah forced a reality check in his seminar on ‘Loving the Poor’ and James & Hannah Silley led a very honest and helpful session on ‘Leading in Love’. Phil Moore taught the evening session from Jonah and helped us break down the lies we can so easily fall for that hinder us from sharing the gospel. The sound of music then filled the air as acts took to the stage of the live lounge, providing the evening’s entertainment. It’s safe to say New Ground is filled with so many talented young people.
Sunday morning wasn’t any less exciting. In his preach ‘Loving Truth’, Dave Holden implored us to fall in love with truth in a way that transforms us and those around us, really summing up the entire weekend.
I [Jamie Rowsell] was amazed at not only how much content was squeezed into three days, but how high quality the whole weekend was. If you missed out, I want to encourage you to listen to the recordings of the sessions and get yourself equipped to share the truth in love!
Source: New Ground