This year’s Spring Harvest builds solidly on more than 30 years of successful conferences combining worship, teaching, fellowship, faith based artistic expression and Christian entertainment. As with every Spring Harvest – at whichever venue and whatever time of year, Easter 2012 at Minehead and Skegness will be an exciting adventure of faith and fellowship.
“Spring Harvest has taken a lead in inspiring Christians to put their faith into action.”
Spring Harvest’s reputation as a cross-denominational, all age, evangelical Christian conference, teaching and concert event is second to none.
Gathering more than 45,000 people across its multiple venues and five day sessions, Spring Harvest is the inspirational gathering of Christians of all faith traditions and backgrounds who experience and enjoy a full programme of events to satisfy their own faith interests, needs and age profile.
Teaching, Worship and Sports for All
Adults can choose the teaching, worship celebration, seminar, workshop, sport or spirited debate events that engage them most. And for children, there are dedicated programmes for the under 5s, 5-7s and 8-11s, with youth events exclusively for 11-14s & 15-18s.
For 2012, Spring Harvest ‘Big Top’ worship leaders include Pete James, Vicky Beeching, Mark Beswick and Gerald Latty. Bible teaching is headed-up by Gerard Kelly with the theme: Church Actually, with supporting speakers Russell Rool, Andy Hickford and Ness Wilson.
Christian Entertainment, Music and Debate
With the best of Christian performance artists in theatre, poetry and music talent, the Spring Harvest famous late-night entertainment slots are a daily feature.
For 2012, the Christian entertainers include UK band Phatfish, Rebirth Dance Company, Bob Hartman, Abbey Guinness, Dave Hopwood, Riding Lights Theatre Company, Saltmine Theatre Company, Steve Legg and more.
Expert Resources for Home and Away
Year on year, Spring Harvest Resources are the most vibrant and uplifting combination of worship, teaching, fellowship, faith based artistic expression. With new music, teaching and children’s resources, Spring Harvest equips churches ‘back home’ for engaging in mission long after the initial celebration ends.
“Through its events and resources, Spring Harvest has built a reputation on equipping the church for action in practical, life-changing ways.”
New songs for churches, new resources for teaching and new activities for outreach and social engagement help Spring Harvesters take the inspiration home – and make it work. Spring Harvest CDs , DVDs books and materials continue the experience for those who were there, and inspire those who couldn’t make it this year.
Inspired and refreshed, Spring Harvesters can apply all they’ve experienced and learned to their home situations. With practical teaching and outreach resources, the experience can be shared and renewed through reading the wisdom of key speakers and hearing the music of performers and live worship.
Gerard Kelly: Church Actually is… Brilliant!
The theme for Spring Harvest 2012 is taken from Gerard Kelly’s new book, Church Actually, with a clear and concise message for individuals and churches: Church is God’s brilliant idea, and God is calling his people individually and collectively to mission and service.
Each day of the Minehead and Skegness weeks, Gerard Kelly opens up God’s four brilliant ideas for the Church and his plan and purpose to:
- Shine through Them: - God shines through His people and connects them to His purpose for them in today’s world.
- Give them Power: - God only wants His people to shine He gives them the power to do so through his Spirit.
- Help them Love: - God gives Jesus to be the very essence and model of the Church as a servant in the community.
- Make them One: - God given diversity is a joy and the Church is called to express His love for all and gather them to Him.
Spring Harvest 2012 is a celebration of the most life-changing, world-shaking community in history. Vibrant and practical, Church Actually, and other Spring Harvest resources help focus all that vibrant spiritual energy into a practical programme help you and your church shine as individuals, love as a Church and unite your community.
Vision, History and Success
Since its beginnings in the Welsh coastal resort of Prestatyn, Spring Harvest has grown in a multi site worship, teaching and conference event. From 2,700 in 1979 the nation’s best loved pan-denomination gatherings unites and inspires more than 45,000 Christians annually across the UK.
With its primary aim of empowering the Church for action and service in today’s world, Spring Harvest gives Christians the time, space and resources to transform their faith and energise their mission. Leading speakers, thinkers and communicators from a broad spectrum of evangelical expression unite to renew the heart and mind of the individual Christian and Church collectively.
Core Purpose and Beliefs
Firmly based in the Evangelical Alliance statement of faith, Spring Harvest not only achieves the renewal and reinvigoration of the individual, it provides the resources to equip the Church for mission. With a clearly recognisable basis of faith, Christians of any and all traditions will find their beliefs supported and uplifted by principle values of Spring Harvest.
Spring Harvest 2012 welcomes as brothers and sisters all who experience – or want to experience the grace of new birth that comes through an encounter with God. This year’s events in Minehead and Skegness will be a mutual encouragement to all who actively serve Christ or just want to know more about Him.
The Experience is the Event
With the best in Christian teachers, communicators, leaders, performers and entertainers, Spring Harvest is an event that has to be experienced to fullyappreciate its impact on the Church today.
As 45,000 Christians look forward to their week in Minehead or Skegness, and as churches across the country look forward to the return of 45,000 energised with vision and a renewed sense of purpose Spring Harvest 2012 is already having a deep and lasting impact.
Spring Harvest 2012 Dates
Not-to-be-missed Spring Harvest dates for Easter 2012 are:
- Minehead 1: Saturday 31 March - Thursday 5 April
- Minehead 2: Thursday 5 - Tuesday 10 April
- Minehead 3: Tuesday 10 - Sunday 15 April
- Skegness 1: Tuesday 10 - Sunday 15 April
Quick Guide to Spring Harvest 2012: Church Actually
What is it?
- Multi-site worship, teaching, conference, arts, youth and sport event.
- Nation’s best loved cross-denominational Christian gathering over 30 years.
- Uniting and inspiring more than 45,000 Christians annually across the UK.
What will it do for me?
- Explore with main speaker Gerard Kelly God’s 4 brilliant ideas for the Church.
- Inspire, renew and refresh individuals and churches for their mission in their community.
- Provide a broad range of creative, resources for teaching and practical expressions of faith.
March 26th, 2012 - Posted & Written by Les Ellison