RESTORATION 28th - 30th May 2011 | St John’s Church | Woodbridge | Suffolk
Dear Friends We are so excited to invite you to join us at Alive Festival 2011. Our theme this year is ‘Restoration’ and we long to see individuals, churches and communities restored to God’s original design. We sense a call from God to come together, to confess the failings of the past and renew our covenant relationship with Him, so that His Kingdom may be restored (Nehemiah 8-9) and then see the church move from decline into a time of growth in depth, number and impact on our local communities. Primarily a Festival, this year’s Alive will be in keeping with the Feasts of the Old Testament, and our fantastic line-up of speakers will inspire us to apply what we experience at the Festival in our local settings. Building on the success of the last three years you will see the return of workshops and the popular ‘After-Hours’ programme; new for this year we have a creative stream and a craft-time for 3-5’s in the late afternoon. Our team of more than 150 volunteers are looking forward to welcoming and serving you as we come together as a community of God. With love Dave & Karen Gardner
St John’s Church, Woodbridge, Suffolk, the base for Alive, is a growing charismatic, evangelical church with a strong Bible-based ministry and an active partnership with others that seek to transform society. Once more Dave & Karen will be hosting the weekend with its mix of contemporary worship, relevant Bible teaching, practical seminars and workshops. Alive Festival promotes a balance between Word and Spirit and seeks to serve East Anglia and smaller church settings. There will be three full days of festival activities from 10am to 9.30pm with four streams of seminars, workshops and also morning and evening celebrations. But in amongst all the activity do make time to take in the beautiful surroundings, the River Deben and the market town of Woodbridge. David Bracewell David has spent 40 years working in and leading churches, the last 25 of which were at St Saviour’s Guildford where the church membership reached 1000+ and where he helped prepare 30 candidates for ordination. Recently retired, he remains committed to encouraging church leaders at all stages of their ministry. A popular speaker at last year’s festival, he makes a welcome return with his unique blend of humour and depth of biblical knowledge.
Medad Birungi Medad is the Founder and president of the evangelistic World Shine Ministries and has recently been appointed Diocesan Missioner for the Diocese of Kampala, Uganda. In 2008 a joint mission took place in Kampala between a group from St John’s and Medad’s mission team from the Kyambogo University. Charismatic Medad returns to the Alive Festival to update us on his latest mission trip to the UK.
The young people will have their own venue to mix with each other and experience God through youth-specific teaching and contemporary worship at morning and evening celebrations. In the afternoons they can relax, chill on the Wii or Xbox or attend relevant workshops or seminars. The main speaker is Rich Powney from Viz-A-Viz Ministries in Essex. Rich was very popular with the young people last year, he has an amazing story to tell. Evening speakers include Emily Hannah from Christian Youth Ministries in Ipswich and Jamie Hill from the Bible Society.
Primary-age children will be led, for the third year, by James Hamilton and his team. Every year there is a buzz as the children are engaged in exciting teaching, games (including an inflatable slide), drama, craft, storytelling, worship and loads more. In the evening they can enjoy Alive’s own cinema ‘The Box’ with wellsupervised viewing of the latest children’s blockbusters, so parents can enjoy the evening celebration.
Activities are provided for children aged 2½-4 years during two of the seminar sessions. We are delighted see the return of the Neal family, who show the children God’s love through songs, stories, drama and games. Every year our feedback forms say just how much the children enjoyed their time with the Neals. For under 3’s there will be a parent-supervised play area in Café Connect, our live link facility adjacent to the main venue, and in the Octagon. Roy Crowne Former national director of Youth for Christ, and author of an evangelistic training course ‘The Art of Connecting’, Roy now leads the team at HOPE Together, which emerged out of the Hope 08 national initiative. Roy, who has spent more than 29 years in Christian ministry, is driven by his belief that ‘the gospel has the power to change people’s lives’.
nigel Stock With a wealth of experience in parish ministry, overseas mission and more than ten years in senior roles, Bishop Nigel will talk about why the radical nature of St Francis’ following of Jesus Christ is central to ministry. The Third Order of Franciscans, of which he has been a member since 1996, are men and women from any walk of life who dedicate their lives to God’s service through prayer, study, and work. They live simply, never forgetting the needs of others.
thereâ€™s loads to do at alive for all the family hereâ€™s just a few things Alive festival offers
Oasis Cafe The Box Cinema for Kids Seminars Uplifting Worship Teaching Freerunners Prayer Room Cafe Connect Creative Streams parent supervised creche Mothers Room Bookshop Morning Bible Teachings Evening Celebrations National and Local Speakers After Hours Jazz Cafe Pre School Alive Youth Workshops Lunchtime Concerts sports Forums Tickets available now. To book visit www.alivefestival.org or call 01394 383162