It has been a privilege to serve our young people at Newday this year. We joined 6000 or so other young people in Norfolk, camping for a week to explore and grow in our faith, as well as have lots of fun!
Over the week I watched the young people push into the presence of God, learn more about Him, build new friendships, as well as, serve and love others well.
We went with the team and youth from Harpenden and fun was to be had by all. The resilience of young people continually surprised me; queuing up for showers… from around 5 am (the shower/toilet block was right outside the leaders’ tent), feeling no regret when dousing their youth leaders with gunge! Doing the most ridiculous tasks to win prizes!
It was great as I got to see a different side to our youth, the musical talent, creativity, laughter and joy were things I already knew but during the week it was a privilege to find out more as we worshipped, learnt and did life together.
Linda Geevanathan, Hope Church Youth Leader
Even though I’ve attended Newday 6 times now, every year I get something new from it. This year I went to a seminar on Islam, which is an area I’m really interested learning about as I go to a college, which has many Muslims in. It was great hearing more about Islam and how to answer difficult questions from Muslims. Newday is a great place to grow friendships with people and God. The worship this year was amazing and spoke lots of truths:
“My soul is alive with worship” , “Even through the darkest night I know you won’t forsake me” , “All of my failing, Jesus has taken with open arms at cavalry” , “There is no better day to be living now the price is paid for our salvation”
Going to Newday for the first time as a leader was certainly more exhausting than going as a youth! Watching the youth meet with God however was great and definitely made the lack of sleep and obligatory gunging worthwhile! Sharing our site with Harpenden this year was a particular highlight, as it was fantastic to meet and get to know other young Christians from nearby, and they were all fun and friendly. As always, there was plenty of excellent teaching through the week, with many of our youth finding the hilarious talk on the resurrection breakfast from Mike Pilavachi one of their favourites. Yet again, an awesome week, as always.
Newday is, without a doubt, the highlight of my summer. There is something so incredibly moving about 6000 young people worshipping in one place, lifting up one name. The number of new commitments, re-commitments and reported healings is enough to make you realise how amazing it really is because no one is too young to experience God’s greatness. And at the same time, it’s awesome to hang out with a bunch of other God-loving young people and socialise in a fun and positive environment and I can’t wait to come back next year as a server.
One talk that stood out for me was by Andrew Wilson, where he talked about leaving the things of the world behind for this one amazing, beautiful, free gift. I loved it because it helped me to realise that I really can just worship God forever and He alone is enough to satisfy me. The sense of freedom I felt was overwhelming, It’s like one of the songs we sang whilst we were there that said “take the world but as long as there’s you, I’m singing.”
NewDay is an event for 12-19 year olds to encounter God, and runs 1st – 6th August (departing on the 7th) 2016.
Booking info will be given nearer the time – check hopechurch.co.uk click ‘News & Other’