Youth @ Ashburnham 2015

The team, led by Simon Quincey (Kings Church Oxted), Joe Symeou (New Community Sidcup), and Pete Benton (Jubilee Community Church East Grinstead), were excellent. Worship was pumping, with phat sounds and sensitive leading from Zac Guy, Dieter Loosemore, and Jannine Perrineau (Everyday Church Wimbledon). As well as praise and celebration we had precious times spent hearing from God. Will & Eva Andrews (Crawley Community Church) hosted evening chill out sessions in our Departure Lounge Cafe, alongside the popular sumo fighting ring.

The young people were equipped excellently through morning seminars on topics like faith, identity, and purity. We also had Extreme Olympics challenges, with the young people put into nations to compete.

The preaching throughout the weekend was relevant and packed full of biblical truth. Jez Field kicked off the weekend looking in James at living by faith and calling for a response to literally stand for Jesus. Saturday saw Zac Guy lead morning devotionals in groups, reflecting on the generosity of God. In the evening, Nathan Lambert (Paris) preached on the grace of God and called people to make a response to the gospel. We saw our prodigal God call a significant number of sons and daughters home with commitments and recommitments to Jesus. PJ Smyth spoke on Sunday morning, changing his message at the last second. He stirred us up with a call to reach the nations, lose our reputation, and live our lives like the early apostles in Acts. Livy Gibbs spoke on deciding to live a life for Jesus 24/7, 365 days year, by making worship decisions that shape our lives. We finished up on Monday morning as I (Pete Benton) summarized aspects of the weekend by looking at the story of Stephen from Acts 7. We saw many young people respond to a call to surrender their lives in order to go to the nations.

Each meeting had a European flavour with interviews and prayer for our New Ground churches across the continent. We took an offering as an active sign of our ownership towards the New Ground vision, and the young people gave £250+. It was a privilege to see the young people get caught up with God's heart for Europe, answering the question "Has God forgotten Europe?" loudly and with conviction, "NO He hasn't!"