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2023 Convention | Week 1

Week One

Saturday 15th July – Friday 21st July

Who we are in Christ

Main Tent |  Catch Up | Keswick Methodist Church
7:30-9:00pm

Sung Worship Led By: Emu Music

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Sunday Services

All Age Service – Main Tent | Base Camp Relay 

10:30-11:30am

How we can be sure | 1 John

Morning Bible Reader: Sam Allberry

Main Tent |  Catch Up | Keswick Methodist Church
11:15am-12:30pm | Monday-Friday

Monday – Because Christ has come: 1 John 1:1-2:2

John has written this letter so that we can know we have life, and shows us in this text that the eternal son has come, been seen and proclaimed to us all so that we can find atonement for our sins.

Tuesday – Because we now walk in the light: 1 John 2:3-27

John introduces us to the “tests” that can help Christians know they have genuine faith — keeping God’s commands, loving his people, and recognising his truth.

Wednesday – Because of how we love: 1 John 2:28-3:24

John zeroes in on what it means for us to “abide” in Jesus, and to live in the light of his future return, by turning from sin and living the new life Christ has given us.

Thursday – Because we have the Spirit: 1 John 4:1-5:5

Part of our assurance comes from being able to recognise the false spirits in the world, and the evidence of the Holy Spirit in our lives, especially in how we can now perceive and understand who Jesus really is.

Friday – Because of what we believe: 1 John 5:6-21

We might think it is good to “have faith” of some sort, but John shows us that it is only genuine faith in Jesus that matters, a faith grounded in authentic truth and which changes our lives.

Sung Worship Led By: Emu Music

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Seminars

What on Earth are we Humans Here for?: Mark Greene

Main Tent |  Catch Up 
9:30-10:30am | Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri

Purpose, calling and everyday partnership In God’s mission. 

  1. Humans in the Divine Plan: The Big Picture
  2. The Everyday Human: Living and working with God
  3. The Human Being, Wondrously Made: Mind, Body, Spirit?
  4. The Fruitful Human: A Rich Framework for Everyday Fruitfulness

Back to the Basics: Anne Zaki

PF 2.01 | 9:30-10:30am | Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri
  1. Learning to Talk – Prayer
  2. Learning to Rest – Solitude
  3. Learning to Apologise – Confession
  4. Learning to Thank – Worship

On Being Creatures – The Dignity and Beauty of Being Human : Matthew Mason

PF 2.02 | 9:30-10:30am | Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri
  1. Life: The Dignity of Being Creatures
  2. Image: The Goodness of Souls and Bodies
  3. Devastation: The Corruption of Our Nature
  4. Upgrade: A Better Way of Being Human?
 
Click on the buttons below for corresponding handouts.

Reaching our (urban) neighbours : Efrem Buckle

PH 2 | 9:30-10:30am | Mon, Tues
  1. The difference grace makes: The doctrines of Grace in Urban Mission
  2. The inequality of true equality: The Sovereignty of God in Urban Mission

Missing People: Count Everyone In : Pete Winmill

GF 02 | 9:30-10:30am | Thursday

Seminar for individuals and churches thinking about responding to adults with learning disabilities.

Failing Bodies / Failing Minds: Paul Mallard and Louise Morse

PH 2 | 9:30-10:30am | Thurs, Fri
  1. Failing bodies: Living with chronic illness

      2. Dementia: The Power of Spiritual Support

Keswick Lecture

Main Tent |  Catch Up
9:30-10:30am | Wednesday

Slavery – a theological reflection and practical mandate: James Ewins

We aim to keep afternoons clear during Convention so you can reflect and enjoy all the lake district has to offer. However, there is a concert each week and a few receptions for particular groups on site in the afternoon for those looking for something more.

There is also plenty of time in the afternoons to explore the beautiful surroundings of Keswick and the Lake District.

Visit the Enjoy Keswick Website to browse Food & Drink, Shopping, Outdoor Activities, Museums and more!

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Welcome Reception

PF 1.01 | 2:00-3:00pm | Sunday

For those who are attending Convention for the first time or looking for more information about the Convention and Keswick Ministries.

Link-up Lunch

Base Camp Cafe | 1:30-2:30pm | Monday

Open to all. Meet new friends to attend the programme, explore Keswick with or just to share lunch with.

Keswick Fellowship Connect

PF 1.01 | 2:00-3:00pm | Monday

For committee members or designated representatives of national and international Keswick Fellowship events to meet together for a time of encouragement and sharing.

Mission Personnel Afternoon Tea

PF 1.01 | 3:00-5:00pm | Tuesday

This event is for mission personnel who work overseas. Welcome! Come and chat, share and pray together with other mission personnel, as well as listen to a short talk. Do this all whilst eating cake and drinking tea! A place where you won’t be asked what were the toilets like? or what was the food like? But rather a place to share honestly about the trials and joys in a room of people who understand the ebbs and flows, highs and lows all too well.

 

This event is for mission personnel to provide an opportunity to support, chat and connect with others who also serve God around the world.

Families of Mission Personnel Afternoon Tea

PF 1.01 | 3:00-5:00pm | Wednesday

This event is for family members of mission partners living overseas.

This is a great opportunity for those whose children, grandchildren, brothers or sisters are living and working overseas to get together and share fellowship, experiences and ideas. There will be some input on how family members can support their loved ones well, but also how they can be supported themselves. There’ll also be plenty of time to chat over tea, coffee and cake! Please register at the convention reception.

This event is for family members of mission partners to provide an opportunity to chat and connect with others who have loved ones serving God around the world.

Christians in the Workplace

PF 1.01 | 1:00-2:00pm | Wednesday and Thursday

An opportunity for those working in similar environments to come together and discuss some of the encouragements and challenges you experience as Christians in your sector, as well as bring questions to a panel from the ‘Your Job, God’s Work’ stand.

There is a guide on which day sectors meet, but don’t feel restricted to these times:

Wednesday – Public Sector (healthcare,
education, social care, law enforcement, local council)

Thursday – Private Sector (trades, cleaning, agriculture, hospitality, retail, business, IT the arts…)

 

Church Leaders and Whole-Life Discipleship

PF 1.01 | 2:15-3:15pm | Thursday

A workshop for those leading within local church to think about living for Jesus in every aspect of life and pastorally.

Michael Tinker Concert

Main Tent | 2:30-3:30pm | Tuesday

Join Michael Tinker for an afternoon of fun, music and laughter that all the family can enjoy! 

Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Pencil Factory Open Afternoon

Pencil Factory | 2:00-3:00pm | Wednesday

An opportunity to see the refurbished Pencil Factory. 

Find out more about the Derwent Project.

Teaching & Training Events Information Evening

Base Camp PH 1 | 9:15-10:15pm | Monday

Join James Robson (Ministry Director for Keswick Ministries) to hear more about the Teaching & Training events and workshops held throughout the year in the Lake District that can help you and your church engage with the Bible, grow in faith, and serve God’s mission where he has placed you.

EMU Concert

Main Tent | Catch Up

9:15-10:15pm | Wednesday

EMU Music plays some of their favourite worship songs and sharing stories, inspiration and insight into their songwriting.

EMU filmed in PF for VKC 2020

In light of our convention theme ‘Human’ we’ll be thinking together about what it means to be human in light of the truth that God has both made us and saved us.

Each morning we’ll be meeting for our seminar track to get stuck into this topic, and to understand better what a privilege and responsibility our humanness is.

All Meetings in PF 1.01

Morning Gathering: Monday-Friday – 9.30-11:00am

Monday – Human: made in God’s image

Tuesday – Human: glorious ruins

Thursday – Human: the Word made flesh

Friday – Human: the body and the bride

Afternoon Social: Monday-Friday – 2:00-4:00pm

Whether you’ve come to Keswick as part of a group, or you’re here on your own, we’d love to help you create community this week! Come join us between 2-4 each afternoon (Mon-Fri) for 19-24s social. Locations will vary, so please check out social media, or listen for notices at the 19-24 sessions.

Late Night: Sunday-Thursday – 9.15-10.15pm

Each evening, after the Evening Celebration, we’ll gather for 19-24s Late Night. Join us for an eclectic mixture of interviews, games, prayer, music, and general fun. A great way to end each day!

Prayer is an important part of the Convention, both in bringing our thanksgiving and requests to God, and supporting those who would appreciate prayer with our team.

Morning Prayer Meetings

8:45-9:15am | Monday-Friday | Basecamp PH1

Join us each morning for a time of prayer as we bring thanksgiving and prayer requests to our gracious God. Download prayer slides below to pray with us.

Prayer Room

8:30-10:30am & 13:00-16:00pm | Monday-Friday | PF

A quiet space to pray throughout the week. Open when Kids & Youth programmes are not taking place.

Prayer Team

Our Prayer Team are available to pray with you after morning and evening meetings in the Main Tent. The Prayer Space is to the right of the stage.

If you are in full-time, pastoral ministry, you can book a prayer appointment with the team during the week.

Visit the Convention Reception to book.

Keswick Convention is Made Possible by Kind Supporters Like You

Keswick Convention is free of charge making the event accessible to all. 

We are dependent on our supporters to keep the Convention running each year. 

Keswick Kids

Register children and youth for the dedicated Keswick for Kids and Keswick Youth programmes which run alongside the Bible Reading and Evening Celebration sessions.

Children and youth sessions include small groups, games and activities, singing and prayer all centred around learning from God’s word.

Find out more about Keswick for Kids and Keswick Youth.

Team Leader: Liam Brocken

All Age Service – Sunday

Main Tent | 10:30am

Morning Session – Monday to Friday

PF G.03 | 11am-12.45pm

All Age Service – Sunday

Main Tent | 10:30am

Morning Session – Monday to Friday

PF G.03 | 11am-12.45pm

Team Leaders: George and Hannah Hale
Hannah & George Hale are the Week 1, 3-4s leaders

All Age Service – Sunday

Main Tent | 10:30am

Morning Session – Monday to Friday

PF 1.03 | 11am-12.45pm

Team Leaders: Josh & Heather Renwick

Josh & Heather Renwick are the Week 1, 5-7s leaders

 

All Age Service – Sunday

Main Tent | 10:30am

Morning Session – Monday to Friday

PF 2.03 | 11am-12.45pm

Evening Session – Sunday to Friday

PF 2.03 | 7:15-9:10pm

Team Leader: Liam Brocken
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Keswick Youth

Register children and youth for the dedicated Keswick for Kids and Keswick Youth programmes which run alongside the Bible Reading and Evening Celebration sessions.

Children and youth sessions include small groups, games and activities, singing and prayer all centred around learning from God’s word.

Find out more about Keswick for Kids and Keswick Youth.

Team Leader: Andy Acheson

All Age Service – Sunday

Main Tent | 10:30am

Morning Session – Monday to Thursday

PF 2.02 | 11am-12.45pm

Evening Session – Sunday to Thursday

PF 2.02 | 7:15-9:10pm

Late Nite – Sunday to Thursday

PF G.04 | 9:15-10:15pm

Team Leader: Paul McFadden

All Age Service – Sunday

Main Tent | 10:30am

Morning Session – Monday to Thursday

PF G.04 | 11am-12.45pm

Evening Session – Sunday to Thursday

PF G.04 | 7:15-9:10pm

Late Nite – Sunday to Thursday

PF G.04 | 9:15-10:15pm

Team Leader: Andy Acheson

Count Everyone In

Many people with learning disabilities encounter God for the first time at Keswick Convention and others grow in their faith and understanding.

The Count Everyone In programme comprises morning celebrations Monday to Friday and a Tuesday afternoon workshop. 

The CEI team will be led by Janneke Klos who is a Makaton signer and tutor.

Daily Celebration

PF G.02 | 11am–12.30pm | Monday-Friday
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Creation

Main Bible text – Genesis 1-2

God made the world and He created humans ‘in His image’.  He gave humans instructions on how to live and a job to do.  

The Fall

Main Bible text – Genesis 3:1-24

Humans disobeyed God and spoiled His world.  We see and feel the effects of the Fall in our lives and in the world today. 

God’s Plan – Jesus

Main Bible text – Luke 2:1-7, John 3:16 and Philippians 2:6-8a

We will be looking at Jesus’ humanity whilst living in a broken world. 

God’s Plan – Redemption

Main Bible text – John 3:16, Philippians 8b-9

Jesus died and rose again to save the whole world (not ‘just’ the people, but all of creation). 

The New Heaven and the New Earth

Main Bible text – Revelation 21:1-8 and Philippians 2:9b-11

God has promised that He will re-create the earth when Jesus returns.  People from every nation will worship Him. 

Afternoon Workshop

PF G.02 | 2:30-4:00pm | Tuesday

In the workshop we will be exploring God’s creation (the environment (plants, trees, etc) and us as people) and how we can look after it (the environment and us as people) well.  We will be doing this in different creative ways, so there should be an activity that everyone will like.

Seminar for churches: Missing People – Pete Winmill

PF G.02 | 9:30-10:30am | Thursday
This seminar is for individuals and churches thinking about responding to adults with learning disabilities. This session will inspire and inform about how mission and ministry for adults with learning disabilities can transform lives and churches.
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