About the Keswick Convention

What is the Convention?

The Keswick Convention is a unique Christian event. It is free and everyone is welcome.

The main event is held in a marquee, where we hold the morning Bible Readings from Monday to Friday and evening celebrations every day. We host interesting and inspiring seminars, the Keswick Lecture, Keswick Unconventional and we run dedicated programmes for children, youth, and young adults. We use different venues including local churches for these various seminars and programmes. Experience the sense of unity across generations and denominations as people gather to hear from God’s Word.

Join us at the Convention this summer and go home refreshed, equipped and inspired, to serve God and become more like His Son.

All you need to do is book your accommodation and join us!

What do I do when I arrive?

If you’re arriving on a Saturday the roads in and around Keswick will be busy, so please be patient! 

Get acquainted with the town. There are two supermarkets, bakeries, take-aways and plenty of places to eat. 

Buy the Handbook (available from Convention Reception or Moot Hall Tourist Information), which has all you need to know about the Convention. 

If you have not done so before, register any 3-18 year olds straight away to avoid queues outside the venues.

When does it all start & finish?

  • The first meeting is the Evening Celebration at 7.30pm on the Saturday in the Main Tent on Skiddaw Street. 
  • Kids and Youth – remember to register your children.
  • The Youth Programme starts with Late Nite at 9.15pm on Saturday at the Rawnsley site. 
  • K4K Kids Club starts on Sunday at 7pm for 8-11s and Monday at 10.45am for 3-7s. 
  • The Convention finishes after the Evening Celebration on the Friday of each week at 9pm.

Base Camp

During the Convention be sure to make time to visit Base Camp on the Rawnsley site! Base Camp is a hub for a whole range of activities and resources including the following:

Global mission exhibition

Learn what God is doing around the world from a wide variety of mission agencies.

Bookshop

A huge selection of books, Bibles and gifts for children, teens and adults.

Summit café

A great place to meet up with friends.

SERVICEstation

A place to explore your calling and gifts and find opportunities to serve God at home or abroad.

Multi-purpose venue

Venue for prayer meetings, seminars and the live relay of both the morning Bible Readings and the Evening Celebrations.

Opening Times

Day Afternoon Evening 
Sun 2.00-4.00pm 7.15-10.30pm 
Mon-Thu 9.00-5.00pm 7.15-10.30pm 
Fri 9.00-5.00pm Closed 
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Keswick Unconventional

If you’re interested in engaging with life and faith through the arts, then the Keswick Unconventional programme is just for you!

The KU arts track, held in Week 3 of the Convention, enables you to explore the Christian faith via the arts in the form of concerts, drama, poetry, story telling, film and much more.

A packed programme of events are held at St John’s Church throughout the week, which are inspiring, thought-provoking and will encourage you in your faith.

They are also a great opportunity to invite friends and family members, who are interested in the arts and who want to know more about the Christian faith.

Special Celebrations

A team from Count Everyone In, lead the Special Celebrations which run during Week 2. Our accessible worship follows the Convention theme and is open to everyone. It is particularly appropriate for adults with learning disabilities. There will be lots of opportunity for you to express yourselves freely in worship and drama if you wish. We hope you will be encouraged in your faith, make new friends and renew friendships with those who come to these celebrations year after year.

For more information about Count Everyone In, head over to their website here.

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Mission

For more than 100 years, mission has been at the very heart of the Keswick Convention and those responsible for the ministry at this time believe that’s exactly where it should stay, as that expresses the heart of God. So, today our strapline reads, Hearing God’s Word, Becoming Like God’s Son and Serving God’s Mission.

Every week at the Convention, one of the evening celebrations will have a special mission emphasis.

At the end of that evening, there will be a call to mission involvement. Over the last 100 years, this has been a meeting truly used of God in exceptional ways. Hundreds of missionaries are serving the Lord in this nation and around the world who responded at a meeting such as this.

We do trust that all who attend the convention will come with a heart open to God, enquiring whether there may be ways in which He would seek to be using them, even more than at present in serving God’s mission. Just so that you can prepare your heart, the call to mission involvement will be in two parts. We expect the Lord to move in the hearts of many people, encouraging them to a further step in mission’s involvement. This might be joining a mission’s prayer group, supporting a missionary either here or in some other part of the world. It may be God showing you that you are to be His witness wherever you are living and working right now. However, it may be that God will call some to a significant change of work and location, to be involved in His mission in a wholly new way. To those who sense that call of God, an opportunity will be given for a public response and commitment.

Mission Hospitality Fund

What is the Missionary Hospitality Fund?

Our Missionary Hospitality Fund enables missionaries to attend a week of the Convention whilst visiting the UK or at home on furlough. Grants are allocated to provide accommodation whilst they are in Keswick.

We also run a special seminar each week which gives missionaries a chance to meet and enjoy a time of reflection, adjustment and encouragement. All this is made possible by generous giving to our Missionary Hospitality Fund.

Over the years the fund has enabled hundreds of missionaries and their families to benefit from a week of spiritual refreshment and this year was no exception with over 40 adults and over 40 children and young people benefitting from a week of spiritual refreshment and fellowship.

What are the criteria?

Click here to see the criteria. If you meet the criteria please do contact us for an application form!

Can I invite a missionary I know to Keswick 2020?

  • Yes! Give your missionary friends our email address so they can apply.
  • If you wish to invite a friend who is an overseas national requiring a visa, you will need to ‘sponsor’ them by writing a supporting letter to accompany the visa application. (Keswick Ministries are unable to do this.) It is advisable that Keswick makes up just a part of a longer trip to the UK as we do not pay for fares.

How and when do I apply for a grant?

  • Contact Charlotte Bampton in the office. Tel: 017687 80075 or email: info@keswickministries.org
  • Application forms will be available on request from the Convention Centre from October. As funding is limited you should apply as early as possible. We will confirm grants in January.

Can I donate to the fund?

Yes! As a result of your generosity we will be able to continue bringing missionaries and overseas guests to attend a week of the Convention for both physical and spiritual refreshment. Your continued giving really does make a difference to the lives of so many who have been able to attend the Convention, only because of the financial support of this Fund.

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