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About Keswick Convention

What is Keswick Convention?

Keswick Convention is a unique Christian event. Christians from all over the UK and from around the world gather in Keswick to hear the Word of God and to sing God’s praises, to be encouraged, inspired and equipped to love and live for Christ in His world.

The programme includes kids and youth meetings, Bible Teaching, seminars and worship, and much more taking place at the Pencil Factory in Keswick.

There is no charge to attend, and everyone is welcome. Simply book your accommodation and join us!

The 2024 Convention dates are as follows:

Week 1: Saturday 13th – Friday 19th July – David Gibson
Week 2: Saturday 20th – Friday 26th July – Andrew Sach
Week 3: Saturday 27th July – Friday 2nd August – Vaughan Roberts

What do I do when I arrive?

When does it all start & finish?

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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 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.

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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 towards the total cost incurred in attending the Convention, including accommodation, travel, etc. 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 2023?
  • 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?

  • Application forms will be available on request from Keswick Ministries from November. 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.
Keswick Ministries