Help us share the future of the Keswick Convention
the derwent project
Share The Future
‘A long and fruitful history is not only something for which we can thank God, but also a foundation for future growth. I am delighted that the Keswick movement has grown in the UK and rippled around the world, and that there is fresh vision to see the work expand still further. The Derwent Project is a great platform for growth, providing an integrated site for future Conventions, a home for more regular teaching and training ministry, and a resource for churches across the region and beyond. We are praying that, by God’s grace, this will result in further gospel advance, firmer commitment to the teaching of God’s Word, sustained spiritual renewal of individuals and churches, a wide commitment to the cause of mission, and a growing impact in society – all for the glory of Christ the Lord.’
Minister-at-Large, Keswick Ministries
For more than 140 years Keswick has united God’s people and strengthened the churches around the Word of God. The Convention has grown from a small gathering on the lawn at St John’s Church, Keswick in 1875, to become a global movement for spiritual renewal and growth. We now welcome more than 12,000 Christians from across the UK and beyond each year. We thank God that lives have been changed, churches have been renewed, and God’s missionary purposes have been advanced.
As both our sites are nearing capacity, we have some exciting decisions to make about the future. We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to integrate and expand our ministry through the purchase and development of the former Derwent Pencil Factory site in Keswick. The purchase of this site and the construction of a new conference facility will help us create a new, multi-purpose venue to expand our vision to share the life-changing power of the gospel with future generations.
We have been able to acquire the site through the help of a Christian Trust, and our next challenge is to raise the money to pay the Trust back, as well as to develop the newly-integrated site.
This will enable us to fulfil our vision of an expanded summer Convention plus a more substantial programme of teaching events at other times of the year, encouraging God’s people around the rock solid certainties of the gospel. The carefully planned integrated site will be more than twice the size of our existing Rawnsley site, with improved access and greater integration of our programmes.
The Derwent Project will enable us to:
- Host our children’s and young people’s work and missions exhibition alongside our adult programme.
- Expand our teaching and training programmes at other times of the year.
- Offer training for youth workers, preachers, leaders, pastors and mission workers.
- Encourage and resource local churches in Cumbria and the North.
- Strengthen and resource our UK and international partnerships.
There are various ways that you can help share the future through the Derwent Project
“Summer after Summer, after Summer
my family and I return to the Keswick Convention. It is great to meet up with old friends and never fails to refresh spirit and mind.”sarah anthony, 28