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Keswick Convention 2020 dates confirmed

5 October 2018

Keswick Convention 2018 crowd

The Keswick Convention dates for 2020 have been confirmed as:

Week 1: 11 - 17 July, Week 2: 18 - 24 July and Week 3: 25 - 31 July.

“We’re pleased to confirm the dates, which, in 2020, all fall within July, something that happens about once every five years. The first week will be in Cumbria’s school term. It’s important to release the dates this early to help conventioners plan ahead for their holidays,” said Keswick Ministries, COO, David Sawday.

In addition, the 2020 Convention’s main marquee will, pending planning permission, be on the charity’s Pencil Factory site for the first time.

The charity purchased the old Derwent pencil factory site in 2015 with a view to holding its main event, the Keswick Convention, on one, integrated site. At present, children, youth and mission programmes run on the Rawnsley site and the main Bible readings take place in Skiddaw Street.

“While we are in the midst of organising the 2019 Convention, some elements of our plans are already underway for 2020. We’re all very excited to be working on the various aspects of bringing together different programme elements of this historic event in one place, where children and adults can celebrate their faith together.” Mr Sawday added.

Every year, the Convention has a theme to highlight a different area of the Christian experience. The theme being worked on for 2020 is around idea of ‘Thankfulness’.

“The culture in our society is very much focused on attaining ever higher levels of achievement and possessions – which leads to feelings of dissatisfaction. However, for Christians, gratefulness is a key to our daily walk with Christ. So, we’d like to encourage Conventioners through a biblical outlook on their circumstances to give thanks to God for his love and provision whatever their situation. 2020 will be the 145th year of the Convention, an event which has blessed hundreds of thousands of Christians over the years. That alone, is reason to give thanks.”

The Pencil Factory has a strong association with the Keswick Convention. It was originally owned by Charles Greenwood, a local iron monger who was converted to Christianity after hearing a Convention preacher Daniel Crawford proclaim the gospel in the Market Place in Keswick. Charles was so impressed that he even named his son, Daniel Crawford Greenwood, after the Preacher.