Spring Harvest is an Inter-Denominational Christian Conference, which takes place over Easter.
It is for people of all ages and church backgrounds and features inspirational Bible teaching, seminars, and spirit-filled worship. It's about one thing: deepening your walk with God, so you return home inspired to impact your community and your friends, for Jesus.
Each year Donna organises a group booking and this year about 25 of us went from Sutton Village Church. We set off on the Thursday before Good Friday along the M62 and a few car loads happened to meet up at Doncaster North Services for a picnic and a reviving Cappuccino. We then hit the road again for the rest of our journey to Butlins in Skegness and week two of Spring Harvest 2009.
On arrival we checked in at the Skyline reception and found our accommodation. Time to unpack then a quick walk around the site to check out the exhibitors before tea.
The event kicked off in the Big Top that evening. The worship for week two was lead by Mark Tedder and his Worshiplanet band. Mark is the Worship leader at Woodmen Valley Chapel, Colorado Springs. He led the worship at Spring Harvest in 2003 and 2005 and has spent the last few years based in Beijing leading an international ministry team.
The main speaker in the big top this year was Steve Chalke and he outlined the theme for the week ahead. We were to “walk in the way of Christ”.
Each morning the Big Start in the main marquee rallied us. This was an all age celebration to introduce the topic for the day and get everyone firing on all cylinders. The Big Start is a mixture of praise and worship songs, crazy dance actions, prayer and humorous sketches performed by the Saltmine Theatre Company.
Then after a short break, off to the various activities available around the site. Adults were invited to fill out a questionnaire at he the beginning of the week to determine their preferred learning style: Activist, Reflector, Theorist or Pragmatist. By attending the appropriate seminars, we were able to get the most out of each session. There were also three different kids zones from tots through to teenagers.
After lunch there was the opportunity to relax, learn something new or develop an existing interest. On offer were: seminars, workshops, sports and leisure options, and a massive resource exhibition.
We meet up for an early evening meal and we where then ready for the Big Top again for the evening celebration. Then for those with stamina to burn, the late evening entertainment consisted of Worship Bands to cater for all ages and tastes.
Attending Spring Harvest is like being in a cocoon, a haven, sheltered from the outside world. You feel safe being surrounded by fellow Christians. You are able to soak in the presence of God and focus on him.
We endeavor to bring these thoughts and all that we learnt back home with us. To reflect and apply this things to our everyday lives.
The Tuesday after Easter Monday is always the day we look forward to least, as it is the day we come home. One last celebration event in the Big Top, then our last our last coffee and visit to Burger King in the Skyline pavilion. A quick tour of the fair then hit the road for the drive home. Another Spring Harvest has been and gone and already we are looking forward to the next one.
If you would like to attend Spring Harvest 2010 at Butlins Skegness, please contact us at Sutton Village Church.