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Soul Survivor’s Mike Pilavachi Headlines Connect 2013

by Michael Ford last modified 21 May, 2013 08:34 AM

Mike Pilavachi of Soul Survivor, Debra Green of Redeeming Our Communities, Roy Godwin of Ffald-y-Brenin and Russ Parker of Acorn Christian Foundation are the main speakers at Connect 2013.

Soul Survivor’s Mike Pilavachi Headlines Connect 2013

Mike Pilavachi

The event takes place this weekend (24-27 May) at Holton Lee, near Poole, and is expected to attract thousands of churchgoers.

The Bishop of Sherborne, Dr Graham Kings, will attend. Seminar speakers include composer Adrian Snell and psychotherapist Alison Kings.

The family-focused programme includes seminars, interest groups, activities, evening celebrations, youth and children’s events and optional camping. Worship bands from local churches will lead worship in the afternoon and evening main tent sessions.

On Sunday 26 May, many churches are closing their main service and coming together at 10.30am for a joint service at Connect. This will be followed by a free festival for all ages, which will be open to the public.

Nearly 2,000 people attended the last Connect in July 2011, representing approximately 30 churches from around Dorset: 50 churches are expected to participate this year. The number of campsite bookings has quadrupled since 2011 and all the places for the children’s and youth events are fully booked with a waiting list.

Trustee and former Diocesan Olympics Co-ordinator Anni Douglas says, “The first events in 2010 and 2011 exceeded our expectations in every way and feedback from church leaders ever since has been extremely positive. Holton Lee is a perfect setting, with 350 acres of beautiful landscape including woodland and meadows alongside Poole Harbour and near the Purbeck Hills.”


Soul Survivor is a highly successful and popular youth ministry based in Watford, with annual festivals and a worldwide following.
Redeeming Our Communities addresses issues of crime and community cohesion via 40 projects across the UK, bringing together community groups, churches, the police, the fire service, local authorities and voluntary agencies.
Ffald-y-Brenin is an award-winning Christian Retreat Centre in North Pembrokeshire, Southwest Wales, and the subject of the book ‘The Grace Outpouring’.
Acorn Christian Healing Foundation, based in Hampshire, specialises in ministries of listening, healing and reconciliation. ACHF has recently initiated an innovative research project into the value of active listening for hospital patients in partnership with the University of Leeds.

The official Connect websitethe latest programme
The Bishop of Sherborne 
Soul Survivor 
Redeeming Our Communities 
Acorn Christian Healing Foundation 

Further information
Contact Michael Ford, Communications Co-ordinator:
01722 438651, 07500 836989, 

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