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Crowds Flock to Connect in Poole

by Michael Ford last modified 29 May, 2013 11:58 AM

Churchgoers of all ages, artists, dancers and musicians gathered in droves for the Connect 2013 Festival in Holton Lee, near Poole, over the Bank Holiday Weekend (24-27 May).

Crowds Flock to Connect in Poole

Sunday Worship- lots more pictures in the Facebook Gallery

Speakers Mike Pilavachi, Roy and Daphne Godwin, Russ Parker and Debra Green emphasised themes of ‘use what you’ve got’ and ‘just have a go’ in order to benefit others.

Activities included an open crowd festival in the main arena; bouncy castles and inflatables; massage therapy and prayer for healing; a mobile bus project; seminars; and lively, colourful services attended by up to 1200 people at a time.

Rural Dean Jean de Garis said: “It’s been fantastic... many people coming to know the love of God in Jesus this weekend, and God the Holy Spirit.”

He added, “People being empowered and equipped to know that they have a role, they have a purpose and a destiny- their life isn’t accidental. And that’s true for the oldest people to the very youngest.”

Outreach worker Michelle Dales said: “I’m just really excited about the Church; what’s specifically happening in the Church of England at this time. I’m just excited by how freed-up people are becoming.”

Soul Survivor is a highly successful and popular youth ministry led by Mike Pilavachi and based in Watford. It has its own annual festivals and a worldwide following.

Redeeming Our Communities, led by Frank and Debra Green, 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, run by Roy and Daphne Godwin, 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, led by Russ Parker andbased 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.

Fusion Youth and Community UK originate in Australia and enable churches to make a difference in their local area through the likes of youth cafes, open crowd festivals and parenting courses. Marty Woods is the Youth and Community Coordinator.


The official website 
Facebook Gallery
YouTube clip [to follow]
Soul Survivor 
Redeeming Our Communities 
Acorn Christian Healing Foundation 
Fusion YAC UK 

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

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