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Big Weekend

Refreshing the church. Re-imagining Mission

 

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Hope is Here. Wherever You Are.

We know that not everybody can come to Cornwall for a long weekend. So this year, we’re bringing Creation Fest t0 you!

We’ll be making our content available – totally free of charge – so that churches across the UK can run their own Creation Fest Big Weekend hubs, opening their doors to create spaces for their own church family to be refreshed and for their wider community to encounter Jesus, and the hope that he brings.  

Our prayer is that Creation Fest Big Weekend becomes a catalyst for you to share a message of hope with YOUR church community.

What do we get?

  • Livestream morning teaching sessions, including worship and bible teaching from an incredible lineup of local, national and international speakers
  • Livestream evening Big Shed concerts, with worship from some of the biggest Christian artists, an incredible gospel message, life stories, and more!
  • Access to five pre-recorded seminar streams for you to choose from – full programme to be released soon.
  • A full Kid’s programme, in partnership with Allstars Kids Club, including session plans, pre-recorded worship and teaching, activities and games
  • A full youth programme. in partnership with The Message, including session plans, pre-recorded worship and teaching, activities and games
  • Training and support: zoom sessions with our team, plus In Conversation, a series of conversations designed to help you and your church reimagine mission
  • Resources: downloadable, customisable art, promotional videos – everything you’ll need to publicise your Big Weekend
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The Big Weekend is packed full of outstanding contributors, Gospel-centred content and Spirit-filled fun. It will fuel your heart and bring life to your bones. Don’t miss it.

Phil Knox, Head of Mission to Young Adults, Evangelical Alliance 

Run a Hub

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City or country, large or small, the Big Weekend is designed to be used flexibly, in a way that suits you and your community. Bringing a stellar lineup of international speakers, bands and artists to you, there’s never been an easier way to access all that Creation Fest has to offer!

Want to know more about what it looks like to run a Big Weekend Church Hub? Our Leaders Guide contains all you need to know about content, contributors, programming, resources, training, support and so much more!

Download our Hub Leaders Guide

Want to know more? Join our Mission and Ministry Lead, Sarah Yardley, for a quick half an hour introduction to the vision and heart behind the Big Weekend Hubs model, as well as lots of hints and tips on how you can use the content, inspire your team and invite your community!

Book 21 April

Book 28 April

 

Find a Hub

Coming soon: Find your nearest Creation Fest hub using our interactive, searchable map.

In Conversation

Want to know more? We’ll be unpacking the vision behind the Big Weekend and answering all your questions in a series of zoom calls specifically for church leadership teams. And then, for those that register as a church hub, we’ll have a final follow up call a few weeks before the event.

Plus, join us for a series of fully interactive discussions with some of the biggest and best Christian speakers around. Designed to equip and inspire you and your team in the run up to the Big Weekend, we’ll be tackling hot topics such as: What does it look like to creatively re-imagine mission? To lead authentically? How do we reach the now generation or mentor young leaders?

Tickets are free, but spaces are limited, so book your place on these exciting zoom calls today!

Schedule and Registration

FAQs

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Do I have to run the full, three day event?

No. You can run a full, three-day event, or pick and choose from the schedule to design your own event. Screen it all, or just a Saturday night live. Go for broke or dip your toe in the water. It’s up to you.

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What does it cost?

Nothing! The Creation Fest Big Weekend is free of charge. Just like all of our events and resources, we believe that the gospel should be freely shared and free for all. But that doesn’t mean that it’s free to put on! If you would like to make a donation, become a regular church partner or hold an offering for us at your event, your support will enable Creation Fest to be able to keep its events and resources free for years to come.

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What's in the Kids programme?

Developed in partnership with Allstars Kids Club, you will receive a high-quality, out-of-the-box programme that includes a downloadable session plan and everything that you need to deliver a high-energy kids programme, including teaching and worship videos, games and activities.

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What will the Youth and Kids programmes look like?

Our Big Weekend Kids Programme has been developed in partnership with Allstars Kids Club.

The Youth Programme has been developed in partnership with Message Trust and their in-house band, Amongst Wolves.

You will receive a high-quality, out-of-the-box programme that includes session plans and everything that you need to deliver them: pre-recorded teaching and worship, games, activities and a leaders guide.

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How can people book to come?

We’re leaving it up to local church hubs to run the booking systems for their event in the way that suits them best. Some may use an email address, some may use free ticketing systems such as Eventbrite. Some may (guidelines allowing!) decide to allow open access without prior booking. We’ll include links to local church hubs from our searchable map.

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How can I run a COVID-safe event?

Most of you will already be keeping up with the guidelines and regulations that are most appropriate to your setting. We’ll be updating all hub leaders with any additional information, help and support that we can provide to enable us all to run COVID-secure events this summer.

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How will people find out about my hub?

We’ll provide you with downloadable resources that you can use to publicise your event, including videos, graphics for social media, customisable posters and flyers. We’d encourage you to advertise your event as far and wide as you are able. Put it on your website and social media. Write a press release and send it in to your local paper. Drop flyers through doors.

We’ll also be listing all events on our searchable map.

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Can I just run the live sessions?

Yes! The Big Weekend is designed to be used in a way that is flexible to all settings. If you just want to run morning and evening sessions, that’s great! If you just want to run the afternoon seminars, go ahead. If you just want to tune in for the Saturday night, that’s fine.

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Do I have to run kids and youth work?

No, not at all. In our experience, providing quality kids and youth work is a great draw for local families, but more importantly, is an investment into the future of the Kingdom of God. BUT we appreciate that not all churches have spaces, teams or children and young people. It’s there if you need it. And it’s great.

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What can I do to make it fun and inviting for my community?

If you want some great ideas for creative community engagement, make sure you sign up for our very special zoom call with Carl Beech (Edge Ministries and Christian Vision for Men), Richard Witham (Scripture Union Sports Lead) and Tim Funnell (LiNX Youth Trust and Creation Fest Skate Park Manager).

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What support will I get?

As well as all of the content, downloadable resources and the support of our team, we’ve put together a schedule of zoom meetings designed to equip the local church in specific areas of ministry. There will also be specific vision and planning calls with our team to help you get ready for your Big Weekend.

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Can I just tune in for the teaching and run my own in-person worship?

Yes, please feel free to use your own worship band and just screen the Creation Fest Big Weekend teaching sessions. We’ll let you know the full schedule for the morning Big Shed sessions nearer the time so that you can schedule your events in a way that suits you.

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How will I access content?

Church Hubs will receive access to all pre-recorded videos by 25 July, 2021. Some sessions will be live streamed (see guide on p.4) from our Cornwall Hub location with unique hosts for the live stream and church hubs. 

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How do I make it relevant to my setting?

Each church setting is different, and our prayer is that the Big Weekend content makes it easy for you to reach out to your local community in a way that is right for you. Things to consider:

  • Choose Your Content. Consider which content streams will be most valuable for your church family to encounter the hope of the Gospel. 
  • Use Live Hosts. Ask members of your church family to host the event with live interaction for your venue in person. 
  • Offer Hospitality. Create a tea, coffee, or other hospitality space for your church family as you gather and share what you’ve learned.  
  • Create Prayer Spaces. Inside the venue, create prayer spaces for response to the messages and consider creating a HOPE prayer space outside your church venue. Find out more at Hope UK.
  • Build Community. Allow this to be a space to engage and grow with your community. Our content will be accessible for the follower of Jesus and the fringes; use this as a way to grow with your church family. 

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I'm in! Where do I sign up?

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