16th August 2018
What do a big blue tent, thousands of young people, milkshakes and Jesus have in common? Another year at Newday!
For the fifteenth year (since 2004 when I was eleven years old) we took a mass of our young people to join with thousands of others from around the UK and abroad to camp, play sports, drink milkshakes, have water fights and, most importantly, to exalt and worship the name of Jesus!
Once again King’s was so well represented at Newday, with our people being involved in almost every area of the event!
Setup – for the eleventh year in a row, we sent a team of around twelve young people, five days before the event started, to help set up the site: carpeting, fencing, moving tonnes of equipment, laying pedestrian trackway – you name it, they did it, and did us proud!
Event servers – It requires around 1,000 servers to make Newday happen and we had a number of our people playing a variety of roles at the event. From making coffee, hosting the music venue, praying with young people and emptying bins, King’s people were right in the middle of it and did an amazing job!
Joe Macnamara did another belter of a preach on the opening night of the event, focusing on the issue of shame and reminding us all that the guilt and shame we often still walk around wearing has been replaced with a robe of righteousness, given to us through Christ on the cross. I don’t know about you, but I can never hear that enough!
Worship – For the third year we took some of our worship team to help lead people into the throne room of God. We were well received and had some wonderful times in His presence together. The highlight was on Thursday evening when we were joined by a choir we put together, directed by our own Alex Magloire from Lee and Farriea Mclean Mannen from Catford – it was stunning!
Youth Leaders – I want to take this opportunity to publicly thank everyone who came to Newday as a youth leader from King’s. You served our young people so well, going to bed late every day, rising early, always being alert with next to no downtime. It is extremely tiring but you served wholeheartedly and we are so grateful for you. There are also many youth workers at King’s who serve all year round but who couldn’t be at Newday. We also want to thank you, as what happens in our young people’s lives at Newday is not just the product of this one week, but a year’s worth of caring, teaching, investing and prayer that you have provided!
Caterers – I cannot thank or big these guys up enough. We had an amazing team of people cooking and caring for us at Newday. Led by Anne Camfield, they provided us with great food all week and always served with a smile. Nothing was too big or too much, they simply wanted to serve us – amazing!
Finally, I want to thank our young people. You were beyond fantastic, showing respect to leaders, behaving so well even in the blistering heat, getting along to meetings. But most of all, thank you for creating a joyful, life-giving, honouring culture on our site – it was such a great vibe and we’re very proud of you all.
Newday remains the highlight of my year. Our holidays are planned around Newday and even my wedding was planned around Newday! I hope I get to serve this brilliant event every year that it’s running and I would like to invite you to serve at Newday 2019 next summer with me – it runs from 29th July – 4th August.
If you are interested in serving at Newday 2019, please email me at email@example.com. And parents, please get these dates in your diaries now and plan any summer holidays around them so your young people can be there for another life-changing week.
Neal Glanville is the Worship and Youth Pastor at the Catford Site. He is married to Becci Glanville.
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Steve Tibbert leads King’s Church London, with sites in Catford, Downham and Lee. Over the past fifteen years the church has seen continued growth, both in size and diversity. Steve is also involved in Newfrontiers and regularly coaches other lead elders. His book, Good to Grow, was published in July 2011. He is married to Deb, and they have three sons.