Serving at Newday – what a privilege!

Serving at Newday – what a privilege!

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Thoughts and insights from Jubilee Church Wirral

Serving at Newday – what a privilege!

By Nicki Frodsham, Jubilee Church Wirral

Young people from Jubilee worshipping in the gigantic Big Top at Newday 2023

In 2004 Dave and I attended the first Newday camp at Newark with our 3 children.

We also took our only teenager in our church and her friend, plus two young people from Jubilee Church Liverpool and their youth leader.
 
For those of you who may not have heard of Newday, it is an annual youth camp, now hosted in Norwich organised by our family of churches, Newfrontiers.
 
My lasting memory of the first camp was when the site was flooded and having to evacuate our youth to a local sports centre overnight. We had a trailer tent and thought we would remain onsite but when our groundsheet was floating on the water we also decided to evacuate (especially as our youngest child was only 4 months old). Amazingly all the water went overnight and the camp resumed the next day.
 
I have only missed one Newday event since it has been running. Each year Dave and I go to serve at the camp. It is such a privilege to support this amazing event, seeing thousands of young people worshipping God. They also need over a thousand people to serve each year to make the event happen. I have had a few different roles: caterer, children’s worker (there is a children’s work for those serving at Newday), and this year I was stewarding in the enormous Big Top.
 
I know that Newday has been a really significant part of the lives of our three children and their walk with God. There have been many testimonies from our young people at Jubilee and the impact of Newday for them. This verse in the bible says:
 
Train up a child in the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6
 
Please consider coming to serve at Newday next year – there are many roles to fill. Mon 29th July – Sat 3rd Aug 2024. We are happy to give you more information.
 
We are blessed to be a blessing to others.
God bless
Nicki
 
 
 

Suzy MacMaster came to serve for the first time this year and with her permission here is something she wrote about her Newday experience:

Newday kids work

 
A call to serve, made in March.
DBS hold up.
First time long-distance driving.
Arrival: collect your lanyard, get your wristband, get the T-shirt.
 
Camping with a small child, in a small tent.
Alice face-plants.
Banged-head.
First aid visit.
 
Problem solving.
Shopping trolley purchased.
Car surrendered.
Hermit life.
 
Preparing to meet fifteen 5-7 year olds.
Blackbeard the pirate.
A violent parrot puppet called Jack.
Hot shower, muddy floor.
 
Challenges.
Wind and rain.
A football through the kids’ club window, me showered with glass.
Team undaunted.
Teamwork wins.
The devil loses.
 
Rewards and small victories.
Fun and games.
Parachutes and dodgeballs.
7 out of 15 children make a commitment to follow Christ.
 
Walking 37 miles in a week.
Sleeping on an air bed.
Meals with Jubilee yoof.
Growing friendships and laughter.
Deeper trust in God.
 
A Bible verse in my phone case keeps me going.
Resilience and reaction.
I’m tougher than I thought.
 
The big top.
Thousands praising God.
Late nights and loud voices.
Sofas in a marquee.
 
Dreamless sleep.
Long days.
Miraculous weather changes.
Coffee and ice cream.
 
Remember your lanyard.
Change your T-shirt.
60 out of 140 5-7s commit or recommit to follow Jesus by the end of the week.
 
Saturday comes.
Long distance home.
Coffee and cake.
Driving through rain.
 
Home at last.
Unpack the car.
Hugs and reunions.
Tent out to dry.
 
Hot baths.
Back in our own beds
Sleep like a log.
Reflect and write this.
 
The verse in my phone case:
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
 
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Nicki Frodsham and Dave Frodsham of Jubilee Church Wirral

Nicki Frodsham of Jubilee Church Wirral 

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Reflections of a Newday cook

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Reflections of a Newday cook

By Yvonne Martin, Life Group leader and Jubilee Newday 2022 sous chef

Newday Cow Shed 2022

The Cow Shed at Newday – where youngsters would queue for upwards of half an hour for a custom-made milkshake

Vernon and I haven’t really been to Newday before.

Three years ago it was the first time that both our boys were eligible to go, so we made the most of an opportunity we don’t usually get and had a little break away for 4 nights.

We drove the boys down to Newday, left them there and flew to Venice from Norwich via Amsterdam. It was wonderful! We arrived back and joined our youth for the last night of the camp and drove home the next day. That was our only Newday experience, until this year.

Vernon has always been a good cook, thanks to his mum, but during the last two and a half years, he has been building on and honing his cooking skills. He agreed to cook for our 2021 version of Newday, held in the Jubilee Centre and somehow this turned into him being the main cook for Newday 2022 and me being the sous chef. There were, however, two conditions… we weren’t going to cook in a tent or sleep in a tent! We rented a house for the week, a 4 minute drive from the camp site.

The following are some notes and observations I made along the cooking journey, which is much longer than just the one week away.

Monday before Newday:

I am quite anxious. We are planning, I’m making endless lists, daily To Do lists but I have this Not Quite Settled feeling. I’m waking in the night worrying that we’ll forget to take something, forget to do something, we won’t be able to pull it off as we want to, dinner will be late etc etc…

Vern’s all “It’ll be good! Don’t worry!”

The menu was planned, re-evaluated and planned again. The shopping was ordered online, substitutes accepted or not, delivery slots confirmed…

I just wish it was all over and I can start some kind of rest in the summer holidays.

I want the boys to go, definitely! I want them to have an amazing time that ruins them for the Lord forever! I want them to have fun and overpriced milkshakes!

But whose stupid idea was it to get involved in the cooking?!? We could be joining the throng at airport security!!

Thursday before Newday:

Verse of the day… Philippians 2:3,4….” Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility, value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of others.”

That’s me told, then! That’s why we said we’d do this – partly because forty people need to be fed every day but more importantly because sending our children to Newday is of heavenly worth. They need to be there (and cooked for) more than I need a few days away… it is of eternal value for our young people… not that they can’t experience God at home but testimony after testimony tells of God changing lives, saving lives, drawing young people to himself during a gathering such as Newday.

The Newday week:

Bonus! The house has air conditioning!!

I enjoyed seeing my boys and getting to know the young people and the youth leaders a little bit better.

We were pleasantly surprised to bump into a couple we knew in South Africa in the early 2000’s and catch up with them and we were able to spend a bit of time with my oldest friend Emma, and her family who are part of the Sheringham church.

Monday after Newday:

Yes, I’m glad it’s over.

Yes, everybody got fed… more or less on time and on the whole, the food went down well.

Yes, it was a learning curve for us and the two cooks who stayed on site and ran the kitchen in the marquee.

Yes, it was stressful and hard work, especially for my husband who worked early mornings, all through the day into late nights prepping, cooking and baking.

Yes, there were tense moments and disagreements.

I came across this verse the Monday morning after Newday …Colossians 3:12,13…”Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, cloth yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”

It reminded me of the Saturday night after we had driven back home from Newday; we were slumped on the sofa in front of the TV, watching the second half of the film, Evan Almighty. Evan’s (Noah) wife, asks God (Morgan Freeman) what she’s meant to do with the fact that her husband thinks God told him to build an ark.

He replies: “It sounds like an opportunity. If someone prays for patience, does you think God gives them patience or does he give them the opportunity to be patient? If they pray for courage, does God give them courage or the opportunity to be courageous? If someone prayed for the family to be closer, do you think God zaps them with warm, fuzzy feelings or does he give them opportunities to love each other?”

Although that’s just a fictionalised film about Noah and the ark, I think what Morgan Freeman says there is actually very true, that is the way God works. But He doesn’t let us strive in our own strength to do better, He has given us the Holy Spirit; the Spirit of Jesus, the Spirit of truth, our comforter, our helper, our power.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22,23

So, Newday is over for another year, and it’s safe to say – the young people aren’t the only ones who learn about and hear from God during the Newday experience!

Yvonne with husband Vernon

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Newday 2022: What a year!

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Newday 2022: What a year!

Jubilee Church Wirral at Newday 2022 

After months of planning, many fundraising events and huge amounts of hard work, Newday is over for another year.

This year, Jubilee took 26 young people – including some who would never have described themselves as Christians – to the Norfolk Showground for the week-long event, expecting God to change lives and nurture relationships.

He did not disappoint.

In a future blog, we will talk to various Jubilee young people, from Newday newbies to those for whom Newday 2022 was the last year as a delegate. But for this week, we are going to hear from a handful of the people who made it possible: the Jubilee Newday youth leaders.


Newday is exhausting, the toilets and showers are grim, it’s difficult to sleep, by the end of the week emotions are frayed (and that’s just the leaders🤣) and there’s loads of wasps.

However, seeing the young people worshipping, some of them accepting Jesus into their lives for the first time, experiencing The Holy Spirit, encountering God, praying for each other, developing friendships with one another makes it all worthwhile.

What a privilege to be able to pray with them, share a picture with them or speak into their lives.  To hear them talking about wanting to come back and serve when they are too old to come as delegates is just so good.

Serving alongside friends who can be real and honest with each other, support each other and encourage one another is a real blessing.

Alison Hardy


Newday is completely exhausting!

But…nothing compares to watching our young people huddled together praying for each other and the world around them, lifting their voices in worship; some meeting with Jesus for the first time, others discovering a deeper relationship with Him.

It’s an amazing privilege to share the week with them and I’ve never watched so much volleyball in my life!!

Julie Greenhalgh


It would be so easy to overlook how blessed we were.

There were only a couple of tantrums about meals and they were from me. Arguments were reconciled; the weather was ideal (one chilly evening to show us how good it was); no-one was lost for hours or missing at a meeting or meal time.

It was good to get to know the youth a little more and put names to faces.

I discovered I am constantly holding  a powerful tool and all the materials I need to use it but letting it sit while I sit. I spent a lot of time praying.

And enjoying the fact I don’t need to know what I am praying about to intercede using the gift of tongues.

Newday in a few words: sunshine, watching, praying and learning about you all,  and we can’t be in the presence of God moving like that without His moving in  us too.

Sheena Mathieson


It is such a privilege to be part of growing the kingdom of God. Sharing the gospel with our young people, knowing it will change their lives forever is truly awesome. Praying together to bring healing and watching God work in hearts and minds is humbling.

Danielle Wynn


Newday never fails to take my breath away at the sheer number of young people together worshipping our God. What amazing teaching, worship and fun (with a little hard work thrown in!) seeing our youth sharing and praying together was such an inspiration and I know that they will all have come back knowing a bit or a lot more about Jesus.

Matt Wilson


God has truly blessed us with a wonderful group of young people at Jubilee and I felt privileged to see them pray and worship together without any trace of embarrassment or hesitation.

Their passion for the word of God and eagerness to find out more about Him is genuinely inspirational.

What a week it was!

Andrew Greenhalgh

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Seeds

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Seeds

By a long-time member of the Jubilee Church Wirral family

As I write this, we are on the way to  Newday.

A good friend of mine asked me  if I was exhausted at the prospect of it. A little bit, I answered. But also excited.

Excited because it’s the first Newday I’ve been to since 2018. That’s four years ago.

Excited because it’s the first one my 14-year-old daughter is attending as a full delegate rather than a child.

Excited because we’re taking 25 young people from Jubilee, some of whom don’t know God at all yet.

They will be sharing the Norfolk Showground with around 7000 other young people for almost an entire week. They’re going to have an incredible time: they always do. What’s even more important is that God will be there too and they will return having had the best possible introduction into being a Christian that they could hope for.

Will they all come back as Bible-reading, card-carrying converts? Possibly not. But you never know – this is God we’re talking about, after all.

Will it change some of their lives? Undoubtedly.

Will we know who has been affected by it and who hasn’t? No.

One of the great things about Newday and other outreach events is that they plant seeds. Seeds that take time to grow and blossom. Sometimes they’re fast-growing seeds, seeds that blossom almost immediately; if those kind of seeds are planted in all our young people we can expect to see a flurry of baptisms and, come September, a church full of spirit-filled young Christians.

We may not see that. But what we will know, beyond any doubt at all, is that God will have planted seeds in all their lives. They won’t be quite the same ever again and what they will have learned will stay with them for the rest of their lives.

One day, some of them will give their life to the Lord completely. Some might not, but one thing is certain: Newday will have had an effect.

It will have changed lives

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Listen.

Listen.

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Listen.

By Danielle Wynn, Director of Youth & Children’s Ministry, Jubilee Church Wirral

Stop.
Listen.
Can you hear it?

It’s God’s voice. He is speaking to you.

YOU.

The creator is speaking. Will you listen?

Samuel didn’t get it at first. Samuel heard God’s voice but thought it was Eli calling him. Three times he went to Eli in 1 Samuel 3. Three times he thought it was Eli speaking to him. Finally Eli realised it was the Lord calling Samuel. The Lord wanted to show him something. He needed Samuel’s attention so He could reveal something very important to him. Read the rest of the chapter to find out what…

God speaks to us in many different ways. I often ask the Lord for a dream if I am in a dilemma and unsure what to do. Time and time again he provides answers in this way. Weighing it with His word helps us to understand what He is trying to say. God also speaks to us through reading His word. How many times have we read a verse and it felt exactly right for the circumstances at the time? These moments can be life changing.

God can also speak through nature, and through other people too. There are many ways to hear the voice of God. But are we ready to hear and see what He might be trying to say?

Are you listening to the Lord? Do you take time out and stop and say “Speak Lord, for your servant is listening” as Samuel did?

We can all too often get caught up in what’s going on around us. Families, friends, jobs, news….the list of distractions is endless! If we aren’t deliberate about taking time to stop, regularly, and listen to the Lord, we can miss out on so much He has to say to us. Spending time with our amazing God is NEVER fruitless!

As our youth leaders and young people prepare to attend Newday this year, please pray that this time would be an opportunity to stop….and listen.

Please pray that our young people would have their eyes open, ears ready to hear and hearts ready to listen to what the Lord wants to say to them.

Jubilee Church Wirral Life Group leaders Rick and Chantal Robertson
Danielle Wynn, Director of Youth and Children’s Ministry

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June Baptisms 2022

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June Baptisms 2022

At Jubilee, we only baptise people who are believers – those who have made a confession of faith.

Baptism does not make these three perfect and going into the water isn’t going to make them perfect – but being baptised is being obedient. When he preached on the day of Pentecost, Peter said “Repent and be baptised, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ, for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

We believe that you repent and your baptism is a response to that and that God will then open your life. It is about obedience. There’s nothing special about the water.

We also baptise by immersion, because we believe it represents is as you go down into the water, you are being recognised with Jesus’ death, and as you are raised back up you are coming into your new life raised in Christ. That’s what we do and why we do it.

Tracy Hawkins

When I was seven years old, I was playing on the landing at the top of the stairs when I tripped and fell head over heels down the stairs.

Instead of feeling the tumble down, I felt I was watching the whole thing from above. I was so confused because I felt my body was not me. I was more than flesh and bone; I was spirit too.

I got a terrible fright. I didn’t understand what had just happened and I didn’t tell anyone for a long time, because I didn’t understand it myself, but I knew that I was more than just a body – I was a spirit living in a human body.

As time went by I put the whole thing to the back of my mind.

My parents never went to church, but I loved the Bible stories from school. I even tried going to church on my own but never felt included, so I stopped going.

Three years ago, my life spiralled out of control. I had my own business, my own house, a partner of 30 years, 10 of which had been just as friends. I sold my house and my business and my partner and I split up. This was the worse period of my whole life. Without going into detail, I lost everything apart from money, which all I did was worry about.

I started looking at horoscopes and tarot cards – looking for something but I didn’t know what. One day I came across a story on YouTube about a near-death experience. I was fascinated and I watched quite a few of these videos, all of which were different but quite similar – all of them claimed to have met Jesus and were al changed by their experience.

It suddenly came to me about my out of body experience when I was a child, it dawned on me that Jesus was real, like I’d hoped all along, and He was just waiting for me to realise it.

So although I went through the most awful time of my life, where it led me was worth every painful step.

I walked through hell, but Jesus was waiting for me on the other side.

If I hadn’t have lost everything and been through the traumatic time, I would never have been looking and would never have found Jesus. So I am forever grateful that He got my attention.

So the reason why I am being baptised today is my promise to Jesus that I am His forever.

Benjy Greenhalgh

I’ve grown up in a Christian family and in this church and all my life I’ve always said that I know that God exists but I’ve never really followed Him.

I’ve known He’s there but I’ve never tried to have a relationship with Him.

I went to New Day and they’d be like “come  up if you want to give your life to God” and I’d go up and then I’d come home after New Day and I’d read the Bible for like three days and then that would be that.

So I’ve always said I’m a Christian.

But then recently I was speaking to a man in Zambia, possibly to stay with him and his family, and he asked me to say my testimony to him.

I kind of said “I’m not baptised, but I’ve always gone to church and I know that God exists” and at the time he was like ok, yeah, cool. But then afterwards he said to my parents that he didn’t believe I’m a Christian. I was like “No he’s wrong, I know best, I am a Christian” but it kind of made me think maybe I wasn’t, that maybe I was thinking about this wrong.

It was on my mind getting baptised and then we went to the Franklin Graham tour in Liverpool and he said at the end “Come up if you want to give your life to Jesus” and I thought “No it’s fine, I don’t need to do it now, I’ll talk to Dave another time” but God was like “No – you’re going up and you’re really going to mean it this time.”

So I went up and then Chris came and spoke to me which was really helpful. That was the point at which I thought “No I actually want to do this, I actually want to give my life to Jesus.”

I’m getting baptised today because I want to declare my faith properly and I want to actually have a relationship with God.

Hannah Robertson

Like Benjy, I’ve grown up in this church and I’ve learned what it means to have that faith and be in a relationship with God rather than it be a religion to learn and to follow along with.

I went to conferences like New Day and Devoted and I think it was at Devoted that I committed myself to giving my life to God, but I’d never really fully understood the importance of that until recently. The conferences encouraged me to look deeper into what it means to be a Christian and what it means to live my life with boldness and with patience in the communities I’m put in.

I took A level Religious Studies, which was challenging to my faith because we looked at different views which might go against what I believe in. But through that I kept my faith in God and it strengthened my belief in Him because I realised that, even though there are things that might go against it, it’s a relationship with God that is deeper than facts.

I wanted to read from Romans 6.

Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. 10 The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.

In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.

I’m getting baptised today to publicly accept God and fully accept that Jesus died for our sins.

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