Newday 2022Not sure what this Newday thing is? Find out here.
what is newday?
Newday is the greatest youth Christian festival in the world. That’s what we’re saying anyway.
Pre-pandemic, around 7,000 young people from all over the world flocked to the week-long event, worshipping together every night, attending daily seminars on subjects as diverse as how to pray, and worship, to the enduringly popular “Tough Questions” series, covering subjects like sex, transgender issues and suffering.
Organised and run by a team led by Newfrontiers’ Joel Virgo, Newday’s stated aim is to see God impact thousands of lives.
According to its website, “we’ve had the privilege of seeing God do some incredible things in young people’s lives over the years: decisions to follow Christ, physical healings, deep hurts healed, questions answered, situations transformed, and lives equipped to live fully for Him.”
This year’s Newday is the first in-person event since 2019, and we at Jubilee are thrilled to be taking several non-Christians and many other Newday novices as part of our group of 25.
If you’ve been before, you’ll understand why so many of them are so excited about returning to Norfolk for the first time since 2019. If you haven’t, then read on to find out.
One last thing. Newday is a place where lives are changed. Lifting up our young people and our leaders to God is just about the most powerful thing you can do in the next couple of weeks. So, if you are a praying person, please pray.
Countdown to Newday 2023!
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Francis Chan at Newday in 2017
Newday 2022 preview
our young delegates
Josh Frodsham and Hannah Robertson, aged 18
Josh has been coming to Newday since before he was born! This is Hannah’s “third or fourth” Newday.
Hannah: I’m excited for the social aspect and getting deeper with God.
Josh: It really inflates your relationship with Jesus. Sometimes you go to Newday and you’re not in the best possible place with your relationship with Jesus, but at Newday there’s something about the environment which really boosts your relationship with Him.
Q: Have you missed it? Both: Yes!
Hannah: I’m counting down the days – 21 days to go!
Josh: When I was younger, I used to be into the milkshakes. They wouldn’t allow me to stay up over the meetings because I was too young. But on Friday and Saturday I would, somehow, sleep in the big top with all the music playing, and then we would go and get milkshakes afterwards.
There is a lot of social interaction, that’s a real focus of it, and I think that really improves your relationship with Jesus, and with other people. We’re all going through the same things together and that really helps.
Hannah: I’ve been two or three times, and this is my last time as a delegate. I’m excited about the worship and the atmosphere of everybody singing – it’s great.
Asher Martin, 17
Asher has been coming to Newday since the age of 12.
I’m very excited about Newday! It’s a yearly thing to look forward to. Since the first one, it’s always been a great experience with other Christians, and I would love to be in that environment again and again and again.
What do I think about most? A mix of both the worship and the learning. I find the worship really, really interesting – obviously it’s really good but I do take a lot of stuff from Newday back into everyday Sunday meetings. The last Newday I went to, I managed to find out the guy who was on lead guitar and I private messaged him to ask how he did this song – and he responded with a couple of things, which I took into a song I did. So I’m definitely looking forward to the worship – it you learn more about what it means to worship too.
The talks are amazing, too. One of the talks – the Francis Chan talk in 2017 – was how I became a Christian.
Zach Martin, 15
Zach has also been coming to Newday since the age of 12.
Am I excited about Newday? Of course.
The music is great, there are Bible studies in the morning and throughout the day, which you can go to and really indulge in the Bible.
In the past, I’ve felt a lot of connection with God at Newday, He’s shown himself to me, and coming into contact with Him is an amazing feeling.
The worship is just great – everyone is there, everyone’s joining in a huge chorus, it’s just an amazing environment.
As a worship leader (Zach is a member of our worship band at Jubilee), it’s very encouraging and very inspiring to see the levels and the amount of people you can reach.
Lisby Greenhalgh and Emma Wilson, both 16
Lisby has been coming to Newday since she was nine and Emma since she was 11.
Lisby: It’s really good fun, you get to hang out with your friends and you learn more about God. I’m counting down the days! I’ve missed it a lot – I haven’t been since 2018, when I was 10.
I missed it in 2019 because my family were moving to Zambia to be missionaries, and so this is only my second time as a delegate. I’d been for a few years before that though and just gone into the kids’ work – my parents are both youth leaders so it was a whole family trip! We all love it so much.
Emma: I’m excited about Newday because it’s fun! You can hang out with friends. I’m excited about all of it! I love it when the Big Top is full. The concourse is great too – the milk shake bar, there’s lots to do.
James Wilkinson, 15
James hasn’t been to Newday since his first time as a delegate – back in 2019.
I’m really excited about Newday – it will be a new experience. I’ve been once, three years ago. I was 12. I remember the worship tent. I’m excited about the worship – really good music. The atmosphere in the big tent is amazing.
I am looking forward to the seminars because it will be a new experience too. I am counting down the days too!
Newday 2022 is over – hear what our leaders had to say about this year’s event.
A youth leader’s take on Newday and its power
Danielle asks us “Are you listening to the Lord?” and to pray for our young people a few weeks ahead of their trip to Newday this year.
Tracy, Benjy and Hannah were baptised on June 12, 2022 – here are their testimonies.
Lucas, Asher, Zach and Josh on why they made the decision to be baptised at Jubilee on Sunday. Not to be missed!
Alison is a senior Jubilee youth leader and has been coming to Newday for several years. She is also a trained and qualified counsellor.
Even though it’s hard work, and by the Wednesday I’m usually saying “I’m never doing this again,” taking young people to experience God in a new way, to a space that allows them to grow in their relationship with him, is a privilege.
I’m sitting here crying from reading what Newday means to them and praying that the young people who go this year will encounter God in a new way.
Alison with her husband Andrew
Julie and Andrew Greenhalgh
Julie and Andrew are senior Jubilee youth leaders and member of the Jubilee staff. Julie is a teacher, Andrew is a writer and they have been coming to Newday as youth leaders since 2015.
Julie: Being a youth leader at Newday is honestly such a huge privilege!
I feel so blessed and excited to see God working in the lives of our young people as they enjoy this amazing week. Even the bedtime duties and tent fixing don’t put me off going year after year!!!
Andrew: I feel so blessed to be able to go to Newday.
Watching our young people form relationships with God, and have an absolutely brilliant time doing it, is incredibly encouraging.
It’s hard work, and exhausting, but it is absolutely worth it. And although the talks and worship are aimed at 11-18-year-olds, I learn so much every single day! I wouldn’t miss it.
Julie and Andrew
Dawne is a long-term member of the Jubilee Church Wirral family and the first youth leader to take Jubilee teenagers to the festival.
Newday is an awesome opportunity for the young people to realise they are part of something much bigger than just jubilee church.
It gives them the opportunity to explore Christ and Christianity in a safe, fun, encouraging environment. A great opportunity for both youth and leaders to grow closer together as a group.
Don’t be disheartened if you can’t see God doing anything in the young people. You really don’t know what’s going in and how God is working in them.
Remember as a leader to make time for you and God each day. You can’t keep giving out over the whole week if you don’t feed yourself.
It is the most exhausting and trying week you will go to, but also the most edifying, fun, encouraging week! Have fun and be excited by what God has in store for you xx
Susan is a Jubilee youth leader and Newday veteran. She is taking a well-earned year off Newday duties this year!
Serving at Newday is hard work!
But whether you’re in the camp kitchen (harder) or as a youth leader, it’s also fun, rewarding and so good to help enable our young people to join with a huge group of other young Christians and enjoy time with each other and God.
It’s intense, and not least because it’s camping (good facilities but still proper camping!)
Everybody is at least a little tired by Wednesday, but loving it on Thursday and nobody regrets going! Newday 2022 is going to be great; I’m praying for great Godly times for our young people and I can’t wait to hear all about it!
Becca is a full-time youth worker and fellow Newday veteran. Work commitments mean she can’t make it to Newday this year.
Back in 2018, I wrote the following Instagram post which sums up my feelings towards Newday pretty well:
“Two weeks ago, we were enjoying a fantastic week at Newday 2018.
“I was bright-eyed and bushy-tailed on the first day, and tired-eyed and scraggy-tailed on the final morning!
“But more importantly, all glory to God who did far more than we asked or thought (Ephesians 3:20); He worked through us and through others to bring and deliver encouragement, challenge and blessings, and a lovely week with our amazing young people.”
Becca Johnson at Newday 2018
Coming to Newday?What to bring and more
what to bring
This is a (by no means exhaustive!) list of what you should bring with you to Newday.
It is a list which has been put together by Newday veterans who have learned what is and isn’t needed from many years of experience.
If it’s on the list, trust us – you need it!
- Clothes and underwear for six days (Don’t forget pyjamas!)
- Wellies/sandals and some trainers
- Waterproof jacket (essential)
- Plate bag: Set of cutlery, plastic mug, plate and bowl (please put your name on these!!)
- Sleeping bag, pillow, blanket, foam mat (+ eye mask and ear plugs!)
- Torch (plus spare torch or batteries)
- Tea towel for drying your own dishes
- Bible, notebook & pen
- Water bottle and large towel
- Toilet roll x1, hand soap & hand sanitiser (They run out often!)
- Toilet bag (toothbrush, toothpaste, comb/brush, shower gel, etc) AND carrier bag for keeping stuff dry in shower
- Small rucksack/bag for coach: Money; packed lunch for on the coach, sunhat, sun cream, stuff to do – it’s a long (5hrs+) journey from Wirral to Norfolk
*No chairs are provided for main meetings – delegates and youth leaders alike are all seated on the ground – so we recommend that you also bring something to sit on. Lightweight foldable camping seats (such as this one from Millets) are relatively inexpensive and incredibly useful.
Nicki’s top tips!
Nicki Frodsham has been coming to Newday since the inaugural event in August 2004. Her tried and trusted “top tips” list has been used by many Jubilee Newday delegates, some of whom have grown up to become Newday helpers!
- May get cold at night so have several layers available: e.g. vest/t-shirt/PJs/jumper
- In wet weather, shorts and sandals are ideal
- Baby wipes are handy
- Tippex or nail varnish are useful to mark plates, cutlery etc.
- Make sure your belongings don’t touch the sides of the tent (it will leak when it rains)
Need to know more?
If you are coming to Newday with Jubilee, you should have had a copy of our information sheet with departure times, useful phone numbers and more.
If you haven’t had a copy, you have somehow managed to lose it or you would like another one, let us know by emailing Danielle Wynn, our Director of Youth & Children’s Ministry, at firstname.lastname@example.org or emailing email@example.com.
Nicki Frodsham with her husband Dave