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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.
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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!
In the month of remembrance, Chris on remembering what Jesus sacrificed for us and how we need to act on it.
Helen on the importance of Friends and what God has to say about them in the Bible.
Andrew on evangelism, how we are all evangelists whether we like it or not, and how to evangelise easily.
Dawne on the parable of the lost sheep and the lessons we can take from it as followers of Jesus and members of His flock.
Yvonne on loss and how God has helped her deal with the loss of her mum and the impending departure of her eldest son to his first job
Nicki on serving at Newday and the impact it has had on all three Frodsham children and many, many others
Simon on the frustrations of not being able to get to sleep properly, and the Bible verses that help him stand firm against sleeplessness.
Gerry on how easy it is to be drawn into gossip. “If you can’t say anything positive, don’t say anything at all” isn’t just good advice, it’s Biblical wisdom.
Sylvia on being an encourager: “God knows our troubles. When we open up to Him, He’ll use other people to encourage us through His word.”
Lynne on doing what God wants us to do even when we really don’t want to do it – and why it’s important
Chris on the power of our words and how having a relationship with Jesus can give us the power of the right word at the right time.
Helen on why Psalms have taken the place of Proverbs as her favourite book of the Bible
Andrew Greenhalgh on being much better at giving advice than at taking it – and what happens as a result.
Chantal Robertson on how God and the gospel of Christ has never changed over time – even though the way we package it has.
Nicki on how she was planning to work in the marketing and advertising industry until God led her in a different direction.
Dawne challenges us to look at life with the enthusiasm, joy and exuberance of her Macedonian dog Floki and find joy in the everyday.
Jen on how taking the Alpha Course because she had nothing better to do on a Tuesday afternoon led to a life-changing wheelchair for her daughter Daisy and many others.
Gerry on how her ideas of what love truly is have changed over the years, and how love can be so much more than a feeling.
Matt Wilson on how God is weaving a tapestry – and knows what that looks like. He can see the big picture. Our part is to trust him with the threads he has given us.
Denise Griffiths on resolutions and why she has resolved not to make the usual New Year’s resolutions such as giving up chocolate, eating healthier or doing more exercise!
Vernon on the transience of life, and how, through all suffering, God’s steadfast love has the capacity to satisfy us every morning.
Andrew Greenhalgh on how he ended up going to church on Christmas morning for the first time at the age of 11 – and what it has taught him.
Helen on how preparations for Christmas vary from family to family and country to country. And what happened to Helen’s Lindt advent chocolates?