The VOX guide to summer conferences

Are you thinking of attending a Christian conference this summer? Below VOX brings you a round up of the top Christian conferences and festivals happening around the island of Ireland with our new online guide.  With Bible teaching, worship, children’s and youth programmes and more, there is plenty to choose from.  Find out more about Summer Fire, Summer Madness, New Wine and New Horizon with information and photos to whet your appetite.  And if you can’t attend, VOX will be LIVE at many of these events, bringing you all the news as it happens.

Summer Madness

Dates: 3 - 7 July 2015

Location: Glenarm Castle, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland

Summer Madness has grown to become Ireland's Premier Christian Youth Festival combining worship, live music, bible teaching, practical seminars and much more.

The purpose of the event is to encourage young people to reflect on issues that confront them in their social and spiritual development and to engage with the world and contemporary culture. Young people come to the event with widely different experiences of church, faith and life and we aim to create an atmosphere in which everyone feels comfortable and is able to ask questions as well as have a lot of fun! We welcome campers from all denominations as well as those with none.

Cost:  Normal Ticket – Paid in full between 2 Feb and 31st May – £85.  (From 1st June – £95).  Non camping ticket – £60.  Day tickets also available.

Accommodation: The festival ticket includes access to the camp site.  

Summer Fire

Dates: 26 June - 3 July 2015

Location: Trabolgan Holiday Village, Co. Cork

Further details coming soon!  Check out www.summerfireconference.com

Cost:  Conference Fee - Family €115 / Single €70 to be paid on arrival. 

Accommodation: Range of self-catering options available.  Prices start from €495

Sligo15 - New Wine Ireland summer conference

Dates: 12 - 17 July 2015

Location:  Sligo IT, Co Sligo

We want to be a people who recognise and celebrate what God is doing today in our land. We believe that as people and churches from across Ireland join together to raise one voice in prayer and worship that we catch something of God’s heart for us.

This transforms us and empowers us to make a difference; to see more of HIS kingdom break through into our communities and across Ireland.  So whoever you are, wherever you are from and whatever age you are, Sigo15 is for you. 

We are delighted that Archbishop Greg Venables is joining us to lead our morning Bible teaching.  He will be joined by people from Ireland and further afield who have stories to tell of God in action through our evening celebrations, seminars, gatherings and workshops.  Some of those confirmed are John Derneborg (Sweden), Priscilla Reid (Belfast), Karl Martin (Edinburgh) and John Dickinson (Carnmoney).

Parents, you can be reassured that the youngest baby to the oldest teen will be well looked after, having loads of fun and learning about Jesus.  Our all age programmes run at the same time as the main morning sessions, with programmes for 5+ during the evening sessions.  We also run a programme called Our Place for those with a Learning Disability. 

We have a big emphasis on creating spaces and places for people to gather, share and relax together.  There are always plenty of community activities that give you the chance to hang out with some old friends, or make some new ones.  You can take the conference at a pace that suits you and get involved in the programmes that work for you.

Whether you plan to come on your own, with family and friends, or with a group from your church you will be really welcome at Sligo15.

Cost:  Costs are available on the website.  Book before 29/05/2015 for a cheaper rate!

Accommodation: A range of self-catering accommodation is available to suit every budget.  See the website for details.

Further details and booking: www.newwineireland.org/event/sligo15

Follow a family as they spend a day at Sligo15. www.vimeo.com/newwineireland/followafamily 

New Horizon

Dates: 1 - 7 August 2015

Location: University of Ulster, Coleraine, Northern Ireland

How are the followers of Jesus Christ to live? It’s not exactly a secret, but sometimes living it seems like rocket science. We are loved, and so we are to love! New Horizon 2015 is sure to challenge us all to have an Unconditional Love for God’s World.  Friends, enemies, prodigals, families, neighbours, church members, those who do us good and those who do us harm. We are to love ourselves, our bosses, colleagues, children, and parents… those we see every day, and those who we never see, in lands and cultures far from our own. In short, those loved by God are to love the world.

New Horizon is a seven-day Christian conference for all ages which is held on the Coleraine Campus of the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland.  The packed programme attracting thousands of people, features Bible teaching, seminars and evening celebrations with special programmes for children, young people and those with learning difficulties. New Horizon starts on Saturday 1 August and runs until Friday 7 August.   Harold Miller and Ben Kwash from will be in leading the “Evening Celebrations” from Saturday through to Friday, while, author and Old Testament scholar, Iain Provan will be speaking at the morning Bible teaching times.

With a strong focus on challenging, equipping and encouraging Christians to live out their faith in the real world, New Horizon also features an interactive missions exhibition and opportunities for individuals to engage with the big issues of the world.

Cost: There is also no set charge, although participants are asked to give towards the cost of running the conference (offerings taken during main meetings).

Accommodation: The conference is non residential. You are responsible to find your own accommodation - remember to book early to avoid disappointment.

Booking:  No booking required so just turn up.  However, there is pre-registration for the children’s and youth programmes.  See website for details.

Further details: www.newhorizon.org.uk