New Wine Netherlands Summer Conference 2017
22nd -28th July held at Biddinghuizen
What do you have planned for this summer? We wanted to share with you about this year’s New Wine Netherlands Summer Conference.
New Wine is a church movement in which we encourage, inspire and equip each other to witness to the inbreaking of God’s Kingdom, in the power of the Spirit. New Wine has its historical roots in the charismatic renewal within the Church of England and was established in 1989 by Bishop David Pytches. Since then, it has spread to many others countries and beyond the Anglican community to become a cross denominational inter-denominational movement. In England, many Anglican Churches continue to be involved, and the current leader of New Wine England, Revd Paul Harcourt, is vicar of All Saints Woodford Wells in London.
New Wine seeks to help individual Christians and to partner with local churches to learn more about the Kingdom of God and the power of the Holy Spirit. It seeks to help us to consider how to live out a life experiencing more of the Spirit’s power (as Acts 1:8 shares), and to be open to and to use the gifts God desires to give through his Holy Spirit. New Wine has a vision of churches and individual Christians witnessing energetically to God’s kingdom in all its fullness. The annual Summer Conference is one way New Wine seeks to help Christians and churches to grow in these important spiritual matters.
The Conference? This Summers Conference is from 22nd -28th July held at Biddinghuizen, and its theme will be: “God in our midst”
The New Wine Conference Week? You arrive on a Saturday and set up your tent as part of a church group. Then, it’s one week full of worship, teaching and prayer! We offer daily meetings, seminars and opportunities to receive prayer through prayer ministry. There is ample opportunity to meet fellow Christians on the campsite or in the conference village chill area. There are also daily children, teen and young adult programs (in Dutch).
Welcoming internationals? Much of the Summer Conference will be in Dutch, but New Wine is striving to be as welcoming as possible to English-speaking internationals. This year, New Wine is launching an International Camping Field. And we’ll provide English translation (through headsets) in the Main Tent.
The Theme? This year’s conference theme: is “God in our midst”. He is the living Lord, who speaks, heals and who brings recovery. This living Lord wants to involve us in that healing and that work. At the conference we will be invited to learn to open ourselves for His presence and be filled again and again by the Holy Spirit to witness to Gods Kingdom in His power.
The main speaker (each morning has a 45-60 minute bible teaching session) is South African theologian Derek J. Morphew (dean of the Vineyard Institute, and author of Breakthrough – Discovering the Kingdom). There is a significant time of praise and worship using contemporary worship songs.
During the afternoons, there is a large range of seminars covering a range of both practical and devotional topics.
In the evening celebrations, there will be teaching on topics such as learning to hear the voice of God, healing & prayer, and witnessing in the power of the Spirit, with extended ministry time. Speakers include Menno Helmus (Vineyard Benelux), Wilkin van de Kamp (VrijZijn), and Maher Hajj (Libanon). Again in these celebrations, there is a time of praise and worship through song.
In my (Grant’s) experience, we have found New Wine a valuable week in our year. We hear speakers tackling contemporary topics for the church, or sharing about an issue or challenge as experienced practitioners. There is also the value of hearing new insights on a topic perhaps where I have already had teaching – but you nearly always learn new insights or go deeper as you listen and engage. We (Grant and Jolanda) have always found this a good time for our children as New Wine holds a good children’s programme which covers part of the morning, part of the afternoon and usually the early evening. It allows parents to attend some teachings or seminars while the children attend their own programme.
Also, what we (Grant and Jolanda) found last year, also was the enjoyment of camping together as a church group. You chat to people, share what you are learning, children get to know each other. The group also babysit for each other – as the families know each other so more parents can attend sessions.
To add to this – it is important to know – if you cannot make the entire week, there are day tickets available to attend (but those are only useful for a Sunday, Monday or Wednesday or Thursday because the Tuesday is a short programme with lots of free time, and Friday is when people pack and leave).
Last year, from Holy Trinity and All Saints, the group consisted of: Grant and Jolanda Crowe and their children, Ron and Nienke Westerbeek and their youngest daughter, Andre and Ninke van der Werk and the children, and Danielle and Adrian Los and their youngest daughter. Also Beatrijs Beitler and some friends visited for a day during the Conference. This year, again a group from Holy Trinity and All Saints will be attending.
We will be camping on an international ‘field’ where there will be other Christians from international churches, including from the Anglican churches in Amsterdam.
Also there will be English translation provided, via headsets, for the main venue where there is morning bible studies, some afternoon seminars, and also the evening celebrations.
So why not consider it? Pray about it? And why not come along?
For more information – chat to the people who attended last year. Or see the website : Information : zomerconferentie.new-wine.nl
Would you like to come along? To register? Or any questions? Please, send an e-mail to: email@example.com.
By Grant Crowe (Chaplain at All Saints) and Ronald Westerbeek, who works as a theologian for New Wine Netherlands, and who is a part of All Saints Amersfoort.
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