Eve and I love our annual fix at the Keswick Convention each July, which this year, of course, was not to be. But we really enjoyed the next best thing,
Virtually Keswick Convention, a scaled down five-day online version.
A lot of the usual elements were there, mostly pre-recorded with live hosting and phone in.
Most of it is still available via catch-up at https://
Christopher Ash’s morning unpacking of Psalms 2-6 was masterful, especially the way he showed us Jesus in them. They were followed each day by a seminar on the week’s theme of ‘Hope’, and the morning was
rounded off with a session for folks with additional needs.
Evening celebrations included worship music led by Emu, a great band from Oxford, followed by really inspiring and insightful talks.
Add to these a couple of performance events and separate streams
for children and youth, and we had a real flavour of the usual Keswick family experience.
One quirky aspect was the venue chosen for the live presenters, which
was a derelict pencil factory in Keswick. It all, however makes sense when you know that Keswick Ministries have bought the factory and grounds and are developing it into their new base.
Regular conventioners would know the significance of this and it was great to see the site used, even if only in a small way. The convention would have been held there this year in a new marquee seating 4,000 people, with all other activities on the same site.
Previously the convention has been held on two sites at opposite ends of the town. It’s all part of an exciting future for a ministry that’s going from strength to strength.