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Firefest @ KMC 2018

Firefest @ KMC, happening on 11-13 May 2018, is a festival of events celebrating Christian holiness.  Our invitation extends to all within Knutsford, KMC, the circuit, the district, and wider Methodism.

This year. Firefest welcomes  as keynote speaker. Rev Dr Calvin Samuel, the Principal  of London School of Theology.  Born in Barbados and raised in Antigua before coming to Britain, Calvin has research interests in holiness in Scripture and in Wesleyan tradition. .

Main Events

Firefest - Friday Evening Celebration

Led by Shane Rootes, with the KMC Worship Band

and keynote speaker Rev Dr Calvin Samuel



Friday, 11 May 2018 - 7:00pm
Saturday Morning Bible Study

with Rev Dr Calvin Samuel



Saturday, 12 May 2018 - 10:15am
Saturday Afternoon Seminars

a)  Seminar with Rev Dr Calvin Samuel   

b) 'Jonah: a story and its journey' , a workshop with Rev Dr Caroline Wickens

c) Workshop with Rev Dr Michael Thompson



Saturday, 12 May 2018 - 11:30am
Musical Presentation

with David Benjamin Blower: 6-string theologian, writer and town-crier from Birmingham in the UK.

followed by a Q&A with Jasmine Devadason exploring and critiquing his analysis.



Saturday, 12 May 2018 - 1:30pm
4:1 Family Service

with Shane Rootes



Saturday, 12 May 2018 - 4:00pm
Saturday Evening Worship

Evening Celebration with Rev Phil Gough, Shane Rootes and the KMC Worship Band



Saturday, 12 May 2018 - 7:00pm
Firefest Sunday Worship

9:15-10:15 am  Morning Worship led by Rev Dr Calvin Samuel

10:45-12:00 pm Contemporary Worship

  led by Rev Dr Calvin Samuel and the KMC Worship Band

6:30 pm SNL with Rev Scott Manning and the   KMC Worship Band



Sunday, 13 May 2018 - 9:15am


David Benjamin Blower

David is part of Nomad podcast and is a well respected ecumenical contemporary theologian .

Rev Dr Calvin Samuel

Born in Barbados and raised in Antigua before coming to Britain to study for a BA in Theology and Pastoral Studies at Nazarene Theological College in Manchester, Rev Dr Samuel went on to complete an MBA at Manchester  Business School before pursuing PhD research at King’s College London.  He became Director of the Wesley Study Centre, based at St John's College, Durham and was appointed Academic Dean of Cranmer Hall, the theological training college within St John's.  He is currently the Principal of London School of Theology.

Rev Dr Caroline Wickens

Caroline has been a Methodist minister since 1992. Alongside work in various circuits, she has been a mission partner in Zambia and Kenya, where she taught Biblical studies and languages.


As well as  being  superintendent in the Dudley  &  Netherton circuit Caroline had the role as a ministry development officer for the DMLN, where she was involved in the preparation  and  roll-out  of   Worship: Leading & Preaching. She currently works as superintendent of the Manchester circuit, and writes for Roots and various on-line resources.

Rev Dr Michael E.W. Thompson

Michael  is a Methodist Minister (Supernumerary) who has served most of his ministry in Circuit work. He has an interest in Old Testament studies, and has published some works on this subject.

He served one  appointment teaching Old Testament in a Theological college in West Africa, and in retirement taught Old Testament on the ‘East Midland Ministry Training Course’, an ecumenical course for the training of ministers and priests part time.

Rev Scott Manning

Scott was the Senior Minister at Trinity Springs Methodist Church in South Africa before becoming a circuit minister here in England.  He leads Sunday Niight Live at KMC on a twice monthly basis.

Rev. Rob Cotton

Rob has been the minister at Knutsford Methodist Church since 2012,  and is a leader of Firefest.

Prior to coming to Knutsford, Rob had been working for the Bible Society as its campaign manager, and before that holding ministerial posts in Preston in 1991 before moving on to Nottingham.

Firefest 2018 Programme

Friday 11th May

7:00-9:00pm         Evening Celebration with Shane  Rootes

                                and KMC Worship Band

                                Preacher Rev Dr Calvin Samuel


Saturday 12th May (morning)

10:00-10:15am     Worship led by Shane Rootes

10:15-11:15am     Bible Study with Rev Dr Calvin Samuel

11:15-11:30am     Coffee Break

Firefest 2018 Resources

Downloadable brochures and flyers