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Over 1,500 new Christians at Soul Survivor

Wed 24 Aug 2016
By Marcus Jones

Over the past four weeks, 1,527 young people have made commitments to follow Jesus at the Soul Survivor summer festivals.

Organisers say 26,000 attended the five different events which took place in Scotland, Staffordshire and Somerset.

As well as having Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby address some of them, those gathered at the conferences heard from Tim Ross from Texas, Miriam Swaffield and Mike Hands from Australia.

Rend Collective also led worship at some of the events.

On top of the spiritual side, the thousands attending each week took part in a giant pulled-pork picnic, silent discos, UV parties, a huge ceilidh, and Colour Chaos dry paint parties.

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Celebrating the success of the past four weeks, Soul Survivor's head Mike Pilavachi said: "We have loved seeing how God has met with young people this summer and nothing beats seeing people meet him for the very first time.

"Another highlight was welcoming the Archbishop of Canterbury to Week A who was incredibly honest when I interviewed him in the main meeting, paving the way for the young people to be open and vulnerable during the ministry that followed.

"It was also wonderful having the LIV choir join us from South Africa. These young people have come from some horrendously traumatic and tragic backgrounds but are being loved and restored at LIV Village.

"To have them leading our young people in worship and being so warmly welcomed was incredibly touching."

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The last ever Momentum conference for 20s and 30s also took place this summer. Next year it'll be replaced by Naturally Supernatural - an event for the whole church.

Soul Survivor in 2017

Naturally Supernatural, Stafford, 22-27 July
Soul Survivor A, Stafford, 28 July-1 August
Soul Survivor Scotland, 5-9 August
Soul Survivor B, Peterborough, 19-23 August
Soul Survivor C, Peterborough, 25-29 August

Speaking about the change, Pilavachi said: "We are more convinced than ever of the need for a Naturally Supernatural conference for the whole church.

"We love seeing the young people stepping out in praying for one another, in hearing from God and in receiving the gift of tongues but our passion is to see the Holy Spirit moving in powerful ways in churches throughout the UK and beyond.

"We're longing to help equip all of God's people so that we might all grow in confidence in moving in God's power in our everyday lives."

It's all change too for the Soul Survivor festivals - this was the last year that some of them will be held at the Bath & West Showground after 24 years.

Next year some of the events will be moved to Peterborough Arena.

Listen to Mike Pilavachi speaking to Premier's Hannah Tooley on the News Hour:

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