FF 2002 - 'Roots & Shoots
FF2002 started on Friday 31st May, when over 1000 people arrived at Felden
Lodge. For the first time the festival was run jointly with The Girls' Brigade
England and Wales. 'Roots n Shoots' was the festival theme for 2002 and, throughout
the weekend the issues surrounding our rooted-ness and ability to grow more
in Christ were explored.
From when people started arriving on Friday afternoon a wide ranging programme
went in to full swing. The opening item for the festival was by the band 'D-Tunes'
playing on the Fringe Stage. Opening Worship was led by Robin Mark and Band
with the Rev Joel Edwards Speaking. The Late Shift in Cornerstone was hosted
by Kellie Waters and comprised of a rich mix of chat, music and drama. The 'Cornerstone
Bar was back again this year and serving non-alcoholic cocktails. At 11pm it
was then time for the younger folk to 'dress to impress' for a night in Felden's
very own Nightclub, the 'Dance Zone', where a couple of hundred young people
danced the night away. After the Dance Zone, a large number watched the late
night video, which was 'Shrek'.
Saturday morning started with a variety of different Bible Studies and Seminars,
including: Creative Ideas for Youth Work (by Nick and Bridget Shepherd), GB
New Generation (by Jo Lambert). The morning '121' Youth Worship was led by the
Firm Foundations Band, the speaker was Gerard Kelly. Focus then moved to the
Cornerstone and the Fringe Stage where Adrian Pumphrey, and praiZe each took
their turn to play on stage. Large Numbers took up the Activities which were
run throughout the afternoon, the activities included: Archery, Mountain Biking,
Canoeing, Abseiling, Swimming and 5-A-Side Football. During the afternoon the
Children also had a chance to learn some Circus Skills, the participants were
first shown how to do it and that it could be done, and afterwards many tried
to do what looked so easy - unfortunately for many unsuccessfully!!!
The Afternoon Shift slot was taken by the 'Riding Lights Theatre Company', they
performed a drama called 'Science Fiction' (which was different to previously
advertised!). By this time the The weather was great all day, with not a cloud
in the sky. The BB International Team launched their new project with a presentation
held in the Dance Zone, this was well attended, and a great success in the launch
of the project...
Towards the end of the afternoon a number of workshops and seminars were held.
There was an additional performance on the Fringe Stage by the band 'D2S', which
was followed by the scheduled performance of 'V-12', band from North Devon.
The Evening Celebration was held in the Big Top and Worship was led by Robin
Mark and Band, and the evening's speaker was Nigel James and members of the
Ignite Team. The spotlight moved again to Cornerstone where 'Jonathan Bochenski'
a keyboard player and vocalist from the 1st St Albans Company took centre stage.
The evening followed with a Concert by Coastal Dune. The evening finished with
entertainment in Cornerstone (Late Shift), and also live Music and Dancing in
the Dance Zone.
Sunday again started with a range of Bible Studies and Seminars. The morning
'121' Youth Worship was led by the Firm Foundations Band, the speaker was Gerard
Kelly. The Fringe Stage played home to a worship band that was put together
with the specific purpose of playing on the Fringe Stage, something which they
achieved at FF2000, and the band named 'Re:build' came back to entertain the
crowds at FF2002. During the afternoon a range of activities were on offer including:
archery, canoeing, swimming and a bouncy castle, as well as parachute games.
Hundreds then went into the Big Top to watch a replay of England's opening World
Cup match against Sweden. The BBChallenge.com Road show was also setup during
the afternoon, and a number of teams took part in the various activities. A
number of workshops were on offer during Sunday afternoon, including a Drama
Workshop by the 'Riding Lights Theatre Company'. B5 a BB/GB Worship band from
Birmingham were on stage in the Big Top for the Afternoon Shift, the band was
formed in 1998 and since then have led many events locally and nationally, including
leading worship in the Symphony Hall in Birmingham to over 1500 people. Focus
again moved to Cornerstone, and Malcolm Evans and Henry Cross were welcomed
on to the Fringe Stage for their performances. The Evening Worship was led by
Robin Mark and Band, and Dawn Reynolds was speaking. Nathan Bennett returned
to the Fringe stage for the sixth year running, and this year was joined by
his brother Matt on the Drums. And the Big Top filled once again for a drama
presentation by the 'Riding Lights Theatre Company', the drama was entitled
'Reality Strikes Twice'. The Dance Zone was up to Capacity on the last night
of the Festival, when DJ 'Al Mayfield' visited the Festival and joined Ian Billing
and the Crew from Innovation for a final night to remember, the dancing and
music went on until 1am! After the Dance Zone many watched the Late Night Video
which was 'Star Wars'.
The Final Day of the Festival saw a series of Bible Studies, seminars, and activities
on offer. The morning '121' Youth Worship was led by the Firm Foundations Band,
and the speaker was Gerard Kelly. KJC2 played on the Fringe Stage in the early
afternoon, and the closing worship put a final close to the festival. The Closing
Worship was led by Robin Mark and Band, and the speakers were Nick 'n' Bridget
Shepherd. The Closing Worship included Holy Communion, which was again led by
Nick 'n Bridget Shepherd.
The Cyberden was open throughout the festival for surfing the web and computer
games, and the fabulous OASIS 'Food Tent' was open from early till late serving
a large variety of food. Throughout the Weekend a team of 70 Stewards, as well
as a compliment of electricians, cooks, maintenance men, cleaners worked around
the clock to ensure that the festival ran to plan and most importantly safely.