FF 2005 - 'Wide Open'
The theme for this year's Firm Foundations was based around the theme 'WIDE
OPEN', taken from 2 Corinthians, chapter 6: "I can’t tell you how
much I long for you to enter this wide open spacious life". FF2005 was
held over the bank holiday weekend from 27th to 30th May 2005 at Felden Lodge
The theme was explained through worship, Bible study and seminars. Morning
Worship was led by the Firm Foundations Worship Team, consisting of young people
from BB/GB with Dennis Pethers, Director of Viz-a-Viz expanding on the theme
each morning. The Evening Celebrations were led by Robin Mark and Band with
speakers including Jim Partridge (Youthwork The Conference), Philip Jinadu (Youth
for Christ), Nigel Argall (Moorlands College) and Jules Jacob (Holy Trinty Brompton).
The programme also included a wide range of activities to keep both young and
old(er) busy throughout the day including Swimming, Ice Skating, Canoeing, Giant
Games, Bouncy Castle, Human Football and a first for FF was it’s very
own POP IDOL competition. The cornerstone stage was providing an ever-increasing
wide range of acts including bands, soloists, a choir and a Gospel Illusionist!
The DanceZone, FF’s very own nightclub was once again to capacity, and
as usual was followed up by the late videos which take the programme well into
the early hours of the morning!
This year’s festival was planned in a slightly different way with a Management
group and Policy group. The Management group delivered the festival with different
areas planned and co-ordinated by young people. The Policy group has the task
of looking at the development of Firm Foundations and how it fits into the overall
work of BB and GB.
It was good to see God using Firm Foundations to impact on the lives of young
people. The atmosphere of FF is unique and it is good to see the family of BB
and GB coming together to worship, challenge, meditate and respond.
This year saw the launch of 'Become a Friend of Firm Foundations'. Since 1990
FF has challenged thousands of young people with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Some of our volunteers have recently been discussing the idea of regularly contributing
financially to the festival. By joining the new friends' scheme and committing
to donate on a regular basis, either monthly or annually, you will enable the
festival to continue and develop this valuable work. All monies will go towards
the face to face work of FF and as a friend we will be in touch with you at
least once a year to let you know the impact your money is making. For further
information contact Eric Hudson on 0870 092 0174 or firstname.lastname@example.org
We were encouraged to receive a letter from a neighbour to Felden Lodge:
"Dear Sir, I should like to say what a nice, well behaved bunch of young
people you have had at your event this weekend. While we have had a few cars
and heard the music, this did not give us a problem. In fact, it is nice to
know that there are still young people around who know how to behave and be
very polite. We hope you all had a very nice time at your Firm Foundations weekend.".