GREATER THAN GOLD 2012
A fantastic finish for Firm Foundations
Around 750 people enjoyed a Jubilee party as part of the last ever Firm Foundations festival.
The event, run by The Boys' Brigade and The Girls' Brigade England & Wales, is stopping after 22 years - during which thousands of people, of all ages, have had their lives changed or their faith renewed though attending.
Firm Foundations (FF) took place between 1-4 June 2012 at Felden Lodge.
This year's event was themed Greater than Gold - based around 1 Corinthians Ch.9:24 'All good athletes train hard. They do it for a gold medal that tarnishes and fades. You're after one that's gold eternally.' (The Message).
Festival-goers learnt how to run the race and be faster, higher and stronger in their walks with God and were encouraged by former frontman for thebandwithnoname Chip Kendall, evangelist for the 40:3 Trust Mark Greenwood, singer and author Shell Perris and Ian Lancaster, head of youth at Christians in Sport.
The engaging worship sessions were combined with a range of activities – including the Jubilee party where a party tea, talent show, marching band and singing/flag-waving and a screening of the River Pageant were enjoyed by all who attended. Campers also got into the Jubilee spirit by decorating their tents with bunting and flags.
On behalf of the Festival Planning Team Eric Hudson says 'The atmosphere around site all weekend was brilliant and we definitely went out in style with an action-packed programme and celebrating what God has done through FF over the years.
'The Holy Spirit impacted many of the festival-goers and it was encouraging to see so many of them start their race with God or rededicate their lives to Him.'
The weekend also offered a wide range of inspiring seminars and numerous sporting activities like football and abseiling.
There were also a vast array of entertainments including a 'silent' disco, quizzes, films and performances from bands and singers such as The Steels, Rory Malone, comedian Andy Kind and the Lantern Theatre Company.
Our Dad, a jazz/funk/dance band, took to the stage on Saturday night – they also played at the first-ever FF in 1990.
Eric adds 'It's sometimes the case that one door has to close before another one opens. To that end, we must pray about the needs of young people and trust God's work through new ventures will come onto the horizon.'
Comments from the weekend
'FF2012 - one of the best. I had an amazing weekend and my faith has been boosted once again.'
'As always and for the past 20 years, I had an amazing and inspiring time. Any replacement for FF has some very big shoes to fill. It's humbling and an honour to see so many young people committing their lives to Jesus. FF is my top-up since I myself was a teenager.'
'FF2012 was such an amazing weekend. You could feel God's love and spirit moving, reviving, encouraging and enabling us to continue running the race for Him.'
'Such a moving weekend and it was amazing to spend time and smiles with friends and people from other years in both the sun and rain! The worship was brilliant and I'm back on the running track for my race! FF has gone out with a bang and is never to be forgotten.'
'FF has strengthened my faith so much this year.'