Soul Survivor – Aftershock at the Stafford show ground 24 – 29th July 2015
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At the end of July, Aftershock travelled 3 hours to Stafford show ground to join 5000 other young people at Soul Survivor 2015. This year we camped with youth groups from Tiptree, Marks Tey, Coggleshall, Chelmsford and Castle Headingham again, with a total of 48 people in our camp. On arrival we had the task of putting up the two large marquees ready for Tracey and Helen to set up the kitchen aka their fortress for the week, followed by their own tents.
For those who haven’t heard of Soul Survivor before, here is a little information about what it is and what happens there. Soul Survivor is a five day event where thousands of young people gather together to journey with God. The main focus of the events are morning and evening meetings where we spend time worshipping God with music, learning more about Him through His word and waiting on the Holy Spirit to change us and equip us to live lives for Him.
The main meetings are hosted by Soul Survivor leadership team: Mike Pilavachi, Andy Croft and Ali Martin. Their gift for reaching young people meant that not only was the Bible made relevant to a generation where it is increasingly alien, but that the whole place was filled with laughter and a sense of safety and real community. Sitting in the main venue with 5000 other young people, all worshipping God, engaging with the Bible and praying for one another was amazing to see.
Throughout the week the evening meetings looked at who God is, what his mission looks like and how he equips us to do his work. The overall message from the speakers was summed up nicely by Patrick Regan, who spoke about his work with XLP, a charity working with inner city London gangs. He said that nothing qualifies him to do what he does, except that God simply broke his heart for what breaks his.
Outside of the main meetings, there were various seminars available as well as cafes, stands and stores, and entertainment including a foam party, a silent disco and a bonfire. There was also plenty of time to just chill out around camp, with Uno being very popular.
The Great British weather was once again unpredictable this year, with wet days and cold evenings, the sun barely showed its face. By day 3 the kitchen had a wet, muddy carpet underfoot which didn’t impress Helen and Tracey much. However it didn’t stay like that for long, Kati had gone off to B&Q and came back with some shingle, wood chipping and a roll of turf in an attempt to improve the conditions.
We had a great time at Soul Survivor and Aftershock would like to say thank you to all those who donated to the Slum Survivor challenge which they did. It helped to raise money for people living in slums around the world, but the money also help for their tickets to be subsidised for Soul Survivor. They would also like to thank Tracey and Helen for cooking for the week and Ellie and Phoebe as their prodigies, Peter for driving the van and packing it with precision, Tim for driving them all in the mini bus and Kati for helping around the camp and rescuing the kitchen floor!
We had a great week and are looking forward to returning in 2016.
If you are interested in helping out at Aftershock or Soul Survivor 2016, please talk to Matt.