The Christian Resources Exhibition International comes to London’s ExCel centre for the first time in May (19-22) – with worship a key theme of the four-day show.
Already firmly established as the leading annual exhibition of Christian resources in Europe, CRE has been held at Sandown Park, Esher for the past 28 years. Now, at last, it can impact the nation and beyond from a world class, purpose-built venue in the capital city.
‘It’s a fabulous opportunity to go centre stage in London for the first time,’ said event director Bill Allen. ‘There are still thousands of regular church-goers of all traditions who have yet to discover the benefits of the exhibition.
‘We know from our research that developing effective worship is a key area of interest to our 10,000+ visitors each year. CRE’s Worship Zone is for anyone involved in worship in their church and for budding songwriters who want to improve their craft. The zone is organised by Hillsong, Worship Central and Cornerstone and will feature seminars, performances and resources.’
On Wednesday 20 May, women visitors are invited to join worship leader and award-winning singer/songwriter Sandra Godley ‘on a journey of creative, bliss and beautiful worship.’ A conference and networking day for women who love to worship, Bliss will feature Miquel Brown, mother of TV personality Sinitta. She is also a pop legend in her own right, an actress and Hillsong London’s first worship leader. She even features in the new film Genius, starring Colin Firth, Jude Lawe and Nicole Kidman.
‘Her journey and story will amaze you,’ said Sandra Godley. ‘The day is going to be explosive, fun-packed, fabulous and definitely feminine! You don’t want to miss this! It’s much more than just singing. Come and be the real you! That’s all it takes to live a lifestyle of worship.’
The conference is aimed at women from all cultures, ages and backgrounds. Topics include:
• Why worship is more than than just singing
• How to discover your creative edge
• How to use worship as a spiritual weapon
• How to engage your God-given senses through worship
• Sandra Godley’s essential guide to authentic worship: the 3 S’s
Speakers will also include Gwyn and Lorraine Williams (Draw Deep Ministries) who have years worth of experience in church leadership, musician Noel Robinson and speaker and author Ellie Palma-Cass. Searchlight Theatre Company and Covenant Players will use the powerful medium of drama to take visitors on an exciting journey of expressive worship with a powerful message of love and encouragement.
Worship 4 Today (2pm, Fri 22 May) is a three-part course specially designed to train and equip all who lead worship in the local church – those with prior experience or none, musicians and the non-musical, ordained or lay, those who lead the prayers, operate the technology, employ the creative arts or participate in any other way. Developed and tested in the Diocese of Sheffield over the last five years, Worship 4 Today is now recognised as a national training resource. It nurtures a foundation of personal worship, developing new expertise and skills and provides a rich biblical and historical background.
More than 300 organisations are expected to exhibit at CRE International, displaying everything from computers to communion wine, printers to puppets, stained glass to sound systems. More than 100 seminars will provide advice on a range of subjects from preaching to self-publishing, church websites to social exclusion.
The Bishop of London, Rt Revd Richard Chartres, will open the show. Bishop Richard is no stranger to CRE. ‘As Rector of St Stephens, Rochester Row in London I was present at the planting of the CRE acorn in 1985 – at the Royal Horticultural Halls in London,’ he said. ‘I am thrilled to see how the event has grown into something that no self-respecting Christian leader can afford to miss. The Church today is full of imagination and energy.’
CRE International at ExCel, London opening hours: Tue 19 to Thur 21 May, 10am-5pm; Fri 22 May, 10am-4.30pm. Save money by buying your CRE International tickets NOW.
Visit www.CREonline.co.uk/buy-tickets or phone 01793 418218 and dial 1 in office hours
FRESH, YET UNCHANGING
Discovering fresh ways to carry out the work of God and communicate God’s unchanging message is the reason for a key series of talks at CRE International(ExCel, London, 19-22 May) ‘We’re delighted to welcome a stream of top speakers to our first show at ExCel,’ said CRE event director Bill Allen.
Among those taking part will be:
Bishop Paul Fadeyi is presiding bishop of Grace Outreach worldwide with headquarters in London. Called to be an apostle to the nations, God has blessed his work with consistent growth, miracles, signs and wonders. Bishop Paul hosts the popular TV programme, It’s a New Day in Your Life, aired across Europe and other continents.
Dr. Oliver Manyemba represents Christian Watchmen over Zion, a non-denominational group of Christians who seek to build bridges of friendship with the Jewish community in this country and in Israel. ‘At the same time, we witness to the love of God for the Arab peoples and seek to engage in the ministry of reconciliation as God gives opportunity,’ said Dr Manyemba.
Pastor Wale Olulana is senior pastor of Harmony Christian Centre in London, a ministry which started with eight adult members has since become a vibrant church of several hundred and is growing as a voice within the East London community. Through his Total Restoration Crusades, Pastor Wale is now reaching several hundred thousand in Northern Ghana annually with the word of God, leadership training, food, clothing and free medical services.
Pastor Lola Oyebade is senior pastor of the House on the Rock International Church (HOTRIC), a family church in London with members from more than 20 nations. She is also president of Women of Faith International. An ordained minister with apostolic mandate, she is continuously challenging Christians to keep on believing and expect the miraculous.
Pastor Segun Adenuga from The Anchor of All Souls, London. The Anchor was borne out of a desire to raise men who, regardless of their past, will live righteously and attain excellence in every area of life. ‘Potential not activated, is a life not celebrated; I am passionate about motivating young people, men, women and families to discover their potential, use it to impact their world and become celebrities for Christ’ explained Segun Adenuga.
Bishop Michael Hutton-Wood, senior pastor of House of Judah in the heart of Croydon. Bishop Michael has a mandate to raise generational leaders to impact nations and is a prolific writer, having released 20 books and four leadership training manuals. He is in great demand as an international conference speaker, mentor, coach and pastor of pastors.
For more dates and times of the talks and more information on CRE International (19 -22 May), visit www.creonline.co.uk
ON CHRIST, THE SOLID ROCK I PUBLISH
Assessing and resetting the debate about the essential values of our nation led Rt Revd John Sentamu, Archbishop of York, to edit a new book.
On Rock or Sand?, published by SPCK and available at CRE International, is a collection of essays by expert economic, political, religious and social thinkers like Lord Adonis, Sir Philip Mawer, Oliver O’Donovan, Andrew Sentance, Julia Unwin and Rt Revd Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury.
What values can the Christian faith bring to the table to help address the problems we face today? These and other core questions about the kind of society we seek lie at the heart of On Rock or Sand?
The book is also a vivid reminder of the forgotten but obvious truth that most progressive British politics, from William Wilberforce to Joseph Rowntree, have Christian origins. In the present day, the church is still at it – setting up food banks, credit unions and debt-counselling services.
As BBC Radio 2 broadcaster Jeremy Vine pointed out: ‘Old, young, rich, poor: in this book the whole of the UK is drawn together and observed from above, with Christianity the central touchstone. If the Bible has answers, they are here’.