With a ban on large public gatherings in place for the foreseeable future, organisers of the Christian Resources Exhibition (CRE) South West have postponed the exhibition from June 2021 until early next year (Feb 23-24 2022).
‘With the impressive roll out of the vaccination programme, things are certainly looking more hopeful for us all,’
said exhibition owner Steve Goddard.
‘However, we think it will be a while yet before large-scale indoor events will be sanctioned. With this in mind, we made an early decision to postpone CRE South West until 2022, to ensure the event has the best possible chance of success.’
Jeff Lucas, a much-loved Bible teacher and author, will open CRE National (Oct 12-14 2021, Sandown Park, Surrey) and introduce visitors to the biblical story of Daniel and friends, deported and forced into a form of lockdown.
‘There are so many lessons we can learn from their experiences,’
‘In fact, much of the Bible is written from lockdown, whether it’s Daniel and his friends, Joseph, Esther or the apostle Paul. Their stories show us how to thrive rather than just survive.’
More than 70 per cent of the floor space has already been sold at Sandown Park.
‘We look forward to celebrating the first steps on the long road back to normality,’
‘While the internet has been a lifeline over the past 12 months, people still want to meet the person behind the product – because face to face beats mouse to mouse, every time.’
The Association of Event Organisers has worked closely with the Government to suggest timely best practice in light of Covid-19. With this in mind, new measures at CRE may include foot pedal-activated hand sanitisers, decontaminating spray, protective screens at visitor registration, messaging reminders, one-way systems and socially-distanced seminar rooms, toilets and breakout areas.
‘Who would have thought all this would be necessary 12 months ago?’
‘But we are grateful to friends who have prayed for and joined us on an unexpected journey. Our prayer is that, as we look back, we will see how a greater good has come from these extraordinary days – and that being prepared to make the best of second choices made all the difference.’