Bangor Worldwide 2023 Summer Convention – ‘Arise Shine’
Bangor Worldwide has released details of the programmes planned for their 2023 Summer Convention during its preview launch event. This year’s Convention will run from 18th to 27th August. The highlight will be the Northern Ireland and Ireland première of ‘If prison walls could speak‘, a play run in partnership with Release International and performed by the Artless Theatre Company.
The one-man hybrid multimedia performance production will first be performed in Hamilton Road Presbyterian Church on Saturday 19th August, the base for the majority of the Convention events, and will tour during the week. This is a play about the imprisonment of a Christian believer in a Sudanese jail and due to the nature of the content, is only suitable for children over 12. Tickets need to be purchased online (£5) from the website in advance and numbers are limited.
Speaking at the launch events this week, Chairman Tom Clarke said, “Our theme for 2023 is Arise Shine – from Isaiah 60 verses 1 to 3 and referred to again in many places in the New Testament. This is clearly an important instruction which Christians must take seriously and hence the focus it is being given in this year’s Convention.
“Each year, Bible teaching forms a core element of Bangor Worldwide and this year we are delighted that Dr Chris Wright will be leading the studies each morning from Monday to Friday, at 11.30am. These are preceded by the daily prayer meetings which are led each time by one of our speakers.
“The majority of the events will be held at Hamilton Road Presbyterian Church but there are also events in the neighbouring Baptist Church as well as in Dublin, Drumreagh, Lurgan and Magherafelt. In addition, we are livestreaming some of our meetings to hubs across the country – an exciting extension of the reach of Worldwide during Convention week.
“Also for the first time we will have a presence at Bangor seafront during Convention week in the shape of the Gospel Truck, a ministry of Faith Mission. It is well worth a visit.”
There are specific events for young adults on both Fridays as well as a special Equip Gathering on Saturday 19th in 1st Bangor Presbyterian Church. A ladies afternoon tea event will take place in Bangor Parish Church on Thursday 24th featuring Naomi Dudgeon from Faith Mission and Kate Namate from ShineHisLight in Kenya. St Saviour’s Church in Dollingstown, Lurgan will host the play on Sunday 20th August at 6.30pm. Registration will be required for certain events such as seminars via the Bangor Worldwide website.
An evening launch was held in Hamilton Road Baptist Church, Bangor last night and leaders’ brunches in Bangor (yesterday) and Union Theological College, Belfast (today). Dr Sinclair Ferguson spoke at the events and an overview of the summer programme was given.
For more information on all the events taking place during the convention, visit the website www.worldwidemission.org or follow on social media (@BangorWorldwide on Instagram and Twitter, Bangor Worldwide Missionary Convention on Facebook).