Kick Off Your Summer With God
“Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!”Psalm 95:6
United Breaks Out is back again this year! Since 1989, the New Wine family, have gathered together in their thousands, on a showground over 2 weeks of the summer, for worship, fellowship, teaching, refreshment and, most importantly, to be empowered and inspired by the Holy Spirit. But due to circumstances of the last 18 months, it is happening online for everyone to get involved in.
Though school is out and time to yourself may be more difficult as we juggle working from home and kids summer schedules/constant need for entertainment, there is a wide range of talks and worship to get involved in over a 6 day period, spread out across the day and catered to all ages.
We have picked out our recommended sessions further down but here are what New Wine have pulled out as their highlights, and their full programme can be found here should you want to access more sessions. They even have specific youth sessions which can be found here, split into 0-4 year olds and 5-11 year olds, with a dedicated youth space for 11+ called Luminosity. It really is 6 days jam packed with spiritual content for all ages to recharge the batteries and get that summer feeling with God.
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”Colossians 3:16
How it works
It’s over 6 days and each day follows a familiar pattern, there is more in the full programme but the key elements are as follows:
- A fun packed hour of primary age kids content can be accessed from 9.15am and you can download packs for a fuller experience at home.
- Track through with one of the main speakers at 11am each day, David Parker in the Arena and Kenny Borthwick in Impact. The Arena will host David Parker first each day, with space for worship and a second speaker to round of the morning at 12.45. Impact will be magazine style with an urban focus.
- Luminosity a festival within a festival dedicated for youth: there are parallel morning sessions at 11am and jam-packed evenings, with even more in-between, check out www.weareluminosity.org for more details and sign up for a free festival wristband.
- Each evening 7-8.30pm there are evening sessions with a great range of different voices. In the Arena it will kick off with a sofa session interview with someone interesting till 7.30pm and followed by time for worship, a different speaker and space for our own response. Impact will have a similar format, with space made for spoken word, as well as testimony. We’ve picked out some of our evening highlights below.
In all these sessions though the talks aren’t the main event, but are mixed with worship and time to encounter God in your living room or kitchen. Last year it was striking whilst we couldn’t meet together in person, the presence of the Holy Spirit was still really near, so don’t just come to watch some online content, but expect to meet with God.
Our Evening Highlights
Day 1: Thursday 29th July
Paul Harcourt is speaking in the Arena. He is a National New Wine Leader and also vicar of our sending church All Saints Woodford Wells, so if you would like to hear from someone close to home, he’s a great communicator and will no doubt have something timely to share to open up the festival and reflect on where we are as a Church in this country.
Carl Beech is speaking in Impact on Reformation vs Revival which sounds really interesting:
‘We long to see an outpouring of God’s power and we pray for revival. But perhaps God is stirring something different? What if we are in the midst of a new move of God – maybe even a long-term reformation, but we haven’t quite seen it yet? Something beautiful is stirring in the margins and the forgotten places amongst essentially forgotten people.’
Day 2: Friday 30th July
Selina Stone is speaking in Impact on The Spirit and Our Scars: Following Christ Beyond the Crisis. Selina teaches theology at St Mellitus College and has a background in community organising. She is passionate about equipping Christians to understand the holistic message of the gospel and to act prophetically in the world. Her talk sounds quite close to home for each of us navigating our way out of a global pandemic:
‘We often notice the Holy Spirit in moments of victory but in the scriptures the Spirit also moves in mysterious ways in times of crisis. The Spirit raises Christ from the dead but leaves the scars on his body – what might this teach us about how we navigate forward beyond this pandemic as disciples of Jesus filled with this same Spirit?’
Day 3: Saturday 31st July
Francis Chan, is a great long time speaker and has been a pastor for more than thirty years. He previously led a mega church in America, but sought a simpler way of discipleship and started planting ‘Simple Church’, splitting his time between Northern California and Asia. His approach to Church is very much along the same lines as us so should resonate well.
Day 4: Sunday 1st August
These speakers are new to us and both talks sound really uplifting and evangelistic in flavour:
Arena: Sebastian Stakset, a former gangster rapper and criminal who found mercy at the feet of Jesus, will share his testimony of leaving crime and drugs behind him and reflect on the accounts of Jesus healing a man with leprosy and restoring a demon-possessed man in the Gospel of Mark. In 2018, he founded the organisation Heart of Evangelism which seeks to help those who cannot help themselves.
Impact: Sammy Jabangwe who works for the Message Trust as an evangelist in one of their mission teams, SoulBox, will be looking at Paul’s instructions in 2 Timothy 2:1-7 to carry out this call with focus, integrity, hard work and joy.
Day 5: Monday 2nd August
Anu George will be talking on The Power of Determined Hope. She helps to lead International Justice Mission; a lawyer by training, she led teams in South Asia to rescue more than 10,000 individuals from forced labour slavery, overseeing training 17,000 police, government officials, and NGOs in rescue and rehabilitation. Join IJM’s Anu – a phenomenal leader in the anti-slavery movement – as she calls the Church to determined hope in our current time.
Day 6: Tuesday 3rd August
The final date has a treat for us with 2 very different speakers!
Arena: Pastor Agu, will be a powerful speaker as a big name in Christian circles: Senior Pastor of Jesus House for All Nations London. He is a key member of the One People Commission of the Evangelical Alliance. He is one of the Presidents of Churches Together in England (CTE) representing the Pentecostal churches in England. He co-founded a children’s charity with his wife, Sola, called Bright Futures for African Children.
Impact: Amy Woodfield is a beautiful soul, she’s been working on estates with her family for years, she’s a drama therapist and planting small new churches across forgotten estates in the Bolton area. She has a deep love for Jesus and her neighbours from all walks of life and live this out very genuinely.
“For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”Matthew 18:20
We hope you find something you’d like to join over the 6 days to take some time for yourself/family to worship. Now restrictions have eased, why not get together with friends/family/neighbours to attend sessions together to reconnect and worship together. If you manage to hold a listening/watching party do share on socials using #unitedbreaksout and tag us