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Young talent spotted in sermon competition

The Youth Mayor of Derby is among the finalists in Sermon of the Year, a new competition to be held at CRE International in May ...

The Youth Mayor of Derby is among the finalists in Sermon of the Year, a new competition to be held at CRE International (Friday 20 May) to unearth preachers of today and tomorrow.

Phil Hutch is 17 years old and currently studying A Levels. He grew up in China and Hong Kong, but moved to the UK when he was 10. He has a passion to see lost people saved and initiated an evangelistic week of outreach with the Message Trust across schools in Derby. Last year he was elected Youth Mayor of Derby.

The other finalist in the under 21 category is Jess Mackin. She is 16, from West London and studying A levels in Physics, Further Maths and Computing. Jess entered the competition 'to test out her sermon-writing skills' and because she was intrigued by the idea of 'a reason for hope' – the theme of the competition. 

The two finalists in the categories of under 21 will record their sermons on video as they are both studying on the day of the competition.

Sermon of the Year has been inaugurated by the London School of Theology (LST) and Preach Magazine.

Finalists in the 21 and over category, Natalie Collins and Siku, will preach to a panel and a live audience on Friday 20 May 2016, the final day of CRE International (ExCeL, London).

Natalie Collins is a gender justice specialist. She runs Spark, a consultancy to enable individuals and organisations prevent and respond to male violence against women. She is director of the DAY Programme, a youth domestic abuse education programme and is a founding member of the Christian Feminist Network collective.

Siku is an artist, author, theologian, musician and one of Britain’s leading comic book creators/concept artists. Recently, he has been experimenting with narrative preaching (preaching while painting) while executively producing ground-breaking interactive media on the life of Christ.

Along with the top four, several 'runners up' will have their sermons printed in a book, Reason for Hope: The Top 10 Sermons from Sermon of the Year 2016, available from CPO from May and free to those attending the finals at CRE.

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