Terry Waite and George Verwer among speakers at 'ideal church show'
The Christian Resources Exhibition returns to Sandown Park, Surrey next month (17-19 October 2017) presenting fresh ideas, suppliers and resources to thousands of people in local church leadership – from bishops to treasurers, youth leaders to church magazine editors.
Among several new features at CRE 2017 will be:
Museum of the Bible – an innovative, global, educational feature inviting us to engage with the history, narrative and impact of the Bible
The Compassion Experience – a unique, interactive trailer presenting the lives of two real children living in abject poverty
Messy Church – a conference for everyone connected with this highly-successful initiative, from seasoned campaigners to start ups
Worship Alive – a conference featuring practical seminars and technical instruction on all areas of church worship
Almost 200 organisations will display everything from pulpits to puppets, computers to clergy clothing. A series of workshops and seminars for youth leaders will be held in the Youth Zone throughout all three days, alongside 40 mainstream seminars covering a range of practical subjects like cyber security and sound systems.
Special guests include Terry Waite (right), former special envoy to the Archbishop of Canterbury and Dana, who won the Eurovision Song contest in 1970 with All Kinds of Everything and went on to become an MEP in Ireland. She will open CRE 2017.
Rev Cindy Kent MBE returns to host Cindy’s Sofa, her popular lunchtime chat show featuring a range of special guests that include world mission pioneer George Verwer (below right) and musician Bryn Haworth. Opera and pop singer Jonathan Veira is in concert at CRE for the first time.
"CRE is all about dedicated men and women on dozens of stands offering specialist advice on all kinds of everything for all types of church," said event director Brett Pitchfork. ‘No wonder so many people call it the 'ideal church show'. And booking your tickets in advance means you can save at least 50 per cent on day‑of‑entry admission."
* CRE 2017 at Sandown Park, Esher, Surrey opening hours: Tuesday 17 and Wednesday 18 October, 10am-5pm; Thursday 19 October, 10am-4.30pm. Book your tickets in advance for CRE 2017 and save at least 50 per cent on day‑of‑entry admission. Visit www.creonline.co.uk for more information.