Aylesbury family decide the caravan will provide the perfect Spring Harvest experience
Spring Harvest may not quite be the same this year, but the Dell family from Aylesbury are determined to replicate the experience as much as possible. So they’ll be living in their caravan for the duration, on their front drive.
National Christian festival Spring Harvest, like many festivals around the country, has had to cancel this year’s gathering due to the impact of coronavirus and the need for social distancing. Instead it will be streaming all its content online.
James Dell and his wife and daughter, who are regular attendees at the event, were keen to still camp out like they normally would for the whole week, making the most of the online experience and and taking each day with the activities, talks, fun and music being streamed online from their own front yard.
James Dell said, “We find it really hard to attend Spring Harvest and usually miss out or have to go separately. Our business (Alpaca Experiences) is always busy at the weekends, so at least two of us have to stay at home.
“We were really excited to hear that Spring Harvest is coming to our home. For the first time in years we can all attend together. To make it feel more like being away we thought it would be fun if we stayed in our caravan on the lawn outside our house, and use rooms in the house for the study groups – but I'm not quite sure how we will imitate the big top. Maybe we'll pitch a wigwam in the garden.”
The organisers of Spring Harvest are keen for attendees to not miss out over the Easter week (13-17 April) by making sure they live stream all of their programmes. Over the past weeks the team at Spring Harvest have worked hard to pull together a special range of material, resources and speakers, all built around the 2020 theme of Unleashed – The Acts Church Today, which will be available on their YouTube channel.
Charlie Price, Head of Marketing and Communications for the Essential Christian Group said, “There has never been a more important time for people to still gather as a community to worship, learn, laugh and pray together and we were so excited to see James’ suggestion of continuing to make Spring Harvest a fun festival event for their family by caravanning on their driveway, we love this idea!"
He continues, “We, along with so many, were disappointed that we could not continue with Spring Harvest as we normally would, but people have been so positive and encouraging about us putting it online this year. Seeing posts like James’ has inspired us to ask everyone what they will be doing to watch throughout the week and how they will be watching and other people have told us that they will be camping inside to make it feel like more of an event!”
Spring Harvest is encouraging everyone to try and experience the fun-filled week in fresh new ways and enjoy the online experience. Find out more at https://springharvest.org/spring-harvest-home/