Festival 2016 - 27th-30th May: HOLY GROUND


Welcome to the Festival pages, at the Cliff College website.

Hi, I am Ian White, one of the tutors at Cliff, and also the Festival Co-ordinator, working with a creative team to put on a great annual weekend event especially for YOU here at Cliff College.

We had a great time at Festival 2016, and are already looking forward to next year’s Festival – stay tuned for more details very soon, and book the date – Fri 26 – Mon 29 May 2017!

We streamed the Big Tent worship every evening, and will do so again next year. If you missed any of it, or want to catch the preaching again, check out our Youtube Festival TV page, where you can watch the messages brought by Ian White, Chris Blake, Rachel Jordan and Steve Chalke. There are also interviews with lots of other people at Festival!

Festival 2016 – Holy Ground

Holy Ground? Yes, ‘Holy Ground’ is our theme for 2016, and we want you to come and join us for a weekend of teaching, worship, laughter and friendship as we tread across the Holy Ground of this incredible site, and explore what it means to encounter a Holy God, be a Holy People, and live a Holy Life. It’s a weekend for everyone. We want the place buzzing with new friends discovering God’s blessing here on site at Cliff, but also want to invite old friends back (I know most of them, I’ve been here so long!) to revisit the place of God’s blessing in their lives.


What is happening at Festival 2016? Well, speakers include Steve Wild, Lindsay Bruce, Steve Chalke, Rachel Jordan, Mark Dunn-Wilson and Jill Barber. Nomad & Stance from YFC will be on site bringing the football cage, and their dance skills.  Our old friend Bob Hartman, the Master Storyteller is here weaving new narratives. We are privileged that members of the Northumbria Community will be guiding meditations, thoughts and prayers in the chapel. The Awesome kids work will be headed up by Lianne Smith from Scripture Union, and of couse Funky Sunday and the famous Festival Sing-a-long will be in the programme, courtesy of Pete Sheath and Helena Kittle. Ignite and Pulse will be rocking in a new Youth Zone, and we have a brand new venue – The Storytelling Tent headed up by Laura Smyth, where stories will be shared throughout the day. Play it by Ear will be being dramatic again, and look out…..the One Way UK puppet team are coming! Music is provided by The Sense, Echo, Brightline, DJ Galactus and the Temple Rhythms Gospel Choir. Comedy by the hilarious Andy Kind. And of course for the active we will have Adventure + taking us to new heights on the climbing wall! This year we are working with The Archer Project in Sheffield to ensure no foodstuffs are wasted, and you will have an opportunity to make donations to their work. 2016 will see the return of The Bog Squad, and we have plans for a reflective labyrinth around the Cliff Cross led by the Prayer team. We have invited 35 Chapel Walk to host a dramatic art installation across the orchard, and the programme includes a Prayer Mountain session on Monday led by Ashley Cooper, one of the new Festival Pastors. The Market Village is expanding – so lots to be inspired by, and also to spend some of your money on! As always, lots of great preaching, worship, seminar teaching, coffee, ice-cream – yes, there will be music, and dancing, and lights, and fun – but above all this will be the place for a real encounter with God. Holy Ground – a weekend that could change your life.


Want to know more? Then keep an eye on this page to see Latest News, sign into the Cliff Fest Facebook page and ‘Like’, or contact Cathi Thacker, the Festival Administrator on festival@cliffcollege.ac.uk to be added to the Festival email list.

Looking forward to seeing you here at Festival 2016!

God Bless, Ian

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What’s Festival?

We are so glad that Festival is loved by those who come that many keep on coming year after year. But we’re perhaps even more delighted when Festival is discovered for the first time by people who have never been before. Maybe that’s you! And here you are, on the Festival webpage, trying to find out what the Festival weekend is all about – well, you’ve come to the right place.

Festival is a 4 day Friday evening to Monday evening event focused around the Christian story. Our vision is to introduce people to the loving God as encountered in the Biblical story of Jesus Christ, as well as to encourage and equip the church – from the youngest to the oldest – for loving and serving God more effectively. Along the way, there are workshops and seminars, worship and prayers, meetings and get-togethers, with some great leaders from different organisations together with the team of staff, students and volunteers that help make Festival such a great event.

So – what’s Festival? It’s simply a great weekend that might just change your life! We hope to see you at Festival 2017 next May!

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