About Festival 2023
Cliff Festival 2023 runs from 26-29 May, and will be full of worship, teaching and activities for all ages. We'll also have livestreams and online content for those who cannot join us on the Cliff College site.
The centre of Cliff Festival is our Hope Stage, which will host morning Bible studies and evening celebration services each day. Expect worship, teaching, prayer, testimony and encounters with the Holy Spirit! This venue will also host our early morning all-age worship and performances through the day and into the evening.
Afternoons at Cliff Festival offer spaces for learning with our various Seminar Streams; or you could enjoy some workshops and performances at our Orchard Stage; or burn off some energy at The Playground. Other venues including The Market Hub, The Yurt and Hope & Anchor will be open throughout the day for you to pop in and see what's going on.
And don't forget our age-specific venues for children, youth and young adults, which offer sessions and activities at different times of the day. You can find out more about them on their individual venue pages below.
Coming to Festival with young people?
Alongside our main programme we have age-specific venues for children, teenagers and young adults - find out more about them below.
About our theme
Our theme for Cliff Festival 2023 is Eden Restored. We will explore significant garden encounters in Scripture – from the garden of Eden at the very start of the Bible to the tree of life and the restoration of all things in the book of Revelation.
Reconciliation and restoration is a central theme of Scripture and is the lens through which we will explore these garden encounters. As Christians, we have been reconciled to God through Christ and have been given the ‘ministry of reconciliation’ (2 Corinthians 5). We will be considering what this looks like and what roles we are called to play in the works of reconciliation between God and people, between people and people, and between people and creation.
Whether through evangelism, peace-making, justice-seeking or responsible stewardship of the earth, we will encourage and equip people to live as ambassadors for God’s kingdom in our messy world. We will do so anticipating the full restoration of creation, when God will reconcile all things to himself under the head of the Son, Jesus Christ (Colossians 1).
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