New life for East Anglian Bible convention
The long-established Eastern Counties Bible Convention which was set to close after 86 years has been resurrected with a new name, Bible East, a new team and a family friendly approach.
At the 2015 East Counties Bible Convention it was regretfully announced that with the retirement of several faithful and long-standing committee members, this was to be the last annual summer convention held in Felixstowe. However the 5 day event which was established in 1930 has been saved and renamed as a number of local Christians have stepped in to form a new committee to lead the convention into future years.
The 2016 Eastern Counties Bible Convention, which traditionally follows the pattern and basis of faith of the Keswick Convention, will be held on Monday, August 1 at 7.30pm to Friday, August 5 at Bethesda Baptist Church Felixstowe with afternoon and evening meetings. Speakers include John Blanchard, retired Anglican Bishop Wallace Benn and Mark Green of the Barnabas Fund.
From 2017 the convention, will be renamed Bible East with the tag-line ‘Fellowship, Families, Friends’.
Rev Michael Bostock, the new committee’s Chairman, said: “Our desire is to make the programme of the convention more relevant and helpful for people of all ages, including families. To that end it is probable that future years will include a Saturday and involve activities for children.
“We also hope to make the format of the meetings more of a 'magazine' style, including interviews and interaction from those attending. However, what will not change is the hearing of the Word of God. Bible East will continue the long tradition of the Convention of bringing good Bible teaching from men of both Anglican and Free-church backgrounds.”
The costs of the convention are met solely by freewill offerings received at the meetings.
For more information about the event programme and future developments please visit www.ecbibleconvention.co.uk
Bethesda Baptist Church, 27 Cavendish Road, Felixstowe, IP11 3AR