A Message from the Chairman
Paul Coulter writes: We have been thankful for the positive feedback we have received about New Horizon 2023. We have heard stories of people saved, lives changed and faith sustained through our celebration of God’s grace and engagement with God’s truth. If you joined us in Coleraine or accessed content online, we hope this was your experience too.
New Horizon is funded through donations from God’s people. Part way through this summer’s event, I explained that giving was well behind levels in previous years and below what we needed to cover our costs. The response from those who joined us in Coleraine was wonderful, helping us to close our shortfall significantly, but not entirely.
This year’s income is still £50,000 below the event’s costs. We can cover this amount from our reserves, but the shortfall raises concerns about the event’s longer term sustainability. We are committed to continue to reduce costs wherever possible, but many of our costs (including staff salaries, maintenance, electricity, rental of units and tents, and fees to the university) are fixed and increasing in the current economic climate.
We know this is a difficult time for many financially and no one should feel pressurised to give what they cannot afford. We also believe your prayers are more important than your money, so our first request is that you pray for us to manage the event, including its finances, well for God’s glory.
But we are asking you to consider two other responses if you are able. Firstly, could you help us to reduce our shortfall by giving a one-off donation of whatever size you can?
Secondly, would you consider setting up monthly donations or increasing what you already give to help us plan towards next year’s event?
Looking forward to New Horizon 2023
We’re already looking forward to New Horizon 2023 which will run from Saturday 5 to Friday 11 August. Our speakers will be Tony Horsfall, Arianna Walker and Archbishop Ben Kwashi. They will be exploring the theme of “Joy from the Ashes” with powerful reflections from scripture on how mourning and rejoicing, praise and lament are often intertwined for the people of God.
“…a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair” (Isaiah 61:3).
Don’t miss out
If you were unable to be with us in 2022, or if you want a reminder of what God was saying through all our speakers, you can look back at notes from each of the main sessions (visit our website) or listen free of charge to our Podcasts.