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Looking back over the years


2016: “The Jesus Way”

Speakers – Evening: Gavin Calver (England); Trevor Morrow (Ireland)
Bible Teaching: Scot McKnight (USA)
Praise: New Irish Arts & Ryan Griffith
Evening attendance: 3,000


2015: “An unconditional love for His world”

Speakers – Evening: Ben Kwashi (Nigeria); Harold Miller (Northern Ireland)
Bible Teaching: Vaughan Roberts (England)
Praise: New Irish Arts & Andrew Lamberton
Evening attendance: 3,000

Some recordings are available: MP3 Downloads CDs


2014: “An enduring passion for His kingdom”

Speakers – Evening: Rachel Gardner (England); Malcolm Duncan (England)
Bible Teaching: Vaughan Roberts (England)
Praise: New Irish Arts & Andrew Lamberton
Evening attendance: 3,000

Some recordings are available: MP3 Downloads CDs


2013: “A radical obedience to His word”

Speakers – Evening: Simon Ponsonby (England); Krish Kandiah (England)
Bible Teaching: Rikk Watts (Canada)
Praise: Roo Stewart
Evening attendance: 3,000

Some recordings are available: MP3 Downloads CDs


2012: “Follow me – a life of selfless surrender”

Speakers – Evening: Malcolm Duncan (England), Simon Guillebaud (England)
Bible Teaching: Calisto Odede (Kenya)
Praise: Roo Stewart
Evening attendance: 3,100

Some recordings are available: MP3 Downloads CDs


2011: “Unleashing the truth”

Speakers – Evening:  Greg Haslam (England), Vaughan Roberts  (England)
Bible Teaching: Trevor Morrow (Ireland)
Praise:  Ian Hannah
Evening attendance: 3,300

Some recordings are available: MP3 Downloads CDs


2010: “Loving God…Transforming our world”

Speakers – Evening: Ben Kwashi (Nigeria), Stephen Gaukroger (England)
Bible Teaching:  Chris Wright (England)
Praise:  Ian Hannah
Evening attendance: 2,900

Some recordings are available: MP3 Downloads CDs


2009: “Enjoying God”

Speakers – Evening: Ray Ortlund (Saturday) USA, Don Carson (USA)
Bible Teaching: Ray Ortlund (USA)
Praise: Mornings – Kathryn Scott, Ian Hannah & Gillian Wisener,
Evenings – Keith & Kristyn Getty
Special Celebration for those with learning disability held on Wednesday to Friday mornings.
Post 10.00pm restrictions on amplification at the Pavilion
Average evening attendance 3,300

Some recordings are available: MP3 Downloads CDs


2008: “Not of the world but in it”

Speakers – Evening: John Lennox (Oxford), Michael Ramsden (Zacharius Trust) & Mark Greene (London) Michael Green (England)
Bible Teaching: John Lennox (Oxford)
Praise: Keith & Kristyn Getty, Darren Baird
Merging of Resource Centre and Café Intent
Introduction of online registration for youth programmes
Late evening 18+ programme returns on site to a better venue
Evening attendance 2,900


2007: “Hope Centred on Promise”

Speakers – Evening: Steve Estes (USA)
Bible Teaching: Ray Ortlund (Florida, USA) , Ken Clarke (Ireland) & Steve Estes (USA)
Praise: Stuart Townend, Keith & Kristyn Getty & Darren Baird
AV provision in Café Intent
Mission agencies united as ‘Hope Street’ (Octagon)
Evening attendance 3,000


2006: “Grace”

Speakers – Evening: John Piper (USA) “Suffering for the Glory of God’s Grace”
Nigel Wright (Spurgeon’s College, London) “Majoring on Matthew”
Bible Teaching: R T Kendall (Florida, USA) “Studies in the life of Joseph”
Praise: Stuart Townend
Enlarged overflow provision and improved AV facilities
Separate Bible Readings & Seminars with Pastor Taylor (Canada) for those with hearing disability.
Evening attendance 3,100


2005: “The Bible: Convincing the Mind, Captivating the Heart”

Speakers – Evening: Alistair Begg (Ohio, USA)
Bible Teaching: Trevor Morrow (Lucan, Ireland) “1st John”
Worship: Stuart Townend (England)
Evening attendance 2,900


2004: “The Holy Spirit – Unseen but seen”

Speakers – Evening: Charles Price (Toronto, Canada)
Bible Teaching: Chris Wright (Langham Partnership, London)
Worship: Stuart Townend (England)
Evening attendance 2,900


2003: “God’s new society, the 21st Century church

Speakers – Evening: Jim Graham (England)
Rico Tice (England) & Isaac Shaw (India)
Bible Teaching: Mark Dever (Washington USA) – “God’s people through the Bible”
Worship: David Lyle Morris (New Zealand)
Evening attendance 2,900


2002: “Our identity”

Speakers – Evening: David Bruce (SU N. Ireland) – “Our identity as Citizens”
Ken Clarke (Ireland) – “Our identity in the Church” & “Our identity in Heaven”
Gordon McDade (N. Ireland) – “Our identity in Relationships”
Lyndon Bowring (England) – “Our identity in Work, Family and in Christ”
Bible Teaching: Ajith Fernando (Sri Lanka) – Studies in Amos
Worship: David Lyle Morris (New Zealand)
Major development of the Missionary Exhibition
Introduction of Resource Centre with associated snapshot seminars
Introduction of late-night refreshment facility
Change of site for the Pavilion due to University requirements
Evening attendance 2,900


2001: “Living the Kingdom”

Speakers – Evening: Liam Goligher (England) – “Living the Kingdom”
Bible Teaching: R T Kendall (England) – Studies in the Parables
Worship: David Lyle Morris (New Zealand)
Introduction of signing for the deaf in plenary sessions and review seminars
Evening attendance 2,800


2000: “Transforming Communities”

Speakers – Evening: Steve Brady (England) – “Transforming Communities”
Bible Teaching: Nigel Lee (England) – Studies in Judges
Worship: David Lyle Morris (England)
Further development of late-evening programme and daytime counseling
Development of new areas of youth ministry
Evening attendance 2,900


1999: “His Kingdom – certainty in a time of Change”

Speakers – Evening: Steve Gaukroger (England) – “His Kingdom – certainty in a time of Change”
Bible Teaching: Trevor Morrow (Dublin) – Studies in Galatians
Worship: Ian White (Scotland)
Morning youth programme 900 registered
Bible Readings moved to the Pavilion due to increasing numbers
Evening attendance 2,900


1998: “Where the Difference Begins”

Speakers – Evening: Gordon MacDonald (USA) – “Where the Difference Begins”
Bible Teaching: Don Carson (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, USA) – Studies in Ezekiel
Worship: David Lyle Morris (England)
Commencement of Junior Evening Programme (11-14 years)
Late evening 18+ programme moves off site with increasing numbers
Encouragement through increasing use of counseling programme
900 in youth programme
Evening attendance 3,000


1997: “Building the Body”

Speakers – Evening: Alistair Begg – “Building the Body” (based on Hebrews Chapters 1 – 12)
Bible Teaching: Nigel Lee (UCCF England) – Studies in 1st John
Worship: Dave Pope (England) & Robin Mark (Belfast)
Special Guest: Fiona Castle
Development of counselling programme
Exhibition of Christian art
800 in youth programme
Evening attendance 3,000


1996: “Standing in the Gap”

Speakers – Evening: Charles Price – “Standing in the Gap”
Bible Teaching: Ajith Fernando (Youth for Christ, Sri Lanka) – Studies in Daniel
Worship: Leon Evans
Commencement of structured counselling programme
Evening attendance 2,900


1995: “Another Kind of Kingdom”

Speakers – Evening: George Verwer (Operation Mobilisation) & Ian Coffey (England) – “Another Kind of Kingdom”
Bible Teaching: Jim Graham (England) – Studies in 1st Peter
Worship: Leon Evans
Commencement of programme for 18 – 21 year olds
Evening attendance 2,700


1994: “The Word of God is Alive and Active”

Speakers – Evening: Alistair Begg (Parkside Church, Ohio, USA) – “The Word of God is Alive and Active” (based on 1st Corinthians)
Bible Teaching: Robert Amess (England) – Studies in 1st John
Worship: Dave Pope
Introduction of Celebration for those with Learning Disabilities
Commencement of programme for older teenagers (14+)
Purchase and use of 3,000-seater Pavilion
Evening attendance 2,300


1993: “Exploring the Land”

Speakers – Evening: Stuart & Jill Briscoe – “Exploring the Land”
Bible Teaching: Wallace Benn (England) – Studies in John’s Gospel Chapters 13 – 17
Worship: Leon Evans (Saltmine Trust)
Evening attendance 1,700


1992: “Extending the Boundaries”

Speakers – Evening: Tom Bathgate – “Extending the Boundaries” (based on Judges) & Clive Calver (Evangelical Alliance)
Bible Teaching: Robert Amess (England) – Studies in James
Worship: Dave Pope
Evening attendance 1,400


1991: “The Holy Spirit in the Life of the Believer”

Speakers – Evening: Charles Price – “The Holy Spirit in the Life of the Believer”
Bible Teaching: David Hewitt (Evangelical Alliance) – “Studies in Mark’s Gospel”
Worship: Dave Pope
Evening attendance 1,200


1990: “The Journey of the Children of Israel”

Speakers – Evening: Charles Price (Capernwray) – “The Journey of the Children of Israel!”
Bible Teaching: Tom Bathgate (England) – “The Loving Nature of God”
Worship: Dave Pope
Commencement of SU Children’s work
Commencement of Missions and Agencies Exhibition
Evening attendance 1,000


1989: Event began

Speakers – Evening: Stuart & Jill Briscoe (Elmbrook Church, Wisconsin, USA)
Bible Teaching: Steve Gaukroger (England) – Studies in 1st Thessalonians
Worship: Norman Sinclair
Evening attendance 400