Back in February 1998 a huge great experiment began when a few passionate folks getting together to lead the first night of a monthly youth event in Randalstown.

 

For the area and for the generation it was such a needed thing at the time. There was a gaping need for a space to be created for young people to come and meet with God, as well as each other. At this time there seemed to be a ‘you in your small corner’ mentality that perhaps needed to be broken by youth from different churches coming together. A place was also needed where non church go-ers could dare to enter…

 

It was also such a fresh expression of worship. Suddenly computers were being used to project up words. The OHP had gone! Sound systems were used to boost the sound quality. Instead of the 4 song, prayer, sermon sandwich there was space given to journey through song. This allowed freedom and diversity.

 

It was different. It was fresh. It was new. It was indeed a new vision.

 

And in a few weeks time, the montly youth event ’New Vision’ will be exactly 10 years old!! In this time countless people have been welcomed into God’s Kingdom as a result of this community. Others have been encouraged in their relationship with God, while others have been given the space to explore their giftings in music, drama, dance, communication, hospitality, prayer ministry and technical things. myself included…

 

As Sunday night 10th February will be the 10th anniversary of New Vision, we want to press the pause button and look back a little. We’re not exactly sure how this will work yet but we have a few thoughts and are hoping to go on a journey of worship, re-capturing significant moments and songs from the last decade. We will also be welcoming Michael Halliday, the Glentoran footballer, to speak on the night.

 

Please feel free to be mentioning this night to your youths, churches, friends and family. We would love to see folks who’ve been touched by God through New Vision throughout the years to be present on this night. And so if there are folks who you know of would love to be there, please invite them along too.

 

Times like this give me an opportunity to look back and remember, and as I do, I count it a total privilege to have been a part of this tiny little corner of God’s story…

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