Kidz Praise Shine at GosFest
12th July 2018
With temperatures rising to 30 degrees, Sabbath 7 July turned out to be one of the hottest days of the year so far. What better way to spend the afternoon, than to relax, picnic and be spiritually entertained on the scenic grounds of Stanborough Park. This is exactly what happened with the first ever outdoor GosFest programme featuring the 250-strong Kidz Praise children's mass choir. An event usually held at various venues around London, became a joyful and welcoming occasion with over 1000 people in attendance during the 12 noon to 6 pm duration.
With much publicity within the community through posters and advertisements in local newspapers, Barbara Lawrence the event organiser had as her main aim, to provide a family-based programme inclusive for all. Indeed, several people from the local community attended and stayed to listen to the variety of singing groups that performed. With numerous stalls set up, mainly from the Church, providing information and demonstrations ranging from, the benefits of juicing and smoothie making, healthy eating awareness, back massage, vegetarian cooking and a prayer corner to name a few. Community involvement included organisations such as support for Watford's homeless and a nature reserve that brought in a few animals, which was a popular attraction for the children.
South England Conference Communication director Pastor Sam Davies also present at the GosFest, shared how he joined two ladies manning one of the stalls displaying small evangelism booklets for visitors. As one of the attendees from the community strolled past, he stopped and after a brief conversation took 'Steps to Christ' in its new United Kingdom package. He then proceeded to the other stands but came back afterwards. After further conversation he shared how his wife was not well. Sam said, "we offered to pray for him and his wife to which he agreed. After the prayer, he wanted to know why Seventh-day Adventists worship on Saturday instead of Sunday. It gave us the opportunity to share with him Bible references on the Sabbath, the history of the Sabbath and he expressed satisfaction with the clarification."
For many who attended it was a perfect way to spend the Sabbath afternoon in a relaxing environment on a hot summer's day. Families sheltering under the shade of the trees, sitting on blankets on the well-cut lawns, others who were fortunate to have a canopy, all enjoyed the ambiance of the day. With the main stage being the centre of entertainment, various groups in addition to Kidz Praise who performed were Chris Brooks and The Company, Quintessential mine group, and Israel Allen (The Voice 2017).
Many in attendance mentioned how delightul the day was and how it provided an opportuntiy for families to come together. Barbara Lawrence, in commenting on the day said, "a lot of planning and hard work went into the day and i'm happy to see people from the community come and support the event, it was the first of its kind but hopefully not the last."
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