Creamfields is a large music festival, which happens in the heart of Cheshire. During four days over the August bank holiday weekend 70,000 young adults dance, party and enjoy themselves. This year, we, the Church, were invited to be present during the four days, and we shared the light and love of Jesus with Creamfields. Support came from Alpha and financial support from both churches and individuals

Under the banner ‘We are the Church’ an ecumenical partnership including the Diocese of Chester, Diocese of Liverpool, Warrington churches, Street Pastors and Youth for Christ, was brought together to be present in a church tent at Creamfields. These groups recruited volunteers to take part in shifts for which sixty places needed to be filled. The teams offered friendship, a listening ear, prayer and refreshment – over 2000 bottles of free water were given out. The team made a real difference to Creamfields, supporting their Welfare and First Aid teams as well as giving festival-goers the opportunity for spiritual growth. Responses were overwhelmingly positive and the ‘Here to listen’ t-shirts worn by the team opened up many conversations.

"When the stewards approached us to ask if we had any spare shoes or socks, one team member went to find out why. She gave her socks to a reveler who had lost her shoes, and was privileged to hear her story and offer her prayer."

The Diocese of Chester Mission Team supported by being part of the planning process with Jonny Masters, the Youth, Children and Families’ Missioner on the team and by providing some financial assistance to make sure our engagement with the festival was fruitful. The team is praying that we are invited back next year, and the Diocesan Mission Team is hoping to advance the partnership even further. You can volunteer for next year now – contact Jonathan Masters for more information.

One delegate told us, “I spent two hours at this tent earlier. It was the best two hours of my weekend.”