At Wellington anniversary weekend (16-20 January), over 1600 people gathered on the grounds of Kāpiti College to camp together and experience the speakers, worship, workshops and activities of the 25th New Zealand New Wine Festival.
The weather co-operated beautifully, with lots of sunshine and little wind to contend with this year. Participants had the opportunity to hear God speak into their lives, to rest, and to spend time developing relationships with their church families. The AYM crew hosted a delicious nacho dinner in their canvas and scaffolding palace.
At one stage, representatives from 170 churches gathered up the front to pray for unity, and everyone took communion together. Worship leaders from throughout the history of the festival led the congregation in singing songs from the past 25 years.
A strength of New Wine is the way it includes everyone and provides activities for all – from preschool to Kidzone to Cutting Edge for intermediates, Firewire for teens, workshops on a wide range of topics, outdoor movies, a water slide, a cafe, a scavenger hunt, a petting zoo, a beach day, and even a thirty-metre-long ice cream sundae. If you haven’t been to New Wine before, think about gathering a crew from your church and joining in next year.