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Festival
2016

Sat 28 – Tue 31 May

Stoneleigh Park,
near Coventry

The Catalyst Festival is all about mission — empowering us to make a difference in our workplaces, communities and nations.

We believe God has called us to be a blessing in every part of our society, using our skills and passions for the common good. And we also believe God has called us to take the good news of Jesus Christ to the UK and the nations of the world.

So each year our network of churches gathers together to worship Jesus, hear from the Bible, enjoy one another’s gifts, and get caught up in the bigger picture of what God’s doing.

Back for 2016, we’re excited to see what’s in store. We can’t wait to see you there.

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Main Meetings

Our main meetings are about worshipping God, receiving teaching from the Bible, and hearing stories of mission from around the world.

You can find the schedule for the main meetings here.

Speakers

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    David Devenish

    David is based at Woodside Church in Bedford and leads the Catalyst team, as well as gathering team leaders across Newfrontiers. He often travels to serve churches in other nations. He is married to Scilla and they have four children.

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    Alan Scott

    Alan is the founder and lead pastor of Causeway Coast Vineyard Church in Coleraine, the home of Healing On The Streets. He is passionate about bringing together biblical principles and supernatural power. He is married to Kathryn and has two daughters.

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    Amy Orr-Ewing

    Amy Orr-Ewing is Director of Programmes for the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics (OCCA). Amy is a passionate exponent of a rational Christian response to many pressing cultural issues and is increasingly called upon to comment on a variety of topics relating to the Christian faith on radio interviews in the UK and worldwide. Amy and her husband Frog have three sons and lead a church in Buckinghamshire which they planted in 2010.

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    Andy McCullough

    Andy is married to Jessica and they have four children. He was an elder at the Crown Church, West London, before moving in 2009 to a city in the Middle East in order to plant a church. Having spent two years learning the language, they are now several years into leading a church plant in a large, unevangelised nation.

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    Simon Holley

    Simon has co-led King’s Arms Church in Bedford since 2002 and became lead elder in 2006. He is part of the team that leads Catalyst, and supports and teaches at churches around the world. He is married to Caroline, and they have three children.

Worship Leaders

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    Tim Williams

    Tim is married to Maggie and works at New Life Church Milton Keynes, where he's one of the elders and leads the worship team. He was previously assistant worship pastor at St Andrews, Chorleywood.

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    Meri Leggott

    Meri is part of Kings Arms Church in Bedford, and is married to Ben. She is passionate about glorifying Jesus, loving the disadvantaged and raising up a worshipping church.

Zones

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    Zones are at the heart of the Catalyst Festival, equipping us for mission in every area of life. They’re about celebrating who we are and who we can be — a network of churches impacting every part of our culture and our society.

    A mixture of talks, discussion and hands-on activities, the zones are a great way to get a flavour of what makes Catalyst tick. There’ll be something to get involved with no matter what you’re called to.

Fringe

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    Our God loves creativity and fun, so the Fringe is the home of arts and entertainment at the Festival. Whether you’re looking for live music, films, sport or just somewhere to grab a coffee, there’s something here to catch your interest. And returning for 2016 is The Barn — an indoor space full of games and activites for kids and families.

Kids & Youth

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    Our kids groups about meeting God and having fun — helping children to encounter God for themselves.

    We’ve got six groups for children of all ages and abilities…

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    Age 0 – 2

    A warm, fun place for parents to take their children during the morning main meetings, with toys and crafts for young children. And returning for 2016 is Early Snug — a warm, dry place to take children before everyone else on the campsite is awake!

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    Age 3

    A great group for children aged 3, with play activities, stories and crafts.

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    Age 4

    Our brand new group for children aged 4, with lots of fun and learning guaranteed.

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    School Years Reception – 2

    Having fun and encountering God together — not forgetting the usual games and mess!

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    School Years 3 – 6

    Worship, talks and games to help children in schools years 3-6 encounter God and have fun with one another.

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    Our team specifically designed to integrate children with additional or special needs in to their age group. This includes access to a sensory space when required.

Youth

Youth at the Catalyst Festival has two really simple aims — to help us focus on Jesus, and to equip us to tell others about him.

Our main meetings are full of powerful worship and teaching from the Bible designed to meet you where you’re at, helping you live out your faith in your school or college. And there’s loads of other stuff happening outside the main meetings as well — from sports to video games to live music.

Essentials

Date

Saturday 28 – Tuesday 31 May 2016
(Festivalgoers leave Wednesday 1 Jun)

Location

Stoneleigh Park, near Coventry, UK, CV8 2LZ

Prices

Prices increase incrementally as the event approaches; each price break takes effect at midnight on the date shown. Click Book Now to get started.

  • Booked in by 30 November 2015

    Adults £94
    Concessions* £49
    Overseas* £49
    Students £29
    Youth and Children (age 3–18) £15
    Babies and Toddlers (age 0–2) FREE
  • Booked in by 17th April 2016

    Adults £104
    Concessions* £59
    Overseas* £49
    Students £29
    Youth and Children (age 3–18) £20
    Babies and Toddlers (age 0–2) FREE
  • Booked in by 28 May 2016

    Adults £120
    Concessions* £69
    Overseas* £49
    Students £29
    Youth and Children (age 3–18) £25
    Babies and Toddlers (age 0–2) FREE
  • Day Tickets (Saturday / Sunday)

    Adults £20
    Concessions* £15
    Overseas* £10
    Students £5
    Youth and Children (age 3–18) £5
    Babies and Toddlers (age 0–2) FREE
  • Day Tickets (Monday / Tuesday)

    Adults £40
    Concessions* £25
    Overseas* £20
    Students £10
    Youth and Children (age 3–18) £10
    Babies and Toddlers (age 0–2) FREE

*View full ticket information

Concessions - Available to those who are in receipt of a state pension, or full-time carers.

Overseas - Available to anyone coming from outside mainland Great Britain.

Children and Youth - Ages are based on the academic year, i.e. age on 31 August 2016. The age ranges given are inclusive.

Price Breaks - Fees are available at the advertised rate until 23:59 GMT on the date shown.

Refunds and Cancellation - Refunds in the event of cancellation are subject to a £15 administration fee. Students with exam dates that clash with the event can apply for a full or partial refund and won't incur the administration fee. No refunds are available for bookings cancelled after 1 March 2016.

Camping - If you make or amend a booking after 3 May 2016 we can’t guarantee you will be able to camp with your church group.

A–Z

  • Accessibility

    We want to make the Catalyst Festival as accessible as possible for everyone. Here are a few ways we can help.

    Amenities — Accessible toilets will be located in the amenity blocks. Some accessible shower units will also be available.

    Large print materials — Large print copies of this guide and other materials will be available on request from the Information Point.

    Signing — BSL interpretation will be available in the main meetings, and other meetings by request. A designated signing area can be found at the front of the main venue, and induction loops will be installed there as well.

    Wheelchairs — Wheelchair users are welcome to sit anywhere within venues, as long as one side of the wheelchair is next to an aisle.

  • Alcohol

    Alcohol is permitted in camping areas, but not any of the indoor venues.

  • Arrival

    You can arrive on site any time from 10.00am on Saturday 28 May. More information will be provided nearer the time.

  • Cash Machines

    There are no cash machines on site.

  • Church Coordinators

    Church Coordinators are the hardworking people from every church coming to the Festival who make sure everything on your site's hunky dory during the event. 

    If you're a Church Coordinator - thank you! You should have received a printed copy of this year's Church Coordinators' Guide — if not you can view it here, and printed versions will be available at the Festival, 

  • Departure

    Festivalgoers need to have left Stoneleigh Park by 10am on Wednesday 1 June. 

  • Fire Safety

    Fire points will be located around the site — your Church Coordinator will tell you where the nearest one to your site is. Please cook safely and ensure any gas cooking equipment is checked and safe to use. No open fires, bonfires or charcoal barbeques are permitted anywhere on site.

  • First Aid

    There will be a First Aid point near the main meeting venue staffed by a contracted medical company 24 hours a day. You can contact the First Aid team by calling the emergency number you will be provided with when you arrive, or asking anyone with a radio.

  • Gas Bottles

    No gas bottles are available for purchase on site, so please make sure you have enough before you arrive! Alternatively you can purchase gas from Kenilworth or Coventry.

  • Getting Along

    Please be considerate when walking around the site — keep noise to a minimum at night, try not to walk through other sites, and mind out for guy ropes.

  • Ice Packs

    There won’t be facilities to freeze ice packs available on site, although your church may decide to provide its own refrigeration facilities.

  • Information Point

    The Information Point will be open from 9am-7.30pm every day outside the main meeting venue, where our friendly team will be happy to help you with any problems or queries you might have.

  • Lost Property

    We will leave items left behind at the back of the meeting venues, where they can be retrieved. Valuable items will be kept safely at the Information Point.

  • Neighbourhood Hosts

    Your church group will be looked after by a Neighbourhood Host and team. They'll be your point of contact for any issues that arise, and liaise closely with all the other teams at the Festival to make sure you stay safe.

  • Noise

    All activities will be finished by 11pm, leaving you 15 minutes to get back to your site. Please stay on your church site from 11.30pm, and silent from midnight.

  • Photography and Filming

    You may be photographed or filmed for use in promoting Catalyst or the Catalyst Festival — on our websites, social media accounts, on video or in printed materials. If you don’t wish to take part please let the photographer know.

  • Programme

    Here's an idea of what to expect each day at the Festival. A full schedule will be available nearer the time.

    10am-12pm — Main Meeting, Kids and Youth

    2-5pm — Zones and Fringe

    7-9pm — Main Meeting, Kids (7-11s only) and Youth

    9.30-11pm — Late Night

  • Safeguarding

    There will be a Safeguarding Coordinator on site, whose role is to be available for advice and training for young people, and to supervise adults and event servers.

    All servers are asked to adhere to our Safeguarding Policy, and any server in direct contact with children and young people must have undergone a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check.

  • Security

    Stoneleigh Park is a working site, and there will be members of the public around throughout the event. Your own security and that of your belongings is your own responsibility. Wristbands will be checked on entrance to Festival venues. There will be a security team on site 24 hours a day.

  • Shopping

    Bread and milk will be available for purchase each day from the Farm Shop onsite. There are also supermarkets in Kenilworth and Coventry.

    There will also be a Camping Shop on site provided by IBEX Camping. It will offer camping equipment and basic essentials — ideal if something breaks or you’ve forgotten something important!

  • Tent Hire

    We have partnered with IBEX Camping to offer tent hire for this year's Festival. Visit their website for more information — they'll also be on-site during the event offering essential camping supplies from 7.30am until late.

  • Toilets and Showers

    Your nearest amenity blocks will be marked on the site map. If there are any problems with the amenity block in your Neighbourhood please let your Neighbourhood Host know. Please try to take short showers — those in the queue behind you will appreciate it!

  • Waste and Recycling

    Please bag your rubbish and use the dedicated skips around the site. Please also make sure your church site remains free of litter. You won’t find dedicated recycling bins on-site, as recyclable materials are sorted and removed from the general waste skips.

  • Wi-Fi

    Wi-Fi will be available around the site — why not log on and keep in touch with us?

  • Wristbands

    You will receive a wristband from your Church Coordinator when you arrive —  it’s essential that your wear it at all times so we know who’s part of the Festival and who’s not. In addition, all Catalyst Festival servers wear badges, and all contractors are given identity badges to wear around the site.

Serving

How does coming to the Catalyst Festival for half-price or free, and blessing hundreds of people at the same time sound?

We rely on an army of willing volunteers to make the event happen. On top of the discount on your ticket price, it’s loads of fun and you’ll get to work in a team with loads of great people from across Catalyst.

There are two categories of serving at the Festival.

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    Full-time

    You’ll be on duty for most of the day (8 hours), and you’ll probably miss both of the main meetings. If you serve in one of these roles you’ll get to come to the event for free.

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    Part-time

    You’ll be on duty for part of the day (4 hours), so you’ll hopefully be able to make one of the main meetings and the other stuff happening around the site as well. These roles give you a 50% discount on the normal ticket price.

Teams

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    Kids

    We need lots of helpers to make our kids work fun and safe for all of the children involved. Whether or not you’ve done kids work before, we’d love you hear from you if you’re interested in serving on one of our kids teams.

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    Kids – You will need…

    You’ll need a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check from no later than 28 May 2013 to serve on one of our kids teams. If you don’t have a current DBS Check then your church should be able to provide you with one.

    The Snug (0-2s) — Part time (mornings only)
    Sparks (3-5s) — Part time (mornings only)
    Blaze (School Years 1-2) — Part time (mornings only)
    Ignite (School Years 3-6) — Full time (mornings and evenings)

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    Maintenance

    Having thousands of people on the same site means we need a team on hand in case things go wrong. The maintenance team are the unsung heroes of the event - you’ll need to be practical and willing to get your hands dirty, but when the toilets have stopped flooding we’ll all be extremely grateful!

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    Neighbourhoods

    Neighbourhood Hosts are the friendly faces who greet you when you arrive on site, making sure you’re able to set up and help you throughout the event. We’re looking for people to join the teams for each of our three Neighbourhoods.

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    Setup

    Are you the practical sort? Enjoy seeing a plan come together? If you’re available a couple of days before the Festival starts we’d love to have you on our setup team - putting up signs and fencing, marking out campsites and setting up venues.

    Setup runs from Thursday morning to Saturday morning, and we’ll give you lunch and dinner on Thursday, all three meals on Friday and breakfast on Saturday.

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    Stewarding

    Can you smile? Yes? You’re qualified to join the stewarding team! Our stewards man the doors at the different venues, check wristbands and generally make sure everyone’s having a fun and safe time. You’ll be the friendly face that welcomes people to meetings and a helpful friend to direct people to the various zones and venues.

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    Takedown

    What goes up must come down. We need people who can join our takedown team and get Stoneleigh Park back to how we found it — packing things away, taking fences down and leaving the site spick and span.

    Takedown runs from all day Wednesday — we’ll provide breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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    The Barn

    Enjoy playing games, know how to use a nerf gun, or can just be a friendly face? Then the Barn is the place for you!

    It’s a part-time role, and you’d need to be around each afternoon to help out and to help with set down after the last afternoon.

Serving Essentials

Food

Once again there’ll be a servers’ canteen on site, providing a warm, comfortable place to hang out and food throughout the day. Tickets are available through the booking system.

Accommodation

Servers camp with their church groups — a great way to spend time with people from your church while serving the Festival.

Next Steps

Once you’ve booked, we’ll need an elder to approve your ticket (they’ll receive information about how to do this) and if you’re serving with children you’ll need to complete your DBS details.

A couple of weeks before the event, we’ll send you another email with details of when you need to arrive and your team briefing.

Contact

Got questions? Need some more information? Contact the serving team on servers@catalystnetwork.org — we’d love to hear from you.

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Resources

  • Video

    Video

    Check out videos of our talks from the main meetings at the last three Festivals.

    2013 — 2014 — 2015

  • Audio

    Audio

    Want to listen to the talks on the go? Stream or download audio from the main meetings.

    2013 — 2014 — 2015

  • Photos

    Photos

    Relive memories from previous years by browsing through some of our favourite photos.

    2013 — 2014 — 2015