Unite 2017 – an amazing weekend at Felden Lodge

Between Friday 2nd and Sunday 4th June 2017, over 200 young people and leaders from across England & Wales came together for Unite at Felden Lodge.

Unite is a great opportunity for people to meet, explore their faith and enjoy a range of activities together, through a semi-structured programme which runs over the duration of the event.

The weekend began with a time together in the Marquee, where we were welcomed by Lee Hiorns, Event Leader. This was followed by a time of worship together. We were delighted to welcome back James Oxford and his band to lead worship, and our speaker for the weekend was Luke Dale, youth and children’s pastor at Mowbray Community Church in Yorkshire. Gareth Hillier and Sean Clancy, both BB Development Workers, led sessions for the 11 to 14s age group.

There was a packed programme of activities throughout the weekend including football, archery, rounders, American football, inflatable bungee run, sumo suits, laser tag, a camp fire, a quiz and much more. James and his band led a music workshop and a praise party, and there were also workshops for leaders including success sharing and problem solving, working with challenging behaviour, an OBM clinic and an afternoon tea.

The entertainment on Saturday evening included the opportunity to have a go at some Bushtucker Trials, the return of the Lip Sync Battle – which featured several memorable performances – and a disco which included Unite tattoos, a photo booth and the chance to make some mocktails!

Each group at Unite was part of one of three ‘villages’: red, blue and yellow. Each village was led by two village leaders. They competed against each other throughout Unite to earn points for taking part in activities and winning competitions, with the aim of being named the ‘best village’ during the Unite awards ceremony at the end of the weekend. After a very close competition, and for the first time ever, the winners were the yellow village led by Connor Ruse (1st Plymouth) and Will Snowden (59th Manchester). Well done yellows!

For more information about the event as it happened, check it out on social media:

Facebook: facebook.com/unitebb
Twitter: @unitebb
Instagram: @unitecamp

Comments, photos and videos were posted throughout the weekend using the hashtag #unitebb

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