Just got back from ECG (the new 'convention' event taking place in the week after Easter in the way that Easter People did for 20 years). Fantastic. A great feel and everyone I met agreed. The 1200 folk there was enough to provide the crowd needed to make a celebration, but few enough to allow that 'intimacy' of a group being bonded together in something special.
Paul Smith preached a stonker of a sermon, as did 28 year old Gavin Calver. The partnership with Youth For Christ seemed to work well and young adults were visible in leading almost everything. This was one of the aims of ECG, that it identify, recource and enable emerging generations of young leaders. The bible studies were highly thought of, delivered with power and passion by Clive Calver. The weather wasn't up to much, but it didn't seem to dampen many spirits.
So all credit to the organisers, going out on a limb, and delivering a great event. Especially the Methodists among them, Ashley Cooper, Steve Lindridge, William Porter, and their long suffering spouses, Moira, Elaine and Karen. Thank you all.
Were you there? What did you think?