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Spring Harvest announces free online festival to replace cancelled conference

by Cara Bentley

Two weeks after cancelling the popular Christian conference, Spring Harvest has announced how they plan to go ahead with this year's line-up. 

Spring Harvest is a church family gathering which was due to take place in Minehead, Skegness and Harrogate in April but was cancelled in mid-March due to coronavirus. 

Those who booked will be refunded either by Butlins or Spring Harvest (depending on the venue). Being forced to cancel though has left the organisation in a seriously comprimised financial situation, with them standing to lose £1.5m and not able to come back from large costs already paid out. 

However, the Spring Harvest talks and worship sessions will now be brought to people for free as part of 'Spring Harvest Home' and will be available online via YouTube from April 13-17th. 

They said in a statement: "We are all disappointed that we can't join together as one Spring Harvest family this year, but the team here have been working really hard to adapt and deliver the heart of Spring Harvest... direct to your living room! 

"Never has there been a more appropriate time for us to gather together as a community to worship, learn, laugh and pray together."

There will be "morning Bible teaching, live worship, specialist seminars and workshops and some light-hearted sofa viewing" available right through the day. 

The team is also hoping it will reach people who may have never come to the conference: "It's our prayer to serve everyone who tunes in, helping us all to encounter God, be inspired by the good news of Jesus this Easter, and to see all of us, our communities and our culture, transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit.

"Encourage your friends, family, neighbours and churches to also connect with Spring Harvest Home online, for what we believe will be a truly unique time of being quality Church together!"

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