Every Year DRY joins in with Ireland's largest Christian Youth Festival, and ups sticks to Summer Madness!
Summer Madness is Irelands largest Christian youth festival held in Glenarm Castle, attracting around 2,000 – 3,000 campers every year. The focus is on the big top worship times in the morning and evening, alongside smaller venues which look at hot-topics. This event happens over 5days at the end of the school term in June.
Groups from Derry and Raphoe camp together to create a mini-community at the event, with a communal tent erected to act as a gathering space for the leaders and young people.
In camping together at the event a community atmosphere is generated, hopefully encouraging new friendships to form. By attending various workshops, seminars and big top worship sessions, young people feel challenged and encouraged in their faith to explore it and take it on personally.
The size and numbers of other young people who go to Summer Madness make it a memorable experience for most people who go, reminding them that exploring faith can be a fun thing to do.
Camping, eating, sharing and worshipping together in an atmosphere dedicated to helping young people explore faith. Big Top worship both kicks off, and ends the day, with activities, workshops, seminars and free time to fill the gaps in between.
Youth groups who come together to share what they have learned/enjoyed at the end of each day testify that it can bring them closer together.
How it meets the diocesan strategy:
Deeper: By hearing challenging talks, and inspirational seminars from gifted communicators with powerful stories, young people can feel empowered and enabled to go forward and deeper in their own faith.
Closer: By going with a larger group, and camping together in a diocesan mini-camp, young people can make new friends, churches can deepen links and the DRY community can feel a lot closer. By helping to make memories in the lives of young people, young people are encouraged to come to other events and activities which DRY runs.
Wider: The whole message of Summer Madness is owning faith and doing something with it, which is predominantly why On The Move comes straight after it. However it is much more than this. It is about empowering and encouraging young people to own their faith, and walk out the doors and share it. This is a great event to encourage young people to become active change makers for God.