Families flock to Keswick Convention

Date: Friday 21st July 2017
James and Maria Thompson, of Cambridge, take a selfie.
James and Maria Thompson, of Cambridge, take a selfie.

THE first week of the 142-year-old Keswick Convention, which attracts around 15,000 people, has drawn to a close.

Visitors from the Czech Republic, Cornwall, Bristol, Durham, Dumfries, Leeds, Manchester and Newcastle.
Visitors from the Czech Republic, Cornwall, Bristol, Durham, Dumfries, Leeds, Manchester and Newcastle.

All three weeks of the convention, which runs until 4th August, are centred around the theme “Captivated: Hearing God’s Word”.

The annual event, which started on Saturday, has got off to a good start, with organisers saying more families with children have visited than ever before.

To keep up with its younger audience, Keswick Ministries has launched a smartphone app which allows users to pick out their events of choice and create their own “My Keswick” from seminars, bible readings and other celebrations.

For those who are unable to attend, a live stream is available through the Keswick Convention website.

Extra security measures have been put in place this year in light of recent terror attacks. These include armed police patrolling the area and planter barriers being brought in to prevent vehicle attacks.

A Cumbria police spokesman said: “For those attending Keswick Convention, we hope you all have an enjoyable time. There will once again be a high-profile visible policing presence there. Please do not be alarmed by this as they are there as a precaution to ensure your safety.”

So far, the convention, has heard from a number of speakers, including Donald A. Carson, a research professor of the New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Illinois, who gave bible readings on Galatians, the ninth book of the New Testament.