UNITED AND LUMINOSITY 2020 ANNOUNCEMENT
As followers of Jesus, our mandate is to love one another. We want to go above and beyond to ensure the physical, spiritual, emotional and financial wellbeing of the New Wine family. It is with a very sad heart and in light of recent government announcements that we have decided, for the first time in our history, to cancel our summer events this year: United and Luminosity.
We recognise that many members of our family may feel particularly anxious in this turbulent and uncertain time and some will face an extremely difficult financial situation. As such, in this extraordinary circumstance, whatever our Terms & Conditions might say, we believe it is the right thing to do to offer full refunds (minus deposit) to all those who request them.
However, we have already had to outlay or commit to significant fees in preparation for this summer, which we will not be able to recoup at this late stage. In offering refunds, we are placing ourselves in your hands and under God’s provision. The decision to make refunds available could cost New Wine £1.06million and place not only future New Wine United events at risk, but the ongoing mission of New Wine – training, mentoring, planting and supporting local churches to change nations.
If you are able to donate all or part of your ticket fee to New Wine, we would be extremely grateful and if you are able to donate additional funds to cover those who aren’t in the same position, this would play a huge part in securing the future of New Wine and our mission. We will release more information early next week about how you can do this.
New Wine has always been more than an event. United is the banner under which we gather in the summer but our Kingdom work continues throughout the year through our network and the local churches committed to the New Wine DNA of Word and Spirit ministry. This remains unchanged and we are already seeing opportunities for churches to rise up in this time of uncertainty to restore hope and show the love of God.
These are challenging times for us all but we remain convinced that, as a family, our mission stays the same and we will continue to pray that God will move powerfully across this nation through the local church and his people.
A request from our HQ team:
In addition to this news, our staff team is also in the process of transitioning to work from home and therefore we will not be able to take calls at this time. We will be releasing more details next week which are likely to answer most of your queries but please refrain from contacting the office if at all possible. For anything urgent, email firstname.lastname@example.org and please continue to pray for the team as we work hard to serve the New Wine family in this unprecedented time.
We know many of you have questions and we've tried to answer the most common ones here. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we deal with any outstanding queries.
1. It is morally and socially irresponsible to press ahead with an event that enables c.12,000 people to gather together in close contact for a week. This is our primary reason for the cancellation – to keep our delegates, volunteers and staff safe.
2. Our event is only allowed to take place legally if we can guarantee a specific level of medical provision. An amazing team of volunteer medical practitioners effectively run a ‘field hospital’ on site and treat c.800-1000 people, including some life-threatening incidents, at United. Without this provision in place we cannot hold our event (under health & safety legislation).
This year we will not be able to recruit the level of medical team we need because NHS workers will be required on the front-line for many months to come.
As mentioned above, we have already expended significant costs on United 2020 production which we cannot recoup at this stage. We are fortunate enough to have some reserves to manage our cash-flow and keep operating for the immediate future, but the cost of cancelling United 2020 will be over £1 million, putting our future, and the possibility of any future summer events, at risk.
We are hopeful, and excited even, at the opportunities God may give us in months and years ahead. We have always been clear that we are so much more than one annual summer event and we will now confidently step further into that reality. We can already see the kindness of God in some of the strategic work he has led us through in recent months which have prepared and better positioned us for strengthening and encouraging local churches through our network. If you are a church leader and not yet in the New Wine Leaders Network (LN) then join us for specific support and advice on leading your church through these difficult times. Contact a member of our regional team (via www.new-wine.org/network/contact) or encourage your church leader to do so in order to be well equipped to support and encourage you.
New Wine has always been more than an event. United is the banner under which we gather in the summer, but our Kingdom work continues throughout the year through our network and the local churches committed to the New Wine DNA of Word and Spirit ministry. This remains unchanged and we are already seeing opportunities for churches to rise up in this time of uncertainty to restore hope and show God’s love.