An outbreak of the vociferous Norovirus at Bodelwyddan Castle Hotel threw the conference plans into jeopardy, and caused a large headache for the YFC national team. However, the resourceful team managed to pull one out of the bag, and saved the whole event by securing a deal with the Hilton Metropole in Birmingham as our venue. They really did an excellent job in making sure that the conference went as smoothly as possible.
Despite finishing a day earlier than planned, it was another brilliant time of celebrating, learning, meeting, and being inspired*. The band YFriday were leading worship for us again, and there were brilliant talks and seminars from Lon Allison and Gavin Calver among others.
And there was snow - visible in the background of this photo I took:
(This would have been a very pleasant place for a swim, were it not for the large number of people milling around by the lifts just to the right of the photo.)
Most importantly, though, was that God was speaking to us, and drawing us closer to Himself. I am much more excited about mission now, and I'm also loving Jesus a bit more.
*I'm reading "Eats, shoots and leaves" at the moment, (a book about punctuation) and decided it would be tremendous fun to use the Oxford comma here, don't you agree?