28 - 30 May
What is WILDFIRES?
Gas Street is part of a brand new national festival called Wildfires with a mandate to “contend for the next great awakening” in this nation. The festival will bring church communities together from across the country for extended times of worship, world-class Bible teaching, and prayer ministry. There’ll also be tons and tons of opportunity for us to enjoy community together as a church
Why are we going to wildfires?
1. THE HOLY FIRE
‘His word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones.’ Jeremiah 20:9
Every move of God begins with an encounter with His presence. And so our heart for Wildfires is first and foremost to set aside time to hang out in His presence. To allow our dependency upon him to deepen, our apathy to be broken and our lives transformed as we orientate our hearts around God and the cause of His kingdom
In the place of encounter, we experience fullness of life. Blazoned on our hearts is the truth that without the presence of God we have nothing. It’s His presence alone that distinguishes us and so we want to make seeking after him our highest priority, learning to become carriers of His presence to those around us. Not bound by schedules or straightjacketed by programmes, we welcome the disruption of the Holy Spirit and embrace the wildness of his presence
As we accept His invitation to intimacy we experience His refining fire. Our hearts are woven together with His, we begin to pursue more wholeheartedly becoming like the one we worship, allowing His holy fire to disrupt and purify every part of our lives. As the sparks are fanned into flame, we take up the torch and continue the cry of saints throughout the centuries for His kingdom to come
In the place of encounter we are empowered for the journey ahead. We discover the foundational truth that our mission is shaped not by our ability, but by the nature and the character of God. And as we rest in the presence of this all-powerful, all-loving God, the impossible is redefined
2. THE CAMPFIRE
Our prayer for Wildfires is that this gathering will draw people together from all walks of life, ready to catch a vision to change the world. For centuries, campfires have been the gathering point of the community. A place where not only our physical needs for warmth, food, and protection are found, but where our emotional needs for belonging are met. As we sit round the campfire sharing food and telling stories, we build family
In our culture, where many people are independent, isolated and lonely, we want to build a place of community where everyone feels a sense of belonging; where hurts are healed, genuine friendships are developed and people find a true sense of home. The impact of this kind of community could be extraordinary. Margaret Mead once famously said,
‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has’
It’s in the place of community that we learn to wed ourselves to the well-being of others, where we commit to sharing the highs and the lows of life together. We laugh with one another, cry with one another, and share the stories that puts courage deep within us, spurring each other on as we chase after God’s heart
Our hope for Wildfires is that it’s home for all ages, a place where we invest in the whole community. We long for Wildfires to be a place where kids thrive and so as well as having a huge amount of fun, we want the next generation to catch the fire, seeing them grow in their faith and make lifelong friends for the journey ahead. For as Gustav Mahler once said,
‘Tradition is not to preserve the ashes, but to pass on the flame’.
3. THE WILDFIRE
Just like Moses at the burning bush and the disciples at Pentecost, when we experience the fire of God’s presence we hear God’s call: the place of encounter becomes the place of commissioning. We discover our God is concerned with more than just a revival of the church; as well as seeing his people on fire again, his transformative power is for the restoration of nations, for the rewiring of culture, and the renewal of all creation
Our deep desire is that this fire would spread in such a way that every sphere of society is infected with the values of the Kingdom of God: from the business community to politics, from education to the entertainment industry, and from media to the arts
Our prayer for Wildfires is that as we spend time in God’s presence, we would glimpse his unrelenting pursuit for the broken, hurting, and oppressed, and accept the call to partner with Him on his mission to make all things new. Compassion and courage would be planted deep within us as we reclaim our creative identities and dare to dream again
Our hearts are captured by a vision that goes far beyond ourselves, propelling us out into our workplaces, our cities and our streets, with a vision of restoration and a contagious hope that defies the impossible
Yet the place of commissioning is also the place of surrender. As we come undefended, laying down all that’s in our hands, we offer ourselves to Him again. We sacrifice our dreams and our egos on the altar of His kingdom. We trade our maps for a Guide and learn what it means to become followers of the fire of His presence. As he leads us out onto the wild frontiers of faith, our prayer is that we’d be a bunch of people who learn together what it means to choose obedience over significance, who count the cost, and faithfully go
Where is it being held?
Wiston House, Steyning, West Sussex, BN44 3DZ
We’ll be camping together so you’ll need to bring your own tent* and camping gear
(*we are running a “rent-a-tent" scheme so please do get in touch asap for more information)
How can I book?
Book onto Wildfires using the link below, to ensure you'll be camping with Gas Street
There are also opportunities to volunteer for discounted and free tickets, which can be arranged through the Wildfires website
For more information about the festival, visit the Wildfires website here