Summer Madness is almost upon us and 14 groups of young people are gathering up their sleeping bags and wellies in readiness for this year’s Festival.
The annual Christian Youth Festival takes place in the glorious grounds of Glenarm Castle, Co Antrim, from June 30-July 4.
This year the Connor young people will be joined by an American group called Christ In Youth. They have been partnering with Summer Madness and run extensive programmes for young people in USA.
Christ In Youth are based in Missouri and the main group of young people coming to Connor Diocese are from Arkansas. There will be 27 Americans including seven leaders and they will be camping alongside the Connor groups and eating with the Connor young people during Summer Madness.
The American visitors will then take part in Connor Streetreach in Glenavy from July 5-7 before flying home.
Diocesan Youth Officer Christina Baillie said: “We are privileged to host this group and excited to see what God will do through the group.”
The Connor youth groups taking part in Summer Madness are:
St Colman’s Gateway, Carrickfergus; St Stephen’s, St Luke’s & St Michael’s, Belfast; Derryvolgie Parish; Lisburn Catherdral; Church of the Resurrection; St Patrick’s, Coleraine; Lambeg Parish; Ballymena Parish; Broughshane Parish; Ballyclare Parish; St Pauls, Lisburn; Glenavy Parish; St Brigids, Glengormley; and St Nicholas’, Carrickfergus.