‘Reaching People, Changing Lives’ – 88th Bangor Worldwide Convention

Wednesday July 10th 2024

The 88th Bangor Worldwide Convention runs from Friday August 16 to Sunday August 25, with the theme Reaching People, Changing Lives.

At a recent launch event, Chairman Tom Clarke said this theme captured the essence of what the convention has been about since its inception in 1937.

“There is the activity of people, whether in distant lands or on this island, being reached for the Gospel and many lives being changed as a result,” he said. “However, there is another aspect; some who attend the convention will be reached by the challenge laid down by the speakers and have their lives totally changed by answering the call to respond.” 

Bible teaching forms a core element of Bangor Worldwide and this year Colin Smith, a Scot who has been based in the USA for the last 25 years, will be leading the studies each morning from Monday to Friday at 11.30am. 

Other international speakers include Bob Fu, author of God’s Double Agent, Pete Hansen, an award winning filmmaker, Dr Beryl D’Souza-Vali from the Good Shepherd Church of India and Taysir Abu Saada from the Middle East.

The majority of the events will be held at Hamilton Road Presbyterian Church but there are also events in the neighbouring Baptist Church as well as in Dublin, Drogheda, Drumreagh, Lurgan and Magherafelt.

There are specific events for young adults on both Fridays as well as a special Equip Gathering on Saturday August 17 in City Church, 1st Bangor Presbyterian Church. A ladies afternoon tea event will take place in Bangor Parish Church on Thursday 22 and a seminar, Growing the church in difficult times, at Lisnabreen Presbyterian on Saturday 24. 

Registration will be required for certain events such as the seminars, so anyone wishing to attend should check the programme in full and book in via the Bangor Worldwide website

An evening launch was held in Hamilton Road Baptist Church, Bangor with additional leaders’ brunches held in Bangor and Union Theological College, Belfast. Dr Zack Eswine from Riverside Church in Missouri, USA spoke at each of the events and an overview of the summer programme was given. During the evening launch, Rev David Johnston from the committee interviewed Esther Teggart from Living Waters Adopt a child and Rev Dr Annes Nel about their current mission work.

For more information on all the events taking place during the convention, visit the website or follow on social media. 

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