2018 Convention

It may seem strange to be thinking of the Summer in Bournemouth when the current winter climate brings single digit temperatures and shortened daylight hours. So while cossetted in the warmth of your home mark up your 2018 calendar with the all-important dates of the summer convention events.

The week you need to highlight is Monday 2nd July to Friday 6th July inclusive and the venues are once again the Citygate Centre in Holdenhurst Road for the evenings and Christ Church Westbourne for the mornings.

The structure of the convention week also remains unchanged with eleven events spread across the five days for adults, youth and church leaders. Full details will be announced over the coming months but we already have two excellent speakers confirmed in Craig Dyer and Daf Meirion-Jones and their topics are detailed below.

Craig Dyer graduated from the Irish Baptist College in Belfast in 1989 and became Pastor for Bellshill Baptist Church in North Lanarkshire. He subsequently became Pastor at Harper Memorial/Baptist Church south of the Clyde in the Govan area of Glasgow.

It was during his twenty years pastoring at Harper Memorial Church in Glasgow that Craig’s involvement in “Christianity Explored” deepened, leading to his present role as Training Director. His role is to provide evangelism training for churches around the world by developing a network of qualified trainers.

We look forward very much to hearing him speak at our five main evening convention presentations where he will speak from the book of 1 Peter under the banner heading “How to be Surprisingly Unsurprised”

His individual topics are:

Monday 2nd July “Welcome to your World” 1 Peter Chapter 4 (& Overview)
Tuesday 3rd July ‘Hopeful and holy’ 1 Peter Chapter 1
Wednesday 4th July ‘Healed by wounds’ 1 Peter Chapter 2-3
Thursday 5th July ‘Suffering and blessed’ 1 Peter Chapter 2-3
Friday 6th July ‘Humbled to be exalted’ 1 Peter Chapter 5

Daf Meirion-Jones is currently Senior Pastor of Chessington Evangelical Church (CEC) which is a large modern church in Surrey which own and run a community centre (The King’s Centre) as a way to serve the local area.

He became a Christian at university and after teaching geography for six years trained to become a Pastor. Despite his obviously Welsh sounding name Daf and his wife had in fact both originated from and had family roots in Surrey with Daf having grown up in Guildford.
We look forward very much to welcoming him to the 2018 Bournemouth & Poole Convention where he will speak at Westbourne from the book of Zephaniah.

Under the banner heading of “The Lord who Loves to Save” his three morning presentations will be:

Wednesday 4th - “Be silent and listen” - Zephaniah 1,
Thursday 5th - “Gather and Seek” - Zephaniah 2
Friday 6th - “Wait and Sing” - Zephaniah 3.



The Leaders Day will be on Tuesday 3rd July at Christ Church, Westbourne – details of the topic and speaker will be announced shortly.

The two Youth Evenings ably organised and led by our colleagues at “crossteach” will take place at the Citygate Centre on Wednesday 4th and Thursday 5th July. More details to follow.