Elim Family Festival 2022
After much discussion and prayer, it is with great sadness that the leadership of Elim Family Festival announce that we are cancelling this year’s Festival.
Despite our best efforts to make this year’s Festival an enjoyable, as well as practical and safe experience for all attending, there are several reasons we don’t feel we can run the Festival to the standard that you have come to expect. These include:
- We don’t have enough people booked into make the Fest financially viable. We have looked at how we can produce a reduced Festival on a small budget, but we cannot make it happen without sacrificing the quality of the Festival for all attending.
- Of those booked in, only a handful of people are booked as workers. As you will appreciate, less attendees does not reduce the amount of work involved in running the Fest safely and successfully. Less workers results in the huge workload of running the Festival falling on a small number of people, which is not practical, safe or fair for those volunteers.
- We have discovered in the past 2 weeks that we no longer have use of the shower blocks and toilets we have benefitted from in the past. We would of course be hiring portable toilet and shower blocks, and whilst this is fine at most festivals, we feel this would compromise the experience that many have come to expect on the Festival site.
- We have also recently discovered that there is now an industrial shot blaster housed in the barn. Not only does this reduced the space available in the Hub, which we have enjoyed use of for eating, meetings and games in previous years, but also, and more importantly, it means site is now an industrial premises, which we feel is a Health and Safety concern that compromises the safety of the site. Indeed, a member of the public has already contacted us to draw our attention to their concern about this, and we take all such safety concerns extremely seriously.
I hope you understand our decision; please know this has not been an easy choice to make, as we were all so excited about being together this year after so long apart.
Please do keep us in your prayers as we navigate this difficult situation, but also pray for us as we move forward; we are already on with plans for 2023 and are excited about the future. We will of course update you with further details in due course.
Please feel free to get in touch via our Contact Page if you would like to know more.
Yours in Him