First-time gathering of Christians this weekend

Picture from Summer Madness, a festival for Christian youth taking place annually

Picture from Summer Madness, a festival for Christian youth taking place annually

A gathering of hundreds of young Christians is to take place this weekend for the first time.

Known as Catalyst, the camping event will see talks, music and debates taking place at Glenarm Castle Estate from 7pm on Friday to Sunday.

Tickets are priced at £70, and the organisers said the event will have a capacity of around 500.

Catalyst is itself an offshoot of the upcoming Summer Madness event, but is designed for older Christians.

Summer Madness has a capacity of 2,500 and is described by director John Kee as a “festival of faith”.

It is taking place from June 27 to July 1, at the same venue.

The two gatherings are similar, but whilst the long-running Summer Madness (priced at £95) is geared towards an audience aged roughly between 12 and 20, and Catalyst is aimed more at those in their 20s and 30s.

Mr Kee said the latter is for those who feel they have grown beyond the youth festival, but still “have a hunger to connect with spiritual themes”.

Tickets are available for both and details of how to buy them can be obtained from www.summermadness.co.uk

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. To read more about Catalyst, click here




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