Sold out signs are up at Event City, Manchester with more than 130 organisations taking all the space earmarked for CRE North (13/14 Mar 2019).
‘It will be the first CRE in the north for five years and also the first regional event under our ownership,’ said Steve Goddard, who bought the exhibition from the Bible Society in November 2016. ‘We are thrilled so many organisations have backed us in this way.’
The official HQ of the organisation is now on Merseyside and CRE at Event City will have a distinctly northern flavour. A choir from St Leonard’s C of E school in Padiham, Lancashire will serenade Irish singer and former MEP Dana, who is opening the exhibition, with new words to her Eurovision Song Contest-winning song – ‘All Kinds of Everything – for your church and you.’
The first exhibit seen by visitors will the Embassy Bus, providing emergency shelter and support to vulnerable adults in Greater Manchester. The Bishop of Bolton, Rev Mark Ashcroft, will speak on church growth in areas of deprivation. Manchester-based gospel collective Voices Beyond will perform, along with several artists handled by CRE North exhibitor Ministry of Music.
There will also be more than 20 free seminars on a range of practical subjects from job searching to safeguarding.
Among exhibitors specialising in building maintenance and hardware are Makerfield Systems, Hayes and Finch, SF Furniture, ICS Furniture, Casala, B&H Sound, Nicholas Hobbs Furniture, Unistage, Treske, GoPak, MPB Sound & Light, Ecclesiastical Insurance, Church Tools, Hymn Technology, Core Conservation, Wigwam Acoustics, Access Insurance, ROCK-tech Projects, Novum AV, Rosehill Furniture, CPL Architects, Church Desk, Audioworks, Phasic, Ann Wray, Midshire Business Systems, Reprotec, Richard King Systems, Univoxaudio, Anthony J Smith (lighting), Mellor and Mottram and Fullers Finer Furniture.
Special features include CRE’s first-ever Study Zone where representatives from eight colleges, including Nazarene Theological College in Manchester, will guide visitors through the academic maze, offering one-to-one consultations on all aspects of theological study. Not forgetting a special focus on social engagement with Greater Manchester Street Pastors, a youth and children’s work trail – and entertainment in CRE’s first-ever Inflatable Theatre, hosted by the redoubtable Rev Cindy Kent MBE.
CRE North will be open until 8pm on Wed 13 March. Event City offers great transport links and thousands of free parking places in a friendly, welcoming atmosphere. Its location next to the Trafford Centre makes it easy to find. To book your ticket for as little as £3 and for more information, visit www.creonline.co.uk.
CRE North 2019 at Event City, Manchester opening hours: Wed 13 Mar 10am-8pm and Thu 14 Mar, 10am-4pm.