Conservative Party Conference 2016

The Conservative Christian Fellowship attends Conservative Party Conference

The CCF under our new Executive Director Gareth Wallace didn’t shy away from difficult policy debates at Party Conference.

Gareth said “it is an honour as a longstanding Conference attendee to take the reins of the CCF. We hosted our 10th Anniversary Church Service attended by hundreds of delegates and Church Leaders as well as policy and prayer events covering some very different and difficult policy areas. We were in discussion with MPs and CCF members alongside Christian Charities that provide services in areas as diverse as Homelessness, Foodbanks, Refugees, Child Mental Health, Human Rights, Religious Persecution, Child Rights, Prison Ministry, Debt Advice and International Development.”

The CCF were very excited to be hosting a former Ambassador to discuss the issue of helping Syrian refugees at home and abroad. This event was held in conjunction with Christian Aid and World Vision, two Christian Charities with unparalleled reputations for delivering Christian compassion at the point of need.

Our regular programme of Prayer Breakfasts included policy areas where the Church and Christian Charities have lessons for Government in the delivery of Foodbanks, services for the Homeless and Children’s Mental Health.

Gareth concluded: “All our events were free to attend outside the security bubble. We welcomed Conservative Party Members as well as Birmingham residents to any event on our programme. We had as many as 69 people at each of our morning prayer breakfasts and were delighted to receive so much support on our Exhibition stand from MPs and Ministers.”

Our 10th anniversary Church Service was kindly hosted by Birmingham City Church on Sunday 2nd October. We were joined by Caroline Spelman MP, Steve Clifford from the EA and Dr Andrew Davies who directs the Edward Cadbury Centre for the Public Understanding of Religion. The Bishop of Birmingham lead our prayers for Conference as the great City of Birmingham hosted the Conservative Party Conference this year.”

The CCF theme for Conference was ‘Serving Jesus, Serving the Nation, Serving You.’ We are proud to have highlighted the inspiring work of Christian Charities whose delivery of services for those in need is an inspiration to Compassionate Conservatives across the UK.

Birmingham’s Motto is “Forward”. In this cradle City of innovation and progress our prayer was that at our Conference events the CCF left people inspired with the excellent work of our Churches, our Universities, and our Charities.

As we look “Forward” to the next year as a CCF family we look forward to serving Jesus, Serving our Nation and serving you!