Posted by Graham Kendrick on 8 December 2015

The Early Years
My history with Spring Harvest goes way back to the very conception of the event itself. At the time, I was on the longest tour I have ever done - 55 dates with Clive Calver. Clive, together with Peter Meadows, had had the idea of an Easter event with the unusual name of Spring Harvest. On the tour, which was itself a call to radical discipleship and mission, we carried with us boxes of fliers about this new event.

The following Easter, between two and three thousand predominantly young people gathered together. From the start the music caused consternation. We were as yet unclear as to whether we were a Christian ‘Woodstock’ music festival or something else. However, there was a great hunger for worship and, as there had been so much renewal taking place in churches those days, there was an openness in people desiring to worship in different ways.

I was there primarily as a performing artist doing my singer-songwriter material, and I remember Clive came to me saying that people were hungry to worship but there were no worship leaders. We had worked in a team together for several years and he knew I led worship, so I ventured out there with my handful of songs, including some that I had written. It was one of those moments where a generation was ready to express itself in terms of its own music culture and so I found myself in the right place at the right time.

Signing The Themes
A pattern developed where Spring Harvest would take a theme each year and send it to several songwriters to submit songs. That’s how ‘Servant King’ came to be. Those two words were set side by side as a theme in 1984, and immediately I knew there was a song in there because of the contrast of those words. I also remember writing ‘Knowing You’ when Spring Harvest focussed on the book of Philippians.

Spring Harvest 2015
I really enjoyed leading worship again at Spring Harvest 2015 and it was great to work with a whole new generation; in fact, one of the leaders of the celebration I was a part of was Gavin Calver, son of Clive Calver. The whole event seemed as fresh as ever, doing what it’s always done…and that is to serve the churches, to be an encouragement, to bring teaching and of course, the great experience of being with several thousands of people worshipping together.

It was great to introduce some new songs and one in particular that seemed to resonate was a song I wrote with a young guy called Ben Trigg, called ‘Holy Overshadowing’. By the end of the week, you could hear in people’s voices that it had bedded in well and people were relating to it.

Find out more about Spring Harvest 2016 at springharvest.org

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