Welcome to the website for Leeds Festival Angels! Part of Leeds Festival since 2011, our amazing volunteers run the Prayer Cafe (yes the one with the amazing mug unlimited drink deal), Lost Property tent, Detached Teams and the Chariot who support security staff on the various gates.
Leeds Festival Angels is a Christian based organisation who believe that Jesus Loves Festivals! Find out more on our BBC Look North feature and on the Intro video we created...
Festival Angels is a volunteer led organisation. Our volunteers commit to working at least 20 hours over the Leeds festival week (including some weekend/night shifts). If you would like to be considered for volunteering then:
Who: Volunteers drawn chiefly from the breadth of the Christian Church, working alongside and without prejudice, with those of any or no faith regardless of age, gender, disability, ethnicity or sexual orientation.
What: Seek to celebrate and promote a Christian presence by offering an exemplary service of care for the practical, emotional and spiritual needs of festival goers, staff and other volunteers. Provide safe spaces for others to share, explore and pray and respond to questions which may present opportunity to share something of our own faith journeys as they explore theirs.
Why: Following the example of Christ who cared and accepted without judgement, and responded to the diverse physical, practical and spiritual needs of all those before him.
Jesus loves festivals? Really? What about the Jesus of stuffy, dusty buildings and old wooden pews? Does he love festivals? Well the Jesus many of our volunteers know is quite different to the one you might have heard about- he loves people, knows how to laugh, and cares about you.
Jesus' teachings are still discussed and debated today, he loved those on the edges of society, he upset the political and religious leaders of the day, he healed the sick, raised the dead and spoke truths about life, faith, spirituality and God. He was also sentenced to a cruel death, murdered on a cross, because he claimed to be the Son of God. His death was part of God's eternal plan! It was God's way of offering life, love, forgiveness, hope, peace and a way to life beyond the here and now. We also believe that death was not the end, Jesus rose from the dead and showed his nail pierced hands to those who doubted.
We invite you to try following Jesus! How? Simples! Ask him by praying "Jesus - I want to start following you. I invite you into my life, to become central to my life. Help me become the kind of person you want me to be. Help me to change to be a blessing to you, to others and to my community. Amen"
Leeds Festival Angels has helped to start a Festival Angels movement at festivals across the UK - check out festivalangels.org.uk for details of other events Festival Angels teams are at.