Christians from across the North of England will be heading to Leeds Festival next month.
The group of over one hundred volunteers won't be enjoying the music from the latest bands but will be running the Lost Property tent, a Prayer Cafe and offering help and assistance across the Bramham Park site.
Work at Leeds Festival started in 2011 when a Methodist lady from the local village of Thorner approached Festival Republic to ask if the local churches could run a prayer tent. Festival Republic agreed and offered the churches space within the festival village.
In 2012 the work had grown and Festival Angels was launched as a link to the Street and Club Angels running across the country. The team was approached to run the lost property tent in 2013 as the festival organisers knew that they could trust the church to run it properly! Detached teams were also launched in 2013 as a way of offering help to some of the 90,000 festival goers as well as water, sun tan lotion and sweets to the staff.
Revd. Andy Nicholson, a local vicar and coordinator of Festival Angels, says, "being involved in Leeds Festival Angels is a very exciting part of what the church needs to be doing. We're reaching out to young people and saying that the church is there for them. We care about them. That's such an important message for us as Christians to put over."
Festival Angels, which is part of the CNI (Christian Nightlife Initiatives) Network, is looking to link with other Christian based festival initiatives and offer support and resources to churches who want to set up a prayer cafe or detached work at local music festivals.