We are the Church that provides a safe space at Creamfields

A GROUP of devotees have been providing a safe space for Creamfields ravers for four years.

Members of We are the Church first approached the organizers of Creamfields in 2016 to ask if they could be there to offer support and provide a space for festival-goers to relax.

“We had heard about the work of the Festival Angels at other events and wanted to do something similar for our local festival,” said organizer Rev Jane Proudfoot of St Wilfrid’s Church in Grappenhall.

This year marked the fourth time that We Are Church tents have appeared on the Daresbury grounds.The brilliant team of volunteers

The team is made up of Warrington and Runcorn volunteers from a wide range of local churches.

In addition to providing a quiet, relaxing space and discussion space for festival-goers, We are the Church also distributes thousands of glasses of water during the four days of the festival.

“We are here to listen and let people at the festival know that they are loved and cared for,” said Reverend Jane.

“We’re handing out thousands of cups of water over the four days of Creamfields and having amazing conversations.

“We want the young people who attend, many of whom may never have been to church, to leave knowing that the Church cares about them.”

A grateful festival-goer visited the church tent and expressed his gratitude on social media.

“Just wanted to send a message and say how amazing the church was at Creamfields this weekend,” they said.

“It was truly my and my friend’s safe space with such inspiring volunteers who should be so proud of themselves for helping the people they do.

” It’s really unbelievable !

“Keep doing what you all do even when it seems difficult because you don’t realize how many people’s lives you are changing.

“God bless you.”

Volunteers feel ‘privileged’ to be able to work alongside the festival organizers and be part of ‘Creamfields Cares’ which supports the well-being and welfare of everyone on site.

The brilliant team of volunteers

Pastor and organizer Jonny Masters, Family and Children’s Councilor for the Diocese of Chester, said: “The team at Creamfields are incredibly helpful and generous to us, and we couldn’t do what we do without their help. and their support.

The church team have been “distressed” to learn of the death of a young woman from South Wales after falling ill at Creamfields 2022.

Kim Wellens, who works for Warrington Youth for Christ and also helps organize Creamfields volunteers, said: “His family is in our thoughts and prayers.

“No one can fail to be affected by such sad news, we want everyone to stay safe.”

Volunteers operate entirely on donations from local churches.

To find out more, to donate to We are the Church, or to inquire about volunteering, contact [email protected]

Jan G. Gilbert