SoulFest exists to encourage all who attend to surrender to God’s love, allowing TRUE LOVE to lead us into a deeper awareness of God’s call on our lives to live relationally with God, each other, and our neighbors in our communities and throughout the world, and to take action against any inputs that crosses our path. While raising awareness is important, SoulFest hopes to empower attendees with tools and resources to fight injustice in small ways daily. Here a few of the ways SoulFest will be taking up social justice issues on site:
The Cross Ministry
True Love Prayer Walls
True Love Exchange
This year SoulFest is celebrating 20 years of great music and mission throughout the New England area. We want to invite you to help make our 20th year an unforgettable one. One way we want to do that is to team up with an organization that is doing life changing things in our region. When we first heard of York County Shelter we couldn’t wait to hear more of the awesome work they are doing and find a way to help out.
And that is why we have created this campaign.
A little about the Organization: York County Shelter is Located on historic Shaker Hill Road in Alfred, Maine, with programs throughout Southern Maine, YCSP was founded on the belief that everyone – regardless of income level, housing needs, mental or physical health issues, struggles with addiction, and other challenges associated with poverty and homelessness – deserves to be treated with respect and dignity.
THE QUESTION IS …WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP?
On Saturday morning of SoulFest, hundreds of participants will gather to walk ½ a mile to a pond and back; representing the walk thousands around the world take daily to retrieve clean water for their families. Participants will carry a bucket, fill it up at the pond and walk back while learning about the struggle for clean water for communities in Africa. We gladly partner with Blood:Water to provide the walk4water experience in addition to utilizing funds collected at SoulFest to maintain wells where they are involved. Participation is FREE, but you can support the great work Blood:Water does by clicking HERE
Bags of Hope is an outreach ministry Jasmine Grace founded as a way to reach out in a practical way to women living on the streets or in programs throughout the Boston area. In collaboration with programs serving women affected by trafficking, addiction and homelessness, Bags of Hope Ministries is driven by the community. All types of people are donating the items, filling the bags and handing them out! By doing this we let the women know there is a better way, they are treasured, and we are here to help.
List of items to bring:
- 12oz Shampoo——12oz Conditioner——Bar of Soap
- 12oz Body Lotion——-Toothpaste——-Toothbrush
- Nail Polish———Hair Elastics—–Brush
- Wipes——–Cute Pair of Socks—–Chapstick
- Trail Mix—-Feminine Products—–All Items must be full size & new
The Suicide Prevention Panel & Walk of Solidarity
This annual event includes a presentation and discourse from different perspectives on the topic of suicide as it relates to its most at-risk group: teens and young adults. After the opening presentation, a time for Q&A ensues. As the panel wraps up, a self-selected group stays behind to talk more one-on-one with a panelist and the others trek up to the Cross, where a ministry team awaits them. This walk of solidarity is for those affected by suicide, struggling with it or who know someone struggling. The panel will close with a time of prayer around the Cross onsite.
2016 Panel guests include: introduction by SoulFest co-Founder, Dan Russell; Debbie Baird, Community Educator and Support Specialist with National Alliance on Mental Illness (NH); Chad Moses with To Write Love On Her Arms and Nickey Mullen [MA, LMHC, RCST, CEAP, and credentialed for Crisis Care Network].
The proceeds of Bonhoeffer’s Best high altitude gourmet coffee provides Christian homes for orphaned, abandoned, and at risk children. Every Soulfest attendee can support missions simply by choosing “Bonhoeffer’s Best…Coffee with a Cause”, a member of International Orphanage Union (IOU).
For a list of more inspiring vendors & partners onsite at the upcoming festival, click here.