The Winter Glory Women’s Conference has grown out of the annual women’s day at the church of Christ the King in Kettering (ctk.org.uk). After three years in the church we felt the Lord was telling us to “give it away” to the wider church. We had always had women from other churches attending, but this was to be for everyone. In recent years, we have been amazed by the wide range of churches, denominations, and geographical locations represented among our conference guests. Right from our first event in church we have always started with a team day of prayer, in which we have sought God’s plans for the day and then all the shaping of the conference has sprung from that time.
Our aim has been to glorify the Lord and to encourage his daughters in every way that we could – making them feel welcomed, loved and valued. Thoughtfully decorated spaces, free magazines and bible notes, little gifts and a whole team of “smiley ladies”, along with the opportunity to take time out to listen to God and worship him – we aim to pour out love over our guests, as a reflection of God’s love. The Lord has provided amazingly to enable us to run the conference, and each time the women attending have given generously to the offering too, so we have been able to donate over £12,000 to charities.
In 2013 the conference moved to Kettering Conference Centre, unknowingly fulfilling a prophecy given fourteen years earlier, that what was then purely a sports centre would one day host large Christian conferences. In 2018, we launched our first additional venue, with a conference also taking place at St George’s Church in Stamford. Each year we have had amazing speakers, fantastic musicians leading times of sung worship, and wonderful prayer spaces. Over the years, we have also had a range of seminar options to choose from, craft workshops, spaces for reflection, charity information stands, and retail stands selling fairtrade goods, inspirational jewellery and gifts, and Christian books.
In 2019 and 2020 our journey continued, the Kettering conference moved to a new venue at Kettering Buccleuch Academy, and we were encouraged that there was a new Winter Glory conference venue at Holy Trinity Church in Leicester. These events continued to encourage and bless women from all around the East Midlands.
It is with great regret that due to the Covid pandemic we are obliged to cancel the Winter Glory 2021 live event. We considered an online version, but it seemed to us that the essence of Winter Glory is engaging with God in the moment through live worship, live fellowship and a day away from routine.
So we look forward with faith and hope to when we can gather again for a live event together….Watch this space….