13 July 2023

Riverbank 2023: Enough is enough!

Rachel Gotobed

Three photos show shots from Riverbank 2023. The first shows all the leaders posing for a group photo. The second shows three runners jogging along a path. The third shows two people laughing and acting as part of a comedy show.

Rachel Gotobed reports on the Riverbank Territorial Women’s Conference 2023.

‘It was the best moment in my life,’ said Savrin Kian, an Iranian refugee attending Riverbank for the first time. ‘I could feel God’s presence everywhere and I was given a chance to pray in my mother tongue.’

Themed Enough Is Enough!, the Riverbank Territorial Women’s Conference 2023 explored the truth of God’s limitless grace in these very uncertain days. The event focused on God’s promise that ‘my grace is enough; it’s all you need’ (2 Corinthians 12:9 The Message).

Major David Betteridge (Director of Family Ministries) and Liz Hall (Deputy Director of Family Ministries) hosted the main sessions. During the first session, Major David challenged the conference to live in the truth that God’s grace is all that we need. This set the scene for the other guest speakers – Commissioner Debbie Horwood (IHQ), Tola Doll Fisher (Creative Director and Editor, Woman Alive magazine) and Rachel Turner (author and international speaker) – to take us further into the wonder of God’s amazing grace.

Returning to Riverbank, international worship leaders Lou and Nathan Fellingham led inspiring worship on Friday and Saturday. Sunday morning worship was beautifully led by Riverbank team member Trudy Purkiss. Throughout the weekend there was an overwhelming response as the Spirit of God moved powerfully. The artist for the weekend, Jacqueline Irwin, illustrated the theme with prophetic works of art.

Guests for Saturday night were the Mothers and Daughters Choir and comedian Joy Carter, who helped delegates discover the power of joyfulness and authentic beauty.

Other activities included a Drawing Closer art space, a laughter workshop and Bekah Legg, CEO of Restored, provided an opportunity to learn how to recognise and respond to domestic abuse. Time could also be spent receiving a relaxing facial, visiting a marketplace full of helpful information, resources and interesting things to buy, joining in a run or walk, or simply enjoying a sacred prayer space.

Following the conference, the Family Ministries social media pages were inundated with comments from delegates testifying to the work of God’s grace in their lives.

There are already women asking about when they can book for next year – when the guest speaker will be the Rev Dr Helen Paynter and the theme Truth Be Told. Put 31 May to 2 June 2024 in your diary now, so you will also be able to join us at the Riverbank!

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Rachel Gotobed

Outreach Mission Partner, Family Ministries

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