4 July 2022

Riverbank Women's Conference: 'All I can say is wow!'

Rachel Gotobed

Women worshipping at Riverbank
Worship at Riverbank Women's Conference
Under the new name Riverbank, the rebranded Women and God weekend offered women of all ages the opportunity to come together to encounter God in worship, engage in Christian teaching and explore their God-given potential, writes Outreach Mission Partner (Family Ministries) Rachel Gotobed.

Taking the theme Just Imagine!, its purpose was to lead Christian women to imagine or re-imagine what God wants to accomplish through them in the 21st century.

The weekend was hosted by the director and deputy director of Family Ministries, Major David Betteridge and Liz Hall, at Warwich University from Friday 10 to Sunday 12 June. Speakers included Director of Anti-Trafficking and Modern Slavery Major Kathy Betteridge, Bekah Legg, the CEO of Christian domestic abuse charity Restored, and Rachel Turner, founder of Parenting for Faith.

Worship leader Lou Fellingham, supported by her husband, Nathan, led the inspiring sung worship on the Friday and Saturday, and their band joined them in leading a praise party on Saturday evening.

Swan Bank Gospel Choir leader Trudy Purkiss led worship on Sunday, which included testimony in word and song by Megane Moki (Birmingham Citadel).

Lou Fellingham leading worship
Lou Fellingham leads worship
Delegates talk at Riverbank 2022
Delegates at Riverbank Women's Conference 2022

Other highlights of the weekend included a beautiful prayer space, artwork created to reflect the weekend, a workshop led by Gilly Parish (Sale) and a PechaKucha session where five amazing women shared their personal stories of God doing more than they could have thought or imagined. There were also opportunities to join in challenges and raise funds for the Helping-Hand Appeal, receive a relaxing facial and visit a marketplace full of information, resources and things to buy.

Attendees described the event using recurring words such as ‘relevant’, ‘inspiring’, ‘real’, ‘uplifting’, ‘nourishing’, ‘encouraging’ and ‘wonderful’.

The Riverbank team
Major David Betteridge (front left) and the Riverbank team

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Rachel Gotobed

Outreach Mission Partner (Family Ministries)

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