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What is Joel's Bar?

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Joel's Bar is the young adults ministry of CELEBRATE Trust which has run Catholic Charismatic events for the last 28 years serving those in Year 12-25 years!

 

At Joel’s Bar (JB) we are passionate about seeing young people inspired and equipped to live an authentic Christian life in the power of the Holy Spirit. We long for all young people to realise their call to live in a relationship with a loving God. We offer a space for young adults to encounter the living God and explore their faith in an environment that is built on community and fellowship. We believe there is something for everyone at JB with our timetable made up of various ways to engage both with God and each other. This includes the sacraments, Praise and Worship, Prayer ministry, personal prayer, small  group discussion, workshops, sports, evenings of entertainment and lots of time to socialise and build community in our Cafe and Bar!

Whether you’ve been to JB before or not, part of a CathSoc or Christian Union, diocesan youth team or youth group coming with friends, family or coming alone, we can't wait to see you!

Why are we called Joel’s Bar?

For many years before Joel’s Bar became its own event, we were the eldest youth stream of a huge family conference in Devon called CELEBRATE. The people that started this stream prayed about what God was saying to the young people and received the awesome prophecy of Joel. This scriture promises that God will pour His spirit out upon ALL flesh and young and old alike will have dreams and visions full of God's glory. (Joel 2:28-29) This powerful promise is also mentioned in Acts 2 when Peter is preaching at Pentecost. JB has therefore always been marked by the power of the Holy Spirit and we know that we are called to be set apart as His people with His vision.

 

So why the 'bar'? Quite simply the first JB was held in a bar! Whilst we're now based in a School we still have our bar in the evening in keeping with our name

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                                          What to expect.

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Throughout the week at Joel's Bar we unpack the theme of the conference with speakers, and allow a time to reflect and pray into what God is speaking to us about, both individually and as a JB family. 

 

Whether it be through daily mass, inspiring talks or extended periods of praise and worship, through the creativity of art and dance, through a bake-a-cake workshop or a football tournament, we aim to build relationship with God and with others. 

Fellowship and conversation is really important at Joel's Bar so we make sure there is plenty of opportunity for socialising and discussion. The JB Café is open most of the day for coffee catch ups, whilst in the evening the Bar opens up and The Fringe social evenings begin.

 

So if you've never been before you are warmly welcomed to come on the journey with us for the first time this April. If you've been to JB - we'd love for you to come again! Everybody is welcome to join us and be renewed and empowered so that we might return to help transform our towns and villages, our communities, our place of study and work for the glory of Jesus.

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Testimony.

Joel’s Bar has had a profound impact on my faith, and in a broader sense, my life too. It was my first encounter with the charismatic renewal, and I instantly felt at home. To be surrounded by people on similar journeys to mine was really encouraging, and I felt supported as my faith grew. 
Before I started attending JB I’d never received prayer ministry, or experienced the gifts of the Spirit. This has grown to be something I really cherish and look forward to, as I know i have friends who are ready to pray for me when I need it. I’ve discovered new ways to encounter Jesus and pray in my own everyday life, and I’ve made friends who understand what it is to live a life for God. 

 

During the Pandemic Joel’s Bar was held virtually, and this provided an opportunity to participate from our own homes. I wasn’t sure how this would feel, as the atmosphere in person usually contributes to the impact. I didn’t need to worry though, as the week proved to be a fantastic experience. The speakers and workshops were lively and engaging, and the prayer was just as powerful! Despite joining through a computer screen I didn’t particularly feel the “Zoom doom”, I came away feeling uplifted and refreshed. 
JB has grown into a really important part of my life. I’m so grateful for the experiences I’ve had so far, and will continue to have in the future.