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04 July 2013

3,000 young people to gather for gospel

3,000 young people to gather for gospel

Three thousand young people from different racial, cultural and denominational backgrounds are expected to converge on Birmingham for the seventh annual Midnight Oil Summit conference, 18-20 July

The huge three-day non-denominational BME youth gathering takes place in three famous landmarks in the city: Birmingham Conservatoire, the world famous Symphony Hall and Centenary Square.

Midnight Oil Summit delegates will enjoy a wide range of activities, including the first ever live recording of a gospel album at the world famous Symphony Hall, profiling artists including gospel group Seth and ANT.

Special guests contributing to the event will be MOBO award winner Jahaziel, National Day of Prayer Convener Pastor Jonathan Oloyede, singer Philippa Hanna, praise and worship artist Noel Robinson, Andy Hawthorne, founder of the Message Trust, and many more.

Seth PinnockThe event was conceived in 2006 by a 16-year-old college student who worked at Asda. He wanted to see young people enhance and develop their Christian faith. The first summit took place in 2007, attracting 500 people, as a result of his fundraising activities.

Other highlights include the Midnight Oil street party in Centenary Square featuring dance performances, choirs and a picnics; Futurebuilders – a reception for younger leaders; gender specific conferences dealing with issues including sex and relationships and the debut performance of the Alpha Orchestra.

Seth Pinnock, now 23, continues to host the event and is cited as "a young leader to watch" by the creators of the Black Power List and the youngest person to ever book the Symphony Hall. Seth has a degree in architecture, runs several companies, including clothing company Kingdom Boy; is part of a gospel group called Seth & ANT; is the youth representative on the Council of Black-Led Churches; recently appointed regional director for The Message Trust and is an ambassador for Compassion UK.

"The Midnight Oil Summit aims to show young people that Christianity is exciting and relevant and has something to say about all areas of their lives," said Seth.

"Young people won't leave the same as when they arrived. They'll be stretched, encouraged and equipped to meet the challenges of life, to make a difference and also get the opportunity to meet fellow believers from different Christian traditions and countries.

"We have brought together some of the UK's leading Christian speakers, teachers and artists to inspire, empower and motivate people to be the best they can be, live the best lives they can and be agents of positive change and social transformation in their communities."

For tickets for the Midnight Oil Summit, at only £20, visit www.midnightoilsummit.org or call 0121 345 0600