Download 2024 is fast approaching. 

The  festival organisers have invited the chaplains ministry to attend this year's event, which promises to be an exiciting time.  You can remind yoursef what went on last year with the ministry in the notes below.  Watch out for the update following this years event. Please pray for the ministry team  and for all those attending the festival.

                         What happened last Year?

Open air Holy Communion shared at the Download heavy rock festival at Donnington Park - Good News Story

The Community Church joined with the other churches in Castle Donington to provide ministry at the Download Music festival again and 2023 proved to be the best so far.

This year some thirty people signed up to be Chaplains at the annual heavy rock festival held at Donington Park in Castle Donington. The ministry (now in its third year) began after Roy Monks the local Baptist Minister and Senior Chaplain at the nearby East Midlands Airport was asked to a joint management team meeting between the two organisations in Donington 

Download 2023 

The results speak for themselves with so many from the 100,000 attending asking for prayer, help and ministry through the myriad of encounters that took place across the site. This year management gave us a proper tent in the main arena and we were even marked on the site map with a cross. The tent soon became known as " The Jesus Tent" probably because a banner proclaiming " Jesus Light of the World " was positioned over the entrance. Rock fans even took photographs of it and also posed with some of the chaplains.

Download 2023 the crowd

On the Sunday morning a communion service with a simple gospel message was organised in the open air at the back of the tent with a good number of people attending. This was definitely a first in the 20-year history of Download and a seminal moment on the Donington Park site. We may not be Metalica, the headliners this year, but we certainly made a joyful, helpful and hopeful sound for the Lord.

Download 2023 Roy with volunteer
If this is something you might feel God is calling you to next year, where we have already been promised a bigger tent, then don't hesitate to get in touch. There is still so much more to do in the developing area of vital ministry.