A History of Spree SW
Spree South West is run by Urban Saints and SWYM (South West Youth Ministries). Urban Saints had successfully run Spree SE in Kent for a couple of years and approached SWYM about partnering together to launch a similar event at Bruton, Somerset in 2003. Spree SW then moved to Taunton for a few years before moving to Shobrooke Park in Crediton for the last 8 years where we have seen it grow tremendously. As a result of this growth, we are excited to be moving Spree SW to Westpoint near Exeter, the home of the Devon County Show.
Since 2003, Spree SW has grown from a small camp for a handful of groups with around 200-300 in attendance to a regional event for around 1500 - with groups coming from as far as Falmouth, Bournemouth and Swindon. As the event has developed over the years, the spiritual programme has grown to cover 5 venues for different age groups and levels of spiritual engagement. This means that the event is suitable for all children and young people, wherever they are on their faith journey.
About Urban Saints
Jesus calls us to share the Gospel and make disciples, and that is what Urban Saints is all about.
For over 100 years, Urban Saints (formerly Crusaders) has primarily been reaching out to young people who are not part of the local church. Hundreds of thousands of children and young people have been contacted through our local groups, camps and overseas trips, and many have found faith and started the lifelong journey of discipleship. We are passionate to see young people develop their God-given gifts and abilities and in particular we encourage the development of leadership potential so that the baton of faith can be passed to the next generation.
We are developing a new strategy that takes us back to our roots. Our DNA and methods still lie within the century-old story of passionate volunteer leaders gathering young people into local outreach groups which provide a really welcoming place for them to meet with their friends each week, enjoy loads of new everyday adventures together, go on memorable camps and trips and experience the life-changing journey of following Jesus whatever their starting point.
Our vision and passion is that every child and young person in the South West would encounter Jesus, know him, and make a choice to live for more.
As we work and pray towards this vision, our main strategy is to place trainee children and youth workers with churches, local ministries and schools-work projects throughout the region. We also resource local churches with training events, residentials and leadership development opportunities for young people.
SWYM work with local partners to put positive Christian role models wherever children and young people are. We want to reach out to those who don’t know Jesus and share the love of God with them. We also want to see young people become Christians and then encourage them to be a shining light where they are.
We now also offer opportunities to engage in missional leadership in settings around the South West for those with a heart for community transformation. We are excited about seeing how we might resource local churches to reach out to their community in new ways.