Nationwide Christian Assets Exhibition postponed to October 2021
This year's national exhibition for Christian resources has been postponed for one year due to the corona virus.
The organizers said that the annual event would now take place from October 12th to 14th, 2021 because of the restrictions on large-scale indoor events.
CRE National is one of the UK's largest annual Christian events, bringing together hundreds of ministries and organizations each year at Sandown Park in Esher, Surrey.
However, this year's exhibition is not completely canceled because the organizers are postponing the planned seminars and discussions online for a virtual CRE. This is accompanied by a handbook listing all the organizations that would have exhibited at the national event.
"Although October is still four months away, we decided earlier than later to make this difficult decision," said event director Brett Pitchfork.
"Even if the state restrictions are lifted, we doubt that enough people will feel safe to attend such an event in the fall.
"We made the decision with a heavy heart, but we believe that it is the responsible thing to do and appreciate the thoughts and prayers of our visitors and exhibitors as we make our way through difficult times."
He added: "We are grateful for the support that CRE has received in this unusual and stressful time, and look forward to playing a role in the procurement of thousands of churches in the coming months and years."
The regional exhibition CRE South West, planned for March 2021, is to continue as planned in Westpoint, Exeter.
"By March next year, we are confident that strict new guidelines will be introduced to ensure adequate protection for all of our visitors and exhibitors," said Pitchfork.
It is the first time in six years that the CRE has come to the southwest. 42 percent of the exhibition space is already fully booked before it is closed.
Rev. Robert Atwell, Bishop of Exeter, welcomed the event to the region.
"A lot has happened at the local church level since the last time CRE was in the southwest," he said.
"There are new worship communities, new leaders, new volunteers taking on important roles – and many exciting projects in our local communities.
"I want to help people get inspired by their beliefs and get the support they need to make a difference. CRE is a great opportunity to access new resources, ideas and practical tools to meet the many challenges of the local service. "