We know things are far from ‘usual’ at the moment and yet, we’re asking you to book for Sligo21 as if it were a normal year.

We don’t want anyone to miss out on the Super Early Rate ending on the 30 November, but we know some of you have important questions you need answered before you feel able to commit, and hope the following FAQs will help.

In short, we remain committed to gathering together next summer but are planning for a number of potential scenarios.

We won’t know exactly which one we’ll need until we get there, but we promise to keep you informed as things progress.

Your Questions Answered

What is the current plan?
We’re planning and preparing in faith that we’ll be gathering in Sligo in July 2021.  We are also taking our moral and ethical obligations seriously.  The safety of those attending, our volunteers, contractors, staff and wider IT Sligo staff is a top priority.  We have a fantastic relationship with IT Sligo and will continue to work closely with them over the coming months as the picture becomes (hopefully), clearer.

What if there are restrictions on gatherings?
Our planning for Sligo21 includes contingency plans for gathering on a smaller scale, using the venues available, layouts and programme structure to enable social distancing.  These plans will continue to evolve over the next few months.  If we have to limit capacity, we will firstly write to all those already booked to explain the options available.

If there are restrictions on gatherings, will the conference be ‘live streamed’?
If we do have to restrict numbers for Sligo21, part of the proposed contingency plans includes a ‘digital ticket’ – providing access to the conference through live streaming.

What if we have another lockdown?
We’re so grateful for the feedback we received after Sligo20 Online.  If that’s the only way we’re allowed to gather next summer, then we’ll do that again and we’ll be ministered to in homes and gardens.

Can I get a refund if Sligo21 can’t go ahead?
If we can’t go ahead as hoped and planned, then we’ll offer you the option of:

1) Carrying your ticket over to Sligo22*
2) Canceling and applying for a refund (minus a £10 per adult ticket admin fee**)
3) Accessing our digital event for a reduced ticket cost***

*If you transfer your booking, you will be offered a discounted digital ticket
**Our usual cancellation fee is £25, however this has been reduced to reflect the current global situation.
**If you transfer from a conference ticket to a digital ticket, you will be refunded the full amount you’ve paid, less the discounted digital ticket cost – you will not be charged the admin fee.

What if I change my mind?
If you need to cancel your booking for any reason, simply email us before 30th April 2021 and any fees paid will be refunded, less the £10 per adult ticket admin fee.  If you need to cancel after the 30th April 2021 for reasons outside of your control (e.g. illness, the need to isolate or travel restrictions) and can provide suitable evidence (e.g. a doctor’s certificate), please email us as soon as possible and we will do all we can to offer you a refund.

Is New Wine Ireland financially stable?
We are so grateful to the individuals, churches and trusts who support New Wine Ireland and we are glad to confirm that our financial position is stable at the moment.  We have ring-fenced all the funds we have received for Sligo21 bookings and have enough in our general account for our running costs.

Does New Wine Ireland still need donations?
New Wine Ireland is always dependent upon donations and this year is no different.  Although people pay a ticket price for many of our events, we always try to keep costs as low as possible to try to make sure no-one is excluded.  These events cover their costs, but we still need donations to be able to serve and support local churches across this island.  These donations generally come from local churches, individuals who give via a monthly standing order and grants from charitable trusts.

One way we have minimised our costs is by not filling vacant staff posts during the six months of the pandemic. We are so grateful to George Newell who has single-handedly kept everything going, with support from some kind friends and volunteers.  But as we ramp up plans for 2021 that will inevitably increase our costs and we would be so grateful for any donations and gifts to help meet these costs.

Read more about how you can help support New Wine Ireland here.

We continue to pray for you, our New Wine family, in these uncertain times – that you would know God’s peace, blessing and guidance.

Have a question we haven’t answered?
We are here to answer any other questions you may have, so please do email us at info@newwineireland.org.