Come With An Open Mind

Come With An Open Mind

A guest blog from our sponsor Christian Connection 

It’s a cliché, but for good reason. It’s important to come to the weekend with the desire and mindset that you want to meet someone new. Fix this in your mind, send up a prayer and then look for opportunities to connect. Serendipity strikes when we least expect it, but you can be on the lookout.

Break out of your comfort zone

Greenbelt is a great place to challenge yourself, whether it’s preconceived ideas about theology, art or politics. Don’t stick to the same group of people all weekend. Challenge yourself to talk to someone whilst standing in the queue for a talk, the toilets or a food van. Spot someone on their own? Invite them to join you.


Remember this year is all about the common good, so keep an eye out for others. Help someone put up their tent. Share your umbrella (or sunscreen!) Offer a spare seat, poncho or cuppa to a neighbour and see where the conversation takes you.

Create opportunities to meet others

The Jesus Arms is a great place to catch up with old friends. If you spot someone you know, ask them to introduce you to others in the group that you don’t know already. Volunteering is also a great way to meet new people over a shared interest. And of course, you could always pop along to one of our events 🙂

Find a common connection

Here’s a useful tip when striking up a conversation with someone new. Within 5 minutes, see if you can discover a mutual friend or place. With only six degrees of separation between us (and arguably fewer in the Christian world), it shouldn’t take long to find a common connection.

Greenbelt is a fantastic place to open up to new ideas, experiences and people. Join us at one of our social events over the weekend.

  • Social drinks for single Greenbelters Saturday 7pm, inside The Jesus Arms
  • Communion meetup for anyone on their own Sunday 10am, at Glade Big Top (meet outside The Jesus Arms)
  • OuterSpace LGBTQ social drinks Sunday 7pm, inside The Jesus Arms

You can find full details of all our events in the Festival Guide. Look out for our flags and umbrellas on site. 

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