Street Church blog - a flavour of our each activities each week

Sunday 7th May

A beautiful sunny afternoon heralded a sunny atmosphere inside as well as outside Mount Pleasant Church. It's often the case that fewer guests attend when it is warm outside; not so today, 60+ came. It's always popular when the cupboard is open and plenty of clothes etc were sorted and given out by the "A Team". The food looked really good and was provided by Kingdom Life Church - thank you!

It was encouraging that one of the visitors from St Peter's Church, who came last week to see what goes on, decided to return as a volunteer this week. We really hope that she decides to come on a regular basis.

Thought for the day involved the participation of one of the regulars at Street Church, who proved to be a real star. The topic was "Do you realise how special you are?" By the end of the talk many of the listeners were joining in with her responses and she received a great round of applause from her friends.The answer to the question is, of course, that if Jesus was willing to die for her then she must be someone very special indeed!

One of the helpers had put some of her favourite leaflets out on the tables before the guests arrived: they happened to be identical to those that the speaker had planned to give out, a really affirming "coincidence".

Next week Emmanuel Church will be catering. Apologies if there is no blog next week, but normal service will be resumed the following week!

Thank you for all that you do. We really value your prayerful support. May The Lord richly bless you.

For more information about Street Church and how you can get involved, click here to go to our website.

Wishing you God's richest blessings,
The Street Church team

Sunday 30th April

About 60 friends gathered for a great meal this afternoon. One of the guests said how much she enjoyed it and there was very little left on the plates with plenty to take home afterwards -a very good sign.

We were really grateful to have four young people from St. Peter's Church in Weston Favell who had come with Richard to help with catering, but also as observers to see what goes on and perhaps prospective volunteers - that would be so good! One of the visitors commented on the lovely atmosphere. There were some helpful conversations taking place too.

The cupboard wasn't officially open but we were able to distribute basic clothing and plenty of toiletries thanks to your generosity.

Richard provided the music and Paul the "Thought for the Day". As usual this was well received and was an encouraging message for all present. Please pray that his words will be remembered and that they will change people's lives.

Please continue to pray for the work. We are always grateful for all that you do in so many ways. Next week Kingdom Life Church will be catering for us.

May The Lord richly bless you all,

For more information about Street Church and how you can get involved, click here to go to our website.

Wishing you God's richest blessings,
The Street Church team

Sunday 23rd April

Life doesn't always go the way you plan.

This was the Thought for the Day from Liam of Potter's House. His text came from Deuteronomy 15:11. Those gathered listened attentively and applauded his message. Please pray that the words spoken will be understood and bear fruit. As well as spiritual food Potters House also did the catering, with enough left for large goody bags to take home.

Clothes were in demand and the A team did a sterling job of sorting and distributing the donations. The bottled water and toiletries were as popular as ever, though one or two male guests thought the packaging a bit too feminine for their liking, perhaps it was the flower patterns on the bags which can be easily rectified.One lady was thrilled to be given a Bible which she promised to read regularly.The smile on
her face said it all.

Please continue to pray for Paul in his leadership role as he faces the many challenges that Street Church poses on a weekly basis. Above all, please pray that the aims of Street Church are met in the fulfillment of spiritual as well as social needs; so that lives will be changed and God will be glorified as our friends find new life, peace and fulfillment in the saving grace of Easter.

Next week St Peters Weston Favell will be catering.

Wishing you every Blessing in the week ahead.

For more information about Street Church and how you can get involved, click here to go to our website.

Wishing you God's richest blessings,
The Street Church team

Sunday 16th April

The ever popular pampering session went well again today. We are so grateful for our pampering team who give up their time on a Sunday afternoon. The next pampering session is on Sunday 21st May.

Lots of good humour today and it was a generally busy afternoon. There are always new faces and alongside that there are those that are missed when they are not there. It seems that although some of the same folk attend both the Sunday Street Church and the Tuesday evening drop-in sessions, there are also many who attend one and not the other. This shows just how many in total attend. So many chaotic lives gathered together and very much family. I have no concept of a way of life that isolates from society those who so need to feel accepted. An outstretched hand of friendship can make such a difference to someones life. So many more would love to have a foot spa but are too embarrassed to remove their footwear. In many ways society as a whole is reluctant to show a side to the world that is embarrassing to them as they feel the need to look good in front of others. Sadly this denies them comfort and a feeling of well being. Jesus would have no problem with washing their feet, as we know!

Lots of clothes were gratefully received but as always jeans are much sought after and in demand and we are always happy to receive them.

I said recently that on the odd occasion when I feel that it may be time for me to move on from working with the homeless and vulnerable in our town, God always says the exact opposite. I am thankful for that as I would so miss my extended family!

Thanking the Salvation Army East very much for catering today. Next week Dick and Sue will be singing for us and Mount Zion will be catering.

For more information about Street Church and how you can get involved, click here to go to our website.

Wishing you God's richest blessings,
The Street Church team

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