Burnley Pioneer Project
As we look back over the last few months we are thankful for all the great opportunities God has given us to serve the community. Our Messy children’s club is going great with many children attending each week. The children have been learning about Bible characters and enjoying games and craft activities. We have a fabulous team of volunteers who come every week to invest quality time to share the love of Jesus with every child.
The youth club ‘Encounters’ is going very well and the teenagers meet every Thursday evening to play games, catch up and there is always a relevant Christian message. Some of our teens serve at the New Hope service. We have a young lad called Alfie who works the audiovisual equipment each week and it’s been so encouraging to see him grow and develop. He has a servant heart and is becoming more like Jesus each day. We pray this over every young person we have contact with.
The Church celebrated Easter by having a weekend of activities. On Good Friday we had an Easter party for the children this included an Easter egg hunt and telling the children the Easter story. It was a fun packed night and we pray the children will know all that Jesus has done for them and know and experience His love and grace. On the Saturday night there was a film showing for adults of The Passion of the Christ. A group of us gathered in the church and humbly watched the movie, it is hard to watch but it gives us a glimpse of the pain Jesus went through for each of us and helps us to be thankful and remember His suffering, which set us free. We shared an informal communion and remembered Jesus and looked forward to Easter Sunday!!!
On Easter Sunday there was a party at New Hope, the service was a celebration that Christ is risen! After the service we enjoyed bacon butties and games. It was such a blessed weekend and one to put in the diary for next year!!
The church enjoy family nights every few months where we invite families to come and enjoy an evening with tea and family games, We were privileged to have Barry Woodward join us this time to share his amazing story. We started the night with food and a family quiz. Barry then spoke to the adults about how Jesus transforms lives. Six people responded and recommitted or committed their lives to Jesus. This was encouraging as two parents who bring their children to Messy Club accepted Jesus and have come to New Hope ever since. There was also a follow up Bible study the week after to help people understand what it means to follow Jesus and offer support and encouragement. We continue to pray for those six people that they will know the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit as they walk with Jesus. There is a fortnightly Bible study where we can help each other live out the principles of Jesus in community.
We are very excited about all God is doing and continue to seek Him in everything we do. Please pray for this community that it will be a shining light and reach many people for Christ. We are thankful to everyone who gives their time every week to serve and I pray God sends many more people to us.
Jemma Wraight (Circuit Youth Evangelist)
- Circuit Office, Central Methodist Church
- Hargreaves Street
- BB11 1DU