Each year Ballyclabber RP Church (near Coleraine, on the North coast of Ireland) sets one week of the year aside and designates it ‘Outreach Week’. After ‘Outreach Week’ this year, we asked them to fill us in on what exactly they do, and how it is received by the community.
“Each morning we met as a congregation for a time of Bible study and prayer, concentrating on how we might present the gospel in different situations, looking at how Paul approached different groups in Acts. After some much needed coffee, we headed out around the town delivering 6000 leaflets with an article written by our Pastor. Included in the leaflet was an invitation to a special worship service we were having at the end of the month.
On the Thursday afternoon, we headed into Coleraine town centre and held a time of Open Air Psalm singing. This gave an opportunity to present the gospel during the psalm introductions. Unfortunately the rain came on at one point but we were able to return later to sing for a second time.
For the first time we ventured to hold a Family Fun Day and BBQ on Saturday 19th. This proved to be a great success and we had over 120 people on our church premises! This provided an opportunity to get alongside people and build firmer relationships with families known to the congregation. Pray that there would be fruit continuing to come from this time of outreach in the life of our church.”
Winter is setting in, but many congregations are already starting to fill in the events calendar for next year, perhaps this is one idea you could try out in your home congregation? If your church has been involved in any different types of outreach we’d love to hear about them! Tell us what worked and what didn’t. That’s one great benefit of being part of a worldwide church, we have so many people to learn from and so much experience to draw on!