Thursday, 23 June 2011

Loving Birmingham

During the past week I have been so fortunate to be a small part of an initiative called Loving Birmingham.  This was a joint initiative between Kings Christian Centre (Birmingham) and CrossWay Church (Pittsburgh).
Before half term I received a ‘random’ email from Kirk the pastor at Kings Church to see if we would be interested in the team from America serving us in anyway.
We settled on doing a series of assemblies on the theme of “the real High School musical”

We wanted to share with the students a sense of the struggles and challenges that are common to students in both the UK and US.

Chris the Pastor from Pittsburgh presented a high energy message supported with a superb video produced by staff at Mars High School.

The feedback from the students was really positive and a number of students came back and attended the youth event on Friday night.
In addition to the assemblies I was invited to the final evening celebration at Kings Christian Centre on Sunday evening.  This was a really enjoyable service and it was such as pleasure sharing this time with the team. 

What have I got from the experience?
It was great meeting Christians from the US and seeing how they respond to the love of Jesus practically in their lives. I was really struck by the amount of planning and prayer that went into this mission trip.  The team spent a lot of time in preparation and reflection through journalling the experience and I do think that God’s hand really has been on this journey.

I look forward to being able to get to know Kirk more and be able to work with him again at school.

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