Lisburn GO Week

19 Aug

R.P.C BannerGreetings Readers, i’ve decided that we hear quite a bit about the work of GO Teams, these are great, but a lot of work goes on in congregations across Ireland behind the scenes as numerous GO Weeks go ahead without the need of help from teams. So I thought, where better to start than in Lisburn!

Lisburn GO Week Helpers

Lisburn GO Week Helpers

Our GO Week ran from 9th-14th August, after a questionaire about our last few GO Weeks, a few changes were made to the programme and I think these helped a great deal, it was a refreshing change for the usual helpers who were down all week. Our days ran from 10am to about 8.30pm. The whole week was quite hectic and as a result very tiring but completely worthwhile as I saw many spiritual benefits from the week. Even being in the church all week with mostly the same group of people, greatly enhances the fellowship you share, you get to know your fellow members so much better and all being there for the same purpose was greatly encouraging too.

Our week began with the usual congregational lunch after morning worship on Sabbath, this was a good time of fellowship for the church to enjoy but after it, we recieved a briefing from all the members of the Outreach Committee on the various ministries and activies that will be going on throughout the week. After this, a time of prayer followed which was fantastic as it gives us time, as an entire congregation to bring our prayers and petitions for the week before the Lord.

Congregational Lunch

Me either being highly unimpressed by the quality of soup or quality of Emmaline's company...

Me either being highly unimpressed by the quality of soup or quality of Emmaline's company...

Briefing Meeting for Congregation

Briefing Meeting for Congregation

And so the work began on Monday, each morning, one of the Elders led a Bible Study based on the book by Donald Whitney, ‘Ten Questions to Diagnose your Spiritual Health’, these were very challenging with topics ranging from ‘Thirsting for more of God’, ‘Loving More’ and ‘Concern for others Spiritual and Temporal Needs’. A time of discussion and prayer followed these studies. I really enjoyed this time, it got the day off to the right start, reading from God’s word, discussion, a few challenges for our lives and prayer. I really enjoyed sitting and listening to the thoughts and ideas raised and discussed by every one and especially the older members of our congregation, in particular, Mrs. Leahy (see the Moderator’s Diary) who has such a vast knowledge of the word of God and brought forward many thought provoking questions and statements during the studies. After this, a time of coffee, pancakes and shortbread was provided before the helpers headed down to our Bible Club in the morning. Later on in the week, this was especially appreciated!

Coffee Time

Coffee Time!

Coffee Time!

Our Holiday Bible Club ran from Monday-Friday and a decision was made to hold it in the local school rather than in the church, this way, it was closer to a lot more homes, but also I think parents perhaps felt more comfortable bringing their children to the school and we had great numbers, i’m told an average of 51.8 over the 5 days?! Mostly every one was well behaved as lots of games, singing, lessons, memory verses, craft and quizes were carried out. Our lessons during the week were based on the ‘Wordless Book’ which contained no words or pictures but only colours, each of the colours represented a different theme, (for example, Black was Sin, Red was Christ’s death, Green was Growth.) This worked well as by the end of the week, most of the kids were able to remember the story based on the colours.

Bible Club Story

Enjoying the school's playground

Enjoying the school's playground

At the end of the week, Clare decided that never again, she would ever make up actions to Psalm Choruses on the spot...

At the end of the week, Clare decided that never again, she would ever make up actions to Psalm Choruses on the spot...

Robbie and William try out their own craft

Robbie and William try out their own craft

This wasn't during my Lesson!!

This wasn't during my Lesson!!

Dad deep in prayer during Mum's Memory Verse....

Dad deep in prayer during Mum's Memory Verse....

Pre-Talk Nerves?

Pre-talk Nerves?

Debbie using me as an illustration?

Debbie trying to impersonate me as a baby.

On Monday afternoon, the church had a brilliant, brand new idea of having a Fun Day at the church for the local community to come along and enjoy. We had various games around the site of the church, both inside and out, both wet and dry, it was fantastic, we had around 50 young people attending this, along with many parents, it was so encouraging to see, in Lisburn, many would see church as completely irrelevant to them, not even seeing it as a tradition to go along on a Sabbath, so to see so many on the church site and having fun there was fantastic. The kids were able to run round and try any games they wanted, prizes were distributed for the highest scoring kids in each game. Unfortunately due to all the Child Protection issues there aren’t many photo’s I can use of all the different activites but hope you get a good grasp of how awesome it was any way!

Gregg was clearly missing Gregg's Games...

Gregg was clearly missing Gregg's Games...

Michelle in Action

Unfortunately...my game was quite popular...

Unfortunately...my game was quite popular...

Hoola Hoops

When Debbie swapped with me, we bent the rules a wee bit...

When Debbie swapped with me, we bent the rules a wee bit...

Tuesday went much the same, another good turn out at the Bible Club in the morning, then we really got stuck into the Leaflet Distribution in the afternoon, we covered many areas in Lisburn, giving out bookmarks which were invites to our next 6 Guest Services, all on the last 6 Commandments, which are all to do with both God and Man. Pray that there will be a good response to these and that the people’s consciences will be pricked. During the week we covered about 6000 houses, it was a great effort considering the amount of hands we had, hopefully there will be some fruit for our labours. Tuesday afternoon was also set aside for the Caring Ministry, this is a vital activity which was organised very well, a few people were set aside to go along and visit some of the more elderly in the congregation who can’t make it out to church any more, a few Nursing Homes were visited and time was set aside for us to just chat to the old people and there was a short epilogue along with a few musical performances.

Jeff sorting out the distribution

Jeff sorting out the distribution

Dr. McCollum started night-shifts during the week, I think it was getting to her....

Dr. McCollum started night-shifts during the week, I think it was getting to her....

Lunch Time!

Lunch Time!

Girls chilling on the steps

Girls chilling on the steps

Dad getting schooled...

Dad getting schooled...

Blowing off some steam during time off
Debbie the Distributor

Debbie the Distributor...

Debbie the Dinosaur

Debbie the Dinosaur

In the evenings, there were two ministries going on, most people went on Door to Door around the immediate area of housing around the church, challenging people about life after death and their views towards God’s word. There was also a very cunning move by the Outreach Committee as the other people who weren’t on Door to Door went to other areas of housing near the church to do Door to Door disguised as Leaflet/CD Distribution. This was brilliant as the people on Leaflets had to knock on doors and personally invite the people to the next series of Guest Services while also trying to give out a free CD of our last Guest Service on the 4th Commandment. It was great for both young and older people in the congregation to get more used to talking to people on the doors and generally every one was encouraged by their experiences. However, with Tom away for a week on the Ballylagan Relief Team, I had no partner in crime, however, I had one replacement in mind, and with one phone call and after a rousing “GO ON?!” Tim was there!! Tim wasn’t really bothered by the usual problem he has at large RP events as the congregation didn’t seem to accept the fact that Tom had left and called Tim, Tom for most of the week any way. And luckily, as soon as he arrived, we got McDonalds for lunch after the kids club that day.

Apparently the attendant was a bit shocked by the amount ordered

Apparently the attendant was a bit shocked by the amount ordered

I know you're all thinking it but i'm not putting it as a caption...

I know you're all thinking it but i'm not putting it as a caption...

The McDonald's Advertising Team was clearly thinking about Pete F

The McDonald's Advertising Team was clearly thinking about Pete F

Isobell was also getting stuck in

Isobel was also getting stuck in

That night we had our annual Lisburn R.P.C Football Match down at Ferris Park in Dromore. The team line up as always were the Elders and Deacons vs. the Rest, it was a pretty great game, good quality all round and generally good craic which was always the main idea as we blew off a bit of steam during our busy week. Some Dromore blow ins were also called upon as the Elders and Deacons were a bit short on numbers. The final score was 4-4 which pretty much reflected the game. James was very sporting during the game and decided that he’d only let Lisburn people score so he kindly blasted over a number of times from close range.

Some of the interesting warm up rountines

Some of the interesting warm up rountines

Good Skill

Pulled off some pretty good saves!

Despite looking the wrong way, he pulled off some good saves!

Points for effort...

Points for effort...

When Thursday came around, it was time for another new challenge for Lisburn, the Outreach Committee had planned for a free car wash to take place in the car park while a Book Fair took place inside where the visitors came and got some free coffee and tea while browsing the books that had been provided by the Bookshop. A grand total of £161 of books were sold during this so it was a great success, a number of the ladies also got chatting to the visitors so the day was fantastic. The Car Wash also turned out very well, in total, we washed 32 cars, 10 of those were people from the community who went inside to view the books, and 1 tractor. There was a great team of helpers, it was all good craic and we formed a pretty good team, we left signs on some of the congregation members cars to let them know it was theres because we did such a good job on their cars!

Directing

Tim looking as cheerful as ever...

Tim looking as cheerful as ever...

Debbie's Car Sign

Initially we thought Gregg was joking...

Initially we thought Gregg was joking...

But we all got stuck in

But we all got stuck in

Interesting messages were found in some people's cars

Interesting messages were found in some people's cars

Sweet Ride

Sweet Ride

We decided Hannah smelt a wee bit

We decided Hannah smelt a wee bit

Car Wash Team

Car Wash Team

And so by Friday, I think it was fair to say that every one was pretty shattered, we’d enjoyed a great week and it was all going to be topped off by the BBQ on Friday night (after a fairly thorough clean up of the church during the afternoon), the deacons and ladies served up a great feast and there was a great number in the church from the community too, I think some of the older folks were shocked by so many crazy kids running about the place. So every ate untill they were full and good company was enjoyed. Pray that these young families who we’ve come into contact with remain for further Bible Schools and hopefully will join our Sabbath School and CY.

Later on during Friday night, Debbie gave a photo presentation on all the things we’d got up to during the week. A gift presentation was also made to Debbie who had been with us as a worker for some time, i’d just like to thank Debbie for all the hard work she put in during her time with us, she was fantastic in all the ministries she was taking part in and made an impact in so many people’s lives. Remember Debbie in your prayers as she heads off to Sudan to work with the Cush for Christ programme untill December.

And so the 2009 GO Week at Lisburn drew to a close, a fantastic week with many great memories. Hope you’ve gained a little insight into what goes on during a church-run GO Week, and maybe a better look in to what Lisburn is like as a congregation. Hope you’ve enjoyed. Stay tuned on Another King for more fantastic reports of GO Teams from across the country coming soon.

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3 Responses to “Lisburn GO Week”

  1. Andy August 19, 2009 at 1:35 pm #

    Good report Ali..sounds like it was a great week.

    Loving the fact Gregg’s game is right beside one of those danger of death signs..!

  2. skills August 19, 2009 at 2:19 pm #

    Good work lad, really good report sorry i missed most of it…but was lovin bein able to read up about it
    gud stuff!!

  3. andrew August 23, 2009 at 4:33 pm #

    that was a long read, but sounds like a good week lad

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