Young people from in and around Lisburn took part in the Street Reach Lisburn project which ran from April 12-14.
Co-ordinated by Matt Craig, Youth Director at First Lisburn Presbyterian Church, this year’s event was run by members of Lisburn Christian Youth Leaders’ Forum and wassupported by young people from 15 local churches.
The theme was ‘…what matters is faith expressing itself through love’ (Galations 5:6) and the three days of practical expression of the Christian faith through love included street parties, children’s clubs, games, painting, gardening, rubbish clearing, car washes, etc. Everything was completely free of charge.
Participants met each morning at Lisburn Cathedral for prayer, worship and inspirational teaching before dividing into four teams for community work in Hillhall, Knockmore, Lambeg and Lisburn City Centre.
On Thursday and Friday they met at Railway Street Presbyterian Church at about 4.30pm, returning home after food, fellowship and fun.
On the Saturday night more than 200 young people attended a barbeque and concert in Lisburn City Centre, featuring ‘Reed Star,’ a Christian band from Emmanuel Church, Lurgan and Portadown DJ, Jonto. People from the areas that the teams had worked in were invited to this closing event and following the concert the entire Street Reach team enjoyed a celebration party in Lisburn Cathedral.
The churches represented included Lisburn Cathedral, St Paul’s, St Columba’s and Moira Parish.