Connor’s Church Army Evangelists Karen Webb and Stephen Whitten outline the fantastic work being carried out in the Shankill area and other parts of the diocese in their latest Connect Base Newsletter.
They focus on the projects that are making a difference to people’s lives, and the importance of the relationships they have established, providing the opportunity to ‘share Jesus and make disciples while building God’s Kingdom here.’
The Newsletter highlights how Baby Basics Belfast is supporting young families, including one young mum who was having to let her baby sleep in a drawer and another who couldn’t take her child out as she had no pram.
Stephen and Karen say they have been greatly encourage by the donations made to the project from across the diocese, and by the help of the volunteers Heather Gibson, and new volunteer Ruth Santos.
The TLG (Transforming Lives for Good) project now has 15 mentors working with young people at risk of being excluded from school in two post primary schools in the area. Karen and Stephen are now in conversation with other churches in the diocese interested in introducing TLG into their schools.
The Centre of Mission ran an Alpha Course in Bushmills Primary School last autumn and are soon to start one in the Mid Belfast Rural Deanery which covers the Shankill area.
“It is such an amazing tool to use with people and what a joy to see people discuss their faith questions, perhaps for the first time in their lives,” they say.
Karen and Stephen say they have also been very encouraged by the number of people coming into Connect Base seeking help. “Every conversation was a God moment and we rejoice in each person and opportunity,” they write in the Newsletter.
The Newsletter ends with prayer requests, and details of how readers can sign up to financially support this important work being carried out in Connor Diocese.
Download the full North Belfast Centre of Mission NEWSLETTER.