The Big Church Serve is back for a sixth year and is set to take Lisburn and Hillhall by storm over the Easter period!
The Big Church Serve allows the Cathedral community to express its faith through love. This year events, which run from April 17-20, include some brand new ideas.
On Wednesday April 17 the whole team heads to Hillhall. From 11am-3pm, the team will run a kids’ club, a cage football tournament and drop-in for teenagers, a grace cafe offering free tea, coffee and traybakes, and an afternoon tea for senior citizens.
There will be a team cleaning up the Big Church Serve mural, a door-to-door team bringing a plant to every house in the estate, and a prayer and evangelism team offering prayer at every house.
From 4pm there will be games on the green, a bouncy castle and a free barbecue.
At 6.30pm there will be a Flute Band Church Parade around the estate, with Portadown Flute Band Church (led by the Rev William Orr, formerly rector of Muckamore, Killead and Gartree) and Lisburn Fusiliers Flute Band
Following the parade, William will be the preacher at a service in the marquee on the green in the estate.
On Thursday and Friday everyone will return to the city centre, where the Big Church Serve team plans to make an impact on Bow Street.
The Rev Danielle McCullagh, curate at Lisburn Cathedral, said: “In previous years, we have been blessed and encouraged to have so many people come through the doors of the Cathedral and engage with the good news of Jesus.
“We realise that the culture of Lisburn is changing and the footfall has decreased, so this year, as well as hosting a grace café inside our church building, we want to bless shops and businesses, shoppers, families, older people and young people who frequent Lisburn by taking the Church onto Bow Street!
“We’ll have prayer and evangelism on the street, giant games and activities, crafts, chocolate giveaways, and we’re opening a temporary prayer room in an empty shop unit.”
On Saturday the community is invited to Market Square for an ‘Alive and Kicking Eggstravaganza’, with puppet shows, egg decorating, games, crafts, and a free barbecue.
Then on Sunday our risen and living Lord Jesus will be celebrated in an ‘Alive and Kicking Easter Sunday Service.’
Lisburn Cathedral is also running a series of Big Events which are open to the whole community during the course of Holy Week.
In an exciting programme, the Cathedral is hosting Lisburn Community Choir on Monday, a youth-led service on Tuesday, Flute Band Church on Wednesday (in Hillhall), a Passover Meal on Thursday and the Abaana New Life Choir will be in concert on Friday.