Over the last six months, churches in the Lisburn area, including Christ Church Parish, Lisburn Cathedral and Derryvolgie Parish, have been part of a mission called 10,000 Lives Lisburn.
The programme is facilitated by Crown Jesus Ministries with the vision that as a group, the 15 churches would run a number of events and outreach programmes with the aim of reaching 10,000 lives in the city of Lisburn.
The initiative began by asking each member of the churches to pray for five people who don’t yet know Jesus, and then invite those five people to events being run over a three-month period.
Lisburn Cathedral had planned a breakfast with former Northern Ireland footballer Stuart Elliott, a ladies’ mental health night, street outreach, and a ‘Sensory Sunday,’ with worship for all ages and abilities
The Rev Danielle McCullagh, curate at the cathedral, said a huge number of events had been planned, but the coronavirus pandemic meant these had to be cancelled.
“We didn’t want to lose the unity being built up among churches, nor did we want to let go of our vision of reaching out to the people of Lisburn with the good news of Jesus,” Danielle said.
“With that in mind, the church leaders have continued to meet online over the past few weeks. Through our discussions, we wanted to offer an opportunity to worship together and to be encouraged together, albeit online.”
As an outcome of this, Lisburn Cathedral is running an online conference for the ladies of the churches in Lisburn on Thursday May 7.
“I’ll be hosting the event, and interviewing ladies from a variety of churches about what their life looks like in lockdown,” Danielle said. “Megan McBride from The Journey Church will be leading worship and Amanda Mitchell from Crown Jesus Ministries will be sharing the story of Hagar in Genesis 16.
“We hope that it will be a real encouragement for ladies of all ages.”
The Ladies’ Night takes place on the Zoom platform from 7.30pm-9pm on Thursday. Anyone wanting to get involved should visit the 10,000 Lives Lisburn Facebook page for more information.