Friday and Saturday were stuffed full of events!
After a morning of more door knocking, ESL class, playgroup and High School scripture, Friday afternoon began 24 hours of events!
First up, St Phil’s Caringbah hosted a mobile food pantry – a fortnightly event run by Anglicare that welcomes those on welfare assistance groceries at reduced prices. The locals we spoke to were grateful for the opportunity to connect with church whilst shopping for their weekly meals. We were able to have great conversations with those in the community who felt the practical care of the church.
Cronulla then hosted Colin Buchanan which saw families from the local community come for a sing and a snag! This was a great way to connect families from all walks of life, as well as encourage Christian kids.
A group from our team then helped introduce the teens at Caringbah to door knocking! The youth group took part in ‘Take Love’ – an initiative run by Anglicare that encourages youth to get involved in social justice. Having dropped leaflets in the area the previous week, we knocked on local doors to collect any non-perishable items collected by those in the community.
We were also able to see how the St Luke’s Miranda youth group ran. Here’s the year 11&12 group as they kicked off their ‘speed-dating’ themed night:
The big-ticket Friday night event was ‘Free to Be’ at the WIN Entertainment Centre in Wollongong. This was an amazing opportunity to partner with churches in the Wollongong and preach the gospel to the youth of the region. We were able to help by working in logistics and chatting to youth who were interested in exploring Christianity further. Here’s a pic!
On Saturday we headed over to Kurnell to help out at their jumble sale. We helped out by face painting, running a BBQ and helping to set up and pack up. We were also able to have conversations with locals – even a neighbour who had come into the church grounds and wasn’t able to leave because his son wanted to keep jumping on the jumping castle!