Our Eden teams up and down the country have been adapting and finding creative ways to engage with their communities during lockdown. Heather, team leader of Eden Rhydyfelin (South Wales), shares how their team have been showing the love of Jesus in their community…
We regularly hold ‘bouncy castle church’ serves throughout the year, but because of the current circumstances we have been looking for other ways to keep in touch with our community.
So, we came up with ‘Bouncy Bags of Hope’ instead. These are gift bags filled with colouring sheets, word searches, crafts, treats and sweets along with an info flyer for the church. The usual things we would have at a bouncy castle church, just without the bouncy castles!
We are going to deliver these to houses around Rhydyfelin and we will be using PPE delivered to us by Samaritans Purse. This will ensure safe preparation and delivery for all involved.
We are also on a fortnightly basis sending craft activity packs to some of the children within our church. These include Bible stories, colouring sheets. word searches and crafts to complete. They have all been greatly appreciated, and it’s a great way to stay connected with the whole family, rather than just the parents. We are planning to continue this as long as the lockdown continues.
At the start of August, we were due to take 10 local youth to the Newday festival in Norfolk. This could have been such a pivotal week in their spiritual lives as we have witnessed in the last few years. Please pray that those boys we were working alongside before lockdown began will remember all they learnt and experienced of God’s love.